Anticipation of War

On September 27, an exhibition of artists of 2 generations, whose works are related to the threat of war in Ukraine, was held.

The exhibition is called "Anticipatoin of War". It opened on the eve of the large Ukrainian-Swiss forum in the Parliament of Switzerland in Bern.

On September 27, an exhibition of artists of 2 generations, whose works are related to the threat of war in Ukraine, was held.

The exhibition is called "Anticipatoin of War". It opened on the eve of the large Ukrainian-Swiss forum in the Parliament of Switzerland in Bern.


This year we presented the art of author of the 70s who was in opposition to the ideological paradigm of the Soviet Union Vladislav Mamsikov and the works of the young Ukrainian author Yuriy Sivirin, whose art reflects an echo of the previous generations and, at the same time, a current trend in Ukrainian art.


Yuriy Sivirin and Vladislav Mamsikov are from different generations of Ukrainian art. These generations were forming in rapidly changing time. So they run into and influence each other.


Vladislav Mamsikov worked in non-official painting tradition of Ukrainian art in Soviet time. His works is a reflection of anticipation felt during the pre-collapse of the USSR. He chose the image of Russian matryoshka with a loaded bullet inside as a symbol of this feeling of collapse.


Yuriy Sivirin uses images as a way to transform meanings. He works in method of sensory trasformation of known images. He also resorts to an even more radical and unique substitution of reality – taking the pictures from a film archive of phantoms of events which never happened.


The works of our artists were well appreciated by Swiss politicians, public figures of Switzerland and the Ukrainian community. The exhibition was attended by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland (at that time) Artem Rybchenko, members of the Ukrainian Parliament and Ukrainian business.