THE HUMAN AND THE ART OF THE SOVIER ERA
It is impossible to imagine that there is an art gallery in an ordinary Ukrainian village with two streets. Moreover, it is impossible to believe that it is not just a gallery, but a full-size art museum with 3000 exhibition units. Joseph Buhanchuk was a military man, then taught civil defense at the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. During his teaching, he became interested in art collecting and began dreaming of creating an art museum in his native village in Zhytomyr. Returning to Ukraine, he began to realize his dream. We can only imagine what efforts were needed to implement it. However, everything worked! So an interesting building in the style of a late Soviet modernism, created by architects specifically for this collection, appeared in the Zhytomyr region. I was very impressed with this story itself and with the museum collection. Maybe we got used to the art of the totalitarian era, or maybe the collection of the Kmytiv Museum is so extraordinary, but the concentration of beauty, colors and artistic talent in the two thousand square meters of the museum is just beyond the scale. The painting "Wedding" by V. Zadorozhny, measuring 2.8 by 5 meters, created during the sixties, just takes your breath away. Incredibly, the artist managed to make such a large painting in one style, to convey the colorful types of Ukrainian rural wedding, using the means of modernism and the techniques of decorative Ukrainian folk painting. For a long time our eyeballs were captured by the female steelworker image, reminiscent of the female images of Dutch masters of the early Renessance; teachers, sportswomen, and waitresses of Soviet restaurants that came down to us like from the canvases of French post-impressionists. Surprisingly, the art of the totalitarian era in this museum looks fresh and contemporary. It should be noted separately that J. Buhanchuk tried to bring to the museum artworks by artists from all republics of the Soviet Union. That is why we got the opportunity to see this world for the first time through the eyes of the artists of the Caucasus, Baltics, Central Asia, Siberia.