Ivan Marchuk: world-renowned weaver of polarities
June 28 - August 18, 2019, Opening: Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm, at Ukrainian National Museum 2249 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60612
For seven rare weeks, June – August, the Ukrainian National Museum will offer Chicagoland that opportunity, by hosting an exhibition of abstract expressionist Ivan Marchuk's mesmerizing paintings – including his landscape series "Voice of My Soul".
The son of a master weaver, Marchuk coined his elaborate, critically acclaimed painting technique "plyontanism," from the Ukrainian "to weave, strap, entwine". His paintings appear to be woven from thousands of snarls of tempura thread. Layered into a dense web of pigment, these super fine filaments create a luminous, enamel-like depth of field, entwining stark polarities: good with evil, harmony with discord, beauty with grotesqueness, nature with technology, life with death.
Banned from the Union of Artists in Soviet Ukraine for refusing to conform to socialist realism in the 1980s, Marchuk found a home for his genius in Australia, Canada, and the US. His enigmatic landscapes, and surreal psychic-scapes were extolled by Pablo Picasso's biographer, esteemed art critic Roland Penrose.
His evocative mastery has been praised in Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1996 independent Ukraine awarded him the country's highest artistic distinction:
From surreal Chornobyl induced vast destruction, to hyperrealist intimate portraits, to fantastically dream-like florals, it's impossible not to stop, stare, and ponder these works of passion and precision. Four decades of genius artistry is yours to peruse at the Ukrainian National Museum. Don't miss it.
Museum hours: Thursday - Sunday 11:00 - 4:00 pm.