The exhibition was developed to acquaint American viewers with an insight into a distinctive Slavic, a Ukrainian Christian culture, which dates from the 10th century, and the journey from the adoption of Orthodoxy to the emergence of a Ukrainian national ethos. Ukraine has long served as a crossroads between East and West, North and South, and the materials on display eloquently underscore this point.
Commenting upon the collection, Greg Guroff, President of FIAE, noted, “One can simply marvel at the masterpieces, which have been produced over the centuries, and enjoy the artistry as well as the religious and cultural symbolism that they provide.”
The exhibition will also include an outdoor sculpture installation and artworks by Ukrainian contemporary artist Oksana Mas, whose paintings and sculptures reveal the latest evolution in Ukrainian cultural expression. Mas’s work is known for its mix of old and new kaleidoscopes of color and visual media.
“Meridian places great value on collaborations with organizations dedicated to furthering cultural diplomacy,” said Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian. “This presentation with the Foundation for International Arts & Education and our Ukrainian partners is a strong example of how cultural topics can serve as catalysts for constructive dialogue among people of different traditions and backgrounds.”
The exhibition is supported in part by the Industrial Union of Donbas, the U.S. – Ukraine Business Council, Museum of National Cultural Heritage PlaTar, and Richmond European Wine Wholesale, Inc Company (R.E.W.W.).