ICONS PAINTED ON AMMUNITION BOXES 18 October - 13 November 2022, Media Hall National Museum of the Romanian Peasant
The Polish Institute in Bucharest together with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bucharest,, in cooperation with the Romanian Peasant Museum and with support of the Embassy of Ukraine in Romania, invite you to the opening of a unique exhibition of icons painted on ammunition crates by two Ukrainian artists on Tuesday 18 October at 6 pm.
In 2014, in the aftermath of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, two Ukrainian artists, Oleksandr Klymenko and Sonia Atlantova, began to create a highly original and meaningful art project that involves painting icons on ammunition crates. This juxtaposition has an extremely powerful effect on the viewer. The project interweaves things that at first glance seem impossible to combine: icon and crate, life and death. "Through our works we want to transform death, symbolized by the cartridge case, into life, traditionally symbolized in Ukrainian culture by the icon," says Klymenko.
The collection on display in Bucharest will also include more recent works, including icons created by Klymenko during a stay at the front in August 2022. The Ukrainian artists' main aim to sell the icons and direct all proceeds going to charitable causes related to countering the effects of Russian aggression, and in particular to support the First Voluntary Mobile Hospital of Ukraine, which has already treated more than 60,000 patients since 2014. According to Klymenko, 97% of the hospital's operating costs have been covered by the sale of icons.
The icons collected in the exhibition travel around the world and are exhibited in various places. So far, they have been displayed in 15 countries and about 100 locations (including such prestigious sites as the European Parliament and the National Museum in Vilnius).
The opening, with the participation of the authors of the works, will take place on 18 October in the Media Room of the Romanian Peasant Museum. The exhibition will be on display until 13 November this year, from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The project hosted at the Romanian Peasant Museum is realised by the Polish Embassy in Bucharest and the Polish Institute in Bucharest, with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in Romania