Saturday, April 2, 2022

About 'the War of the Mushrooms' at the Ukrainian Museum

Here's information about a timely new exhibition at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E. Sixth St. between Second Avenue and Cooper Square, opening tomorrow (April 3).

Via the EVG inbox... 
"The War of the Mushrooms" is a group of 10 original illustrations by Ukrainian artist Nikita Kravtsov. Drawing inspiration from the eponymous folk tale, a popular classic in Slavic cultures and the subject of a 1909 publication of the tale featuring illustrations by the prominent Ukrainian graphic artist, Heorhii Narbut, Kravtsov's contemporary interpretation reimagines the tale with paintings of scenes from Russia's current war on Ukraine. 

Mushroom soldiers shoot mushroom missiles at projectiles fired from Russia onto Ukrainian soil, cities, and innocent civilians. The creative pictures drawn by Kravtsov in pencil and painted in vivid colors should not be misunderstood as simple cartoons and illustrations one finds in comic books. The subject matter is serious and representative of the massive assault by Russia on Ukraine and Ukrainian culture. Kravtsov reacts to the unwarranted war and the destruction levied on his homeland in his own inimitable style.
Kravtsov will be on-hand for the exhibition opening tomorrow. 

The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find more details here


Artwork from the series "The War of the Mushrooms," Nikita Kravtsov/Courtesy of the Ukrainian Museum 

Photo of Kravtsov by Alex Neprel/Courtesy of the Ukrainian Museum

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