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Ukrainian at the Ukraine Institute

While I was returning from the Museum of Natural History on the crosstown bus, I noticed that the Ukraine Institute was hosting an exhibit of contemporary Ukrainian artists, among whom was a painter called Sergei Belik.

Christine’s family name is Bilyk but, translations from Cyrillic characters vary, and I wondered  whether there could be any relationship. We visited the Institute after we returned from Atlantic City and Christine had an opportunity to speak Ukrainian with several people but she gathered very little information about the artists.

However, the exhibition was well worth the visit. In addition to the contemporary work it included  some “Socialist Realism” works from  the Soviet Period which I found interesting since I had last seen the like in Moscow some forty years earlier! Click on the pictures for detail





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The Ukrainian Institute occupies one of the Fifth Avenue Mansions which is now has Landmark status. It retains much of its original craftsmanship including this magnificent carved oak staircase:




One of the ladies' powder rooms

One of the ladies’ powder rooms

Captivating portrait

Captivating portrait




Beautiful bronze of the Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko

Beautiful bronze of the Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko.  The artist was Alexander Archipenko

Finally, here is one of the collection of “Socialist Realism” works:

This heroic work pictures Krushov welcoming astronaut, Gagarin upon hid return from space

This heroic work pictures  Nikita Khrushchev welcoming astronaut, Yuri Gagarin upon his return from space



2 Responses

  1. Great stuff, thought the Ukranians would be in the east village:) If it ever gets warmer, I’m saving a bottle of wine.

  2. Be happy to share it with you, Stanley.

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