In the Eye of the Storm Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s by Konstantin Akinsha

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In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s presents the groundbreaking art produced in Ukraine in the early 20th century. The book accompanies an exhibition that traces Ukrainian artistic developments between 1900 and the 1930s in three key cultural centres – Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Odesa – against a complicated socio-political backdrop of collapsing empires, World War I, the Revolution of 1917 and the creation of Soviet Ukraine.

Showcasing avant-garde art and the Ukrainian artists who made it, while acknowledging the complex geopolitical structures and identities within which it functioned, In the Eye of the Storm features works in various media, from traditional oil paintings and drawings to collages, graphic and theatre designs, and cinema. Exploring the distinctive voice of Ukrainian artists in the early 20th century, this is a relevant and important publication that reveals Ukraine’s significant contribution to modern art.