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Ukrainian paintings showcased in Switzerland

The Kunstmuseum Basel has tweaked its programme to welcome 49 paintings brought out of Ukraine. The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the Kyiv Picture Gallery and will be open until April 30, 2022.

"When the war broke out, all the colleagues from the museum in Kyiv packed the works and tried to close the windows to bring as much security as possible to the building," said Osadtschy. The national gallery's director started looking for partners to evacuate some of their artworks and were helped by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) who connected them to art institutions in Switzerland.

Just days before the paintings were due to leave the Ukrainian capital, a bomb exploded next to the museum building, damaging it. The artworks remained untouched.

"We had no previous contact with this museum, so it was a big adventure in a way. But then we realised this could be a really meaningful gesture, and started to work on it," said Josef Helfenstein, the director of the Kunstmuseum in Basel. "We had no budget for it, our programme was fixed, finished. So we had to decide where can we do this, if we can do it, and so on. We decided that it would be in these spaces, and that we would postpone another project."
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