Exploring the Creativity of Maria Prymachenko in Finland
An exhibition of the Ukrainian artist opened in Finland for the first time
Photo from the Facebook page of Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Finland and Iceland
On April 26, an official opening of the exhibition of renowned Ukrainian artist, Maria Prymachenko, took place in Turku, Finland.
The works presented belong to the collection of the National Museum of Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art in Kyiv, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said in a press release.
“Prymachenko’s paintings are filled with imaginative details. They feature beautifully plumed birds and other animals that act in a human manner: they argue, play music and dine together or simply march smartly across the frame. Prymachenko’s symmetrical depictions of decorative floral arrangements display a splendor of colours. Her paintings of traditional life in the Ukrainian countryside are like storybook illustrations,” reads the ministry’s press release.
“More than 100 Prymachenko’s works from the 1930s to 1980s are presented. The genial artist has created her own style, involving endless variants of decorative, genre and landscape compositions, with fantastic birds, animals and flowers,” wrote the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Finland and Iceland on Facebook.
Prymachenko’s works are being displayed in Finland for the first time. The exposition is ongoing until Sept. 2 at the Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova museum.
”Getting to explore the extensive collection of Prymachenko’s works at the National Museum of Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art has been a privilege. Our aim has been to assemble an array of works that offers an abundant and memorable introduction to the artist’s works,” said the curator of the Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova museum, Silja Lehtonen.
Prymachenko is one of the most famous artists in Ukraine. She was born in 1908 in the Ukrainian village of Bolotnia. Her family taught her a variety of traditional Ukrainian crafts, such as embroidery and decorating Easter eggs. She expressed her creativity through drawing and painting. In 1936, Prymachenko was invited to Kyiv to join a community of artists to produce folk art professionally. Her works were widely on display all around Europe. In 1937, she was awarded a golden medal at the Paris World Fair, where her appearance gathered a lot of attention.
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