Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Focus
Ukraine’s Artistic Culture

Ada Raev

Deutsche Fassung


For art historians in the West, Ukrainian art is a blind spot. It has been either fully ignored or subsumed into Russian and Soviet art. While certain artists’ biographies and works may be characterized by Ukrainian-Russian intertwining, there is also a rich independent Ukrainian culture, from folk art and fine art to architecture. Catchwords here are the wooden churches, the Cossack baroque, and the avantgarde. The artistic heritage of Ukraine, whose history has been moulded by territorial discontinuity and political ruptures, draws on different cultures and strands of tradition. Diversity and heterogeneity are its hallmarks.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 353–374)