31 July 2009

Transcarpathian Museum of Art Named After Y. Bokshay

A rather verbose name for a museum, but no matter.
And before someone comments about it, I know I'm inconsistent in my transliteration.  Transliteration, by its very nature, is imperfect. 

As if there was ever any doubt of the richness of Rusyn culture, after visiting this museum (large by any standards), there would be absolutely none.  And yet, this is a part of Rusyn culture that does not get nearly the attention that it deserves, perhaps for lack of experts in this field.

(The colors of the photos below are not quite as vibrant as they actually are, because in order to protect the property of the museum, I have reduced their size and resolution considerably from my originals.  We had a fun time dodging the gallery attendants, who in turn pretended not to notice we were taking lots of photos.)

Bokshaj's Prodigal Son, 1935.
Erdelyi's Portrait of A.S., 1931.

Bolkonskoi-Nikulinskoi's Woman, 1935.
The sculpture gallery is full of this socialist realism that I can't get enough of.
The temporary exhibit was of the very accomplished brother and sister artists Ivan and Larysa Brody.  Here's a selection:
Ivan Brody's Easter, 2007?
Quite possibly the strongest painting in the exhibit.

Larysa Brody's Springtime, 2007.
There's something a bit delightfully subversive about this.

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