Journey to Kyiv galleries – you’re wellcome!

Ukrainian famous artist Oleksandr Dubovyk marks his 80th birthday this year. Painting in different genres from surrealism and abstract to postmodern and avant-garde, Dubovyk will exhibit 60 art works, some of them for the first time ever.

Refusing to draw scenes of social realism during the Soviet times, he was banned by the authorities. Today his works are displayed in museums around the world.

National Art Museum of Ukraine, 6 Hrushevskogo St., 278-13-57, 278-74-54, www.namu.kiev.ua, until March 25 (closed Mondays, Tuesdays).

American artist of Ukrainian descent Nestor Topchy has never been to Ukraine before, yet Ukrainian art and culture feature heavily in his work.

Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysankas, and icons in his project “Return” are influenced by the Western culture, so don’t expect a traditional ethnic show.

Ivan Gonchara Museum, 29 Masepy St., 280-52-10, www.honchar.org.ua, until March 14 (closed Mondays)

Evgen Ravsky follows rebellious Caravaggio in painting Bible themes with realism. The exhibition “Ecce Homines,” or Behold the Man, takes the viewer back to the time when Pontius Pilate presented Christ in thorns shortly before his crucifixion.

Ravsky puts modern people in the shoes of ancient Bible characters, such as Kane, who killed his brother out of jealousy and Abraham, who’d been asked to sacrifice his son to prove his faith. The exhibition aims to show the loss of moral standards and spirituality.

Ya Gallery on Voloska, 55/57 Voloska St., 537 33 51, www.yagallery.com.ua, until March 14.

Ukraine’s living genius, painter Ivan Marchuk, presents his latest 30 paintings.

Born to a family of a weaver, he invented his own style of painting, which looks like weaving itself.

A master of landscapes, Marchuk delves into three-dimensional abstract themes this time.

Mytets Gallery, 12, Velyka Vasylkivska St., 234-40-06, until Feb. 28

Artist Candice Breitz from South Africa studies a relationship between celebrities and their fans in the “You+Me” exhibition. She presents three video-portraits of famous pop-culture icons John Lennon, Madonna and Michael Jackson and five group portraits of their fan communities.
There’s also a video of Ukrainian-Chinese triplets, living in Canada, answering the same questions each. Similarities in their answers mark their struggle to find individuality.

PinchukArtCentre, 1/3-2 Chervonoarmiyska/Baseyna, Block A, 590-0858, www.pinchukartcentre.org, until Apr. 17 (closed Monday)

All 74 sculptures of world-famous French impressionist artist and painter Edgar Degas will make it to Kyiv. Degas, now considered a founder of the impressionist trend, denied the term back in the 19th century and called himself a realist.

Only one sculpture was exhibited in his lifetime – “The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer.” After Degas’ death, his heirs discovered about 150 wax sculptures, 74 of which were fit to be cast in bronze.

Apart from this art mammoth, the Sculpture Saloon will present some 30 works from leading Ukrainian modern sculptors.

Mystetsky Arsenal, 12-14 Lavrska, metro Arsenalna, 288-5225, artarsenal.in.ua, until March 14.

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