Chornobyl 30 Years Later Exhibit Review - Beautiful Art Conveying a Horrific Disaster

Over 30 years ago on April 26, 1986 in Pripyat, Ukraine a nuclear power plant exploded, leaving a city and its people in copious amounts of turmoil and destruction. The disaster left a lasting impact on the town in more ways than one. Not only were there many casualties and those who were injured, but the aftermath of the tragedy left people heartbroken, the city physically destroyed, and the environment poisoned.

“Chornobyl 30 Years Later” is an exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Ukrainian Village commemorating the nuclear explosion. The exhibit opened April 1st, featuring two galleries: “Chornobyl: Impact & Beyond” and “Chornobyl: Artists Respond”. The first exhibit displays artistic pieces created to reflect the physical and emotional damage to the country of Ukraine and its people. While the second exhibit focuses on local Chicago artists to remember the event through art. These 30 artists’ prints from the second exhibit are compiled and featured in a portfolio available for purchase at UIMA for $1,000.

In the west gallery, “Chornobyl: Impact & Beyond” 9 artworks are featured in paintings, sculptures, origami work, and more. One of the biggest and most standout pieces is Ricardo Manuel Diaz’s The Final Room ($17,500). The piece represents the urgency that the residents of Pripyat displayed during and after the explosion(s). The emptiness of the room provides imagery for how the people were feeling – they were losing all of there belongings. The room represents the physical rooms and belongings, pain, and emptiness that was felt by every victim.

Another standout piece from the exhibit is Jave Yoshimoto’s Harbinger of Late Winter Day’s Dusk (NFS). The painting is a representation of how the event was portrayed socially and internally within both Ukraine and the rest of the world. Socially, the event was quickly forgotten about by the rest of the world – like many disastrous events in history. Yet, in Ukraine, the impacts of the disaster were still deeply felt by it’s residents. This is described in the “wave” of the painting and the small details of the brush strokes. 

The east gallery’s exhibit, “Chornobyl: Artists Respond”, holds 30 artworks from Chicago artists of different backgrounds taking their own spin on the nuclear power plant events in Ukraine. Below are a few images of pieces that instantly catch the eye.

Chornobyl 30 Years Later will be exhibited until May 29, 2016. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is located on 2320 W Chicago Avenue and is open Wednesday – Sunday 12PM-4PM. For any questions about the museum or the exhibits specifically, call (773)-227-5522, contact Robin Dluzen (Exhibitions and Operations Manager at [email protected] , or visit Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art online today.


Photos: Courtesy of Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

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