​​”Beast of war. Bird of Hope” — an art exhibition with exclusive works by Maria Prymachenko, is being held in the USA

Due to the 60th anniversary of the United States government’s program “Art in Embassies”, an art exhibition opened at the Kennedy Center (Washington). The project includes exhibits of Ukrainian artists. Aspen Institute (USA) and Aspen Institute Kyiv, in partnership, organized the production as a part of the solemn art presentation “Art and Ideals”.

There are two works by Maria Prymachenko in the exhibition — “Beast of War” and “Bird of Hope”. The collection also hosts 25 works by modern Ukrainian artists created during the full-scale military invasion of Russia on the territory of Ukraine.

This is an adapted version of the exhibition that took place at the Aspen Campus of the Aspen Meadows Institute in Aspen, Colorado (USA) last year — “Beast of War. Bird of hope”.

— Art can convey emotions that cannot be described in words, especially during the unprovoked, barbaric invasion of Russia into Ukraine. The main task of this exhibition is to explain once again the inhuman nature of the Russian war and to tell American leaders about the incredible will of Ukrainians for victory. I am convinced that the Ukrainian exhibition will contribute to the increase of support for Ukraine, — said Natalie Jaresko, the Chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board.

The curator of the exhibition is artist Alisa Lozhkina. Previously, she worked as the Deputy Director and Curator of the Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum and Exhibition Complex and was the Editor-In-Chief of Art Ukraine.

— It was a day of unprecedented solidarity and I am very grateful for it to all my colleagues from the Aspen Institute — Vice President Elliott Gerson, his team — Jonathan Price, Danielle Baussan, Sofia Wallace, as well as Aspen Institute Kyiv, without whose initiatives and active work this project would not be able to take place — to the Chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board Natalia Jaresko, executive director Yulia Tychkivska, seminars program director Alina Shklyaruk and others, — said Alisa Lozhkina.

Ukrainian Ambassador to the USA Oksana Markarova gave a special speech during the exhibition’s opening. 

The exhibition will be held at the Kennedy Center (Washington) from January 31 to February 5. An excerpt from the ballet “Swan Lake” by Ukrainian ballerina Svitlana Onipko will also be presented at the Kennedy Center. 

For reference: Aspen Institute Kyiv is a Ukrainian non-partisan public union that supports the development of value-oriented leadership. As a platform for leadership dialogue Aspen Institute Kyiv also promotes the development of a culture of dialogue and creates opportunities for the exchange of ideas.