"Born in Ukraine" Exhibition Supported by the Museum of Art and History of Geneva and the Art Support Fund

June, Basel, Switzerland

About the event

An array of high-quality exhibitions take place concurrently in and around Basel, creating a region-wide art week. One of the "must-visits" this year is Born in Ukraine in Kunstmuseum Basel. During the Art Basel days, the presentation and an exclusive curator’s tour of the exhibition “Born in Ukraine” will be held with the support of the Museum of Art and History of Geneva and the Art Support Fund.
49 paintings from the 18th through the 20th century and other works from Kyiv city are exhibited now temporarily in Switzerland. The art museum showcases works by 31 artists from the Kyiv National Art Gallery, Ukraine’s national art museum, the pieces that were rescued and evacuated from Ukraine during bomb attacks on the city of Kyiv. The works were transported for the exhibition after the massive shelling of the Ukrainian capital, when the museum itself suffered destruction.
Among the artists whose work is on display in the exhibition are Illiia Repin, Dmytro Levytsky, Volodymyr Borovykovsky, Arkhyp Kuindzhi, Mykola Yaroshenko, and Davyd Burliuk. All these painters were born within the borders of Ukrainian lands. Many of them were trained in the Russian Empire and, later, the Soviet Union, which entailed misconception of their names belonging to the russian cultural heritage. Today these names are being restored to their rightful home. Some of the featured artists subsequently settled in Western Europe or the United States. In addition to these ethnic Ukrainians, Born in Ukraine also features artists with Jewish, Polish, Armenian, or Greek roots whose practices were informed by several distinct national traditions, such as Ivan Aivazovsky, Lev Lagorio, Arkhyp Kuyindzhi, Kostiantyn Kryzhytsky, Isaak Brodsky, and Davyd Shterenberg.

About the project

The project Born in Ukraine pays homage to the distinctive history of the National Museum "Kyiv Art Gallery". Currently hosted by the Kunstmuseum Basel, this unique project is not confined to a single location. Rather, it is an ongoing journey that will travel to other venues, spreading the message of cooperation and cultural exchange. 
Born in Ukraine exhibition features a diverse selection from the National Museum "Kyiv Art Gallery" collection, as well as works of modern and contemporary art from both museum and private collections, highlighting the historical misappropriation of Ukrainian art by Russia over the centuries. 
However, the Born in Ukraine project is not just about the past. It is a forward-looking initiative that seeks to create a bridge between the rich history of Ukrainian art and its vibrant present. By displaying contemporary works alongside traditional pieces, we hope to inspire a new generation of artists and foster collaboration between institutions.



Born in Ukraine aims to restore historical justice by showcasing the names and works of Ukraine's outstanding artists, particularly those who remained loyal to their Ukrainian roots in the condition of Russian misappropriation.


The project "Born in Ukraine" aims to highlight the rich heritage of Ukrainian culture relatively unknown before. By showcasing Ukrainian art, the exhibition seeks to familiarise the public with the country's unique artistic traditions and to focus on the contribution to the European cultural landscape.

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Initiators and supporters

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Kyiv National Art Gallery

One of the largest art museums in Ukraine. It was set up in Kyiv in 1922 out of the nationalized private collections of the Tereshchenko family, dating back to the 1870s. Until 1934 it was known as the Kyiv Picture Gallery. Its jubilee exhibitions include the better works of Ukrainian artists who had worked mostly in Russia. It publishes special art catalogues for students.

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Kunstmuseum Basel

houses the oldest public art collection in the world and is generally considered to be the most important museum of art in Switzerland8 It is listed as a heritage site of national significance

Its lineage extends back to the Amerbach Cabinet, which included a collection of works by Hans Holbein purchased by the city of Basel and the University of Basel in 1661, which made it the first municipally owned and therefore open to the public museum in the world.

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Art Support Fund

The Art Fund Support’s mission is to ensure the sustainable operation of the Ukrainian cultural sector: people, assets and infrastructure as an important prerequisite for the Ukrainian nation’s vitality and unity for the sake of victory against the Russian invasion.
The mission of the Art Support Fund is to provide various support to artists and assist them in sustaining their practice to ensure the continuity of artistic practice.