The WAG-produced The Phenomenon of the Ukrainian Avant-Garde opens at the Gallery, touring later to the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
The exhibition of over 70 works loaned by the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the State Museum of Ukrainian Theatre, Music, and Film Arts, and private collectors features art from the early 20th century, a period characterized by both great innovation and repression under Stalin’s Soviet regime. Organizing the exhibition required four WAG staff members—Maurice Fox, Ernest Mayer, Jasmina Jovanovic-Vlaovic, and Dan Dell-Agnese—to travel to Kyiv. Fox and Mayer, who had worked in Kyiv on the 1991exhibition Spirit of Ukraine, were struck by the changes that had occurred in the ensuing decade. They noted the advent of the open market, with the increased number of stores and restaurants, but also frustration with the new government and unstable economic situation.