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“THE MUSES ARE NOT SILENT” – a Ukrainian wartime art exhibition is coming to Denmark

Ukraine House in Denmark will open for the public on 24th of February at 18:00 in Copenhagen. It will kick off with the exhibition “THE MUSES ARE NOT SILENT”, Ukrainian art in a time of war.

Inspired by the famous expression: “When the cannons are heard, the muses are silent,” the exhibition demonstrates that Ukrainian culture proves the opposite.

The exhibition is curated by Pavlo Gudimov (Ya Gallery) and more than fifty artists from all over Ukraine will represent their art, created during the war: paintings, objects and video art.

It was first showcased over the summer of 2022 in Lviv under constant air sirens and “what if” scenarios. Now it will be launched at the new premises of Ukraine House in Denmark.

"No one could have predicted that culture would turn out to be so fruitful and necessary under the conditions of war. I could never have imagined that such a shortening of the distance between events and reflection would produce such strong material. This exhibition is not about war. It is about creativity during the war, courage, freedom, and originality, which should be appreciated here and now,"

- says the exhibition’s curator Pavlo Gudimov.

On 24th of February the calendar will mark a year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The horrors of war have become familiar to every Ukrainian. And yet, Ukrainian culture has continued to flourish in spite of the aggression it has been subject to and Ukrainian artists continue to create.

"A year ago, on this day, millions of Ukrainians woke up to the sounds of Russian bombs and our lives were changed forever. During the war for our identity and values, there is no better way to commemorate the bitter anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine than to open a cultural embassy of our homeland in Copenhagen. While Russians are trying to destroy our culture and values, we are responding by making our culture visible and sharing it with the world!”, – says Natalia Popovych, chairperson of the Ukraine House in Denmark.

Participating artists:

Volodymyr Budnikov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Vlada Ralko, Tiberiy Silvashi, Dmytro Moldovanov, Yaroslav Motyka, Albina Yaloza, Ihor Yanovych, Yuriy Denisenkov, Hanna Drul, Andriy Dudchenko, Iryna Kalenyk, Oleksandr Korol, Volodymyr Kostyrko, Anton Logov, Sadan Vague, Danylo Movchan , Volodymyr Semkiv, Denys Shimanskyi, AZA NIZI MAZA, Pictoric, balbek bureau, Hochu Raju, Re +, Drozdov and partners, Andriy Varenytsia, and others.

The exhibition will run from February 24th at 18:00 till 21st of May 2023

Where: Christianshavn, Gammel Dok, Strandgade 27B, 1401 København.

When: Feb 24 at 18.00 - free entry

Feb 25 onwards - 50 DKK; free entry for Ukrainian refugees and children

Curator's Excursions at 16:00 on February 25th and February 26th


The Embassy of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Denmark

The Ministry of Culture of Denmark

Danish Culture Institute

The Wisti Foundation

Danish Foreign Policy Society

Art Center "Ya Gallery", Ukraine

Schultz J & Goll

Tuborg Fondet

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For more information, please contact Nataliia Popovych, Chairperson, Ukraine House in Denmark, +45 29 74 47 05


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