Museum of the artist Mykola Kumanovskyi was opened in Lutsk

The works of painting of different periods, author’s oulines, sketches, life-time photographs and personal belongings fill the foundation of the newly created museum in Lutsk dedicated to the memory of the iconic figure of artistic life of Ukraine of the second half of the 20th – beginning of the 21st centuries, Mykola Kumanovskyi.

The artistic and memorial museum of Mykola Kumanovskyi was opened on July 14 at the Adrenalin City. It has been planned that it will become the structural unit of the future Korsaks’ Museum of Contemporary Ukrainian Art, the opening of which was announced in the August this year.

As the organizers of the event stressed, in particular, the leading partner of the Art Gallery of Ukraine Art Kafedra Lesia Korsak, the creativity of the artist Mykola Kumanovskyi  is kind of a business card of Lutsk, because in the Volyn region’s center the artist had been living and working for forty years, and he created it in this city if not the largest part of the entire collection of easel painting, sculpture, author’s and printed graphics.

– This museum will not be permanent, it will have changes. After all, we were able to place into exposition only one-third of the works of Mr. Mykola.  Every month we will change the exposition and hold thematic meetings and nights for the people of art. The Kumanovskyi Museum will become one of the structural units of the future Korsaks’ Museum of Contemporary Ukrainian Art, which we plan to open in Art Kafedra to the Independence Day of Ukraine, – Lesia Korsak noted.

Director of the Lutsk Art Museum Zoya Navrotska stressed that all works of the artist are marked by “impeccable aesthetic taste, high level of technical performance, ability to see the beauty of details and the ability to capture the viewer, give him the mood of the plot, touching the most sensitive strings of the soul, to induce thinking and experience.”

“The artistic and memorial museum of Mykola Kumanovskyi- is our desire to fix in time and space the life of such a remarkable person… The exhibition consists of works of the artist, performed in different periods of his creativity. There are very early, still student sketches, first etchings, experimental painting, well-known and little known paintings here”, – Zoya Navrotska noted.

In addition to the works of the artist, the museum contains an artistic machine of the artist, his brushes, and an old easel with the latest unfinished canvas, photographs, books, magazines, and household items.

“Mykola Kumanovskyi is a man who created the noosphere of the city of Lutsk, its face, its creative component. Now it is not easy to give him an appreciation as to the artist, but undoubtedly, in his writings he went beyond the bounds in which the Soviet system tried to squeeze him. The artist left us a huge inheritance that will inspire for creative searches and new achievements of more and more contemporary artists,” said Grigory Pustovit, present at the event Acting Lutsk Mayor.

He expressed his conviction that the museum would become an ornament of Lutsk, and the Lutsk people should be proud of the fact that “such an extraordinary and gifted person lived and worked in their city”.

Polychrome – 2018

The painting of QSB plates, master classes, thematic films review, a lecture by a Polish artist Błażej Rusin, a photo exhibition and creation of two murals – such is the program of the festival of urban art Polychrome, which takes place in Lutsk on June 28.


Photo: Lubomir Bezrucko

The managing partner of the gallery of Ukrainian modern art Art Kafedra Lesia Korsak, told that the Polychrome festival was launched in 2016.

“The festival of urban art is very necessary for Ukraine. Every year such events take place not only in big cities, but also in small towns. Ukraine is heading for Europe, and we can not lag behind, so we organize this festival. Urban art is an art of the city, of a modern space”, – Lesia Korsak noted.

She emphasized that it is precisely this kind of art that can be accessed by a contemporary audience, since it opens up the pressing problems of the present.

“Urban art gives an impetus, makes keep pace with time, teaches people to be open, sincere, kind,” Lesia Korsak said, and announced that created during the second festival Polyhrome murals will be the part of the future Museum of Contemporary Art, which will start  its activity on the basis of the Art Kafedra in August this year.

In the framework of the festival Polychrome a photo exhibition “Writers files” is in effect in the art cafe Stop Kadr.  It contains graffiti created in different Ukrainian cities, including Lutsk, during 1997-2013.

“These photos belong to the private collection of Lutsk graffiti-writer Cik one and are presented in only one copy. These graffiti, unfortunately, have not been preserved on the walls, but such is the fate of art of graffiti – it can not live long. There are new graffiti, the old drawing”, – the manager of the gallery of contemporary art Art Kafedra Olena Koretska told.

2 Artistic-memorial museum of Mykola Kumanovskyi

Artistic-memorial museum of Mykola Kumanovskyi

Demonstrates the memorial things of the artist: an etching machine, brushes, mastiquins, an old easel, on which – there is the last unfinished canvas. It makes us to deepen into the symbolic essence of the artist and realize that an expressive, trembling and vibrant person lived among us and tried to recreate dramatic impulses of the time in artistic images, complex story compositions the dramatic impulses of the day.