Lecture in English A Museum in Times of War

by Yuliya Vaganova

When:
Mon, October 17, 2022, 7.30pm– 8.30pm

Free admission

Meeting point:
Georg Knorr Saal

© The Ukrainians / Danylo Pavlov
© The Ukrainians / Danylo Pavlov

When:
Mon, October 17, 2022, 7.30pm– 8.30pm

Free admission

Meeting point:
Georg Knorr Saal

"For museums in Ukraine, the war began in 2014. Even then some museums were damaged, and collections moved. At that time, I used to work at the National Art Museum of Ukraine. In winter, there were barricades and burning tires in front of the museum. We asked ourselves questions such as: "If the museum were a nuclear power plant, would the world react, and how do we make sure that museums are as well protected and inviolable as nuclear power plants?" Today we see that this issue has become existential, and there is no red line for nuclear plants.
My talk is about the role of museums in war, it's about what cultural institutions can accomplish in such extreme times and under these conditions, and about whether it is possible to protect cultural assets."
Yuliya Vaganova
 
Since May 9, 2022, Oksana Oliinyk, Senior Researcher at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts in Kyiv, has been working at the Lenbachhaus. Her job is financed through the UKRAINE Funding Line at the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung and the HERMANN REEMTSMA STIFTUNG. By covering staff costs in public museums and collections that employ refugee scholars and conservators from Ukraine, or Russian scholars and conservators who were forced to leave Russia due to their opposition to war in Ukraine.
Kyiv is also a sister city of Munich. We are therefore pleased to invite you to a talk on her experiences by Varvara Khanenko, director of the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts on Kyiv/Ukraine.
 
We thank the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung and the Förderverein Lenbachhaus e.V. for their generous support.