The Program "Opening the World of Art"

The Center for Sacred Art at the Ukrainian Catholic University, in cooperation with the "Dzyga" Gallery and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, is continuing a cycle of educational lectures in architecture and fine art. This course, in particular, pertains to the artistic uniqueness of Lviv in the context of global urban cultural and architecture.

Within the framework of this program on 5 May at 7 p.m. at the Center for Urban History, Yuriy Biriulov held a lecture titled "Architect Ivan Levynskyi – the Creator of the Ukrainian National Style."

Why is it that at the end of the nineteenth century Lviv became the cradle of the Ukrainian national style? How did its first architectural seeds originate in architecture and fine art and what was Ivan Levynskyi’s role in this movement? The speaker will try to provide answers to these questions. The lecture looked at the life and artistic journey of Ivan Levynskyi (1851-1919), the renowned Ukrainian architect, artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist. At the turn of the nineteen and twentieth centuries, in a period of fervent national self-consciousness, he assembled clusters of his students and followers in order, for the first time in Galicia, to realize the idea of reviving the Ukrainian spirit in bright, integrated artistic works. In them, masterfully interpreted were the motifs of national art of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains, which allowed for a discussion of the wide-spread phenomenon of "Hutsul Secession."
Particular attention was paid to structures that were executed by Levynskyi’s firm throughout all of Eastern Galicia and on productions from his famous factory of building materials and artistic majolica.

The lecturer is an author of travel guides, a number of books and articles about the artistic culture of Lviv and the Lviv region from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, including the monographs, "Art of the Lviv Secession" and "Lviv Sculpture from the Middle of the Eighteenth Century to 1939."

On 19 May 2010 at 7 pm at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Bohdan Shumylovych, an art expert and employee of the Center held a lecture entitled "From Antique Tragedy to Abstract Painting: Paradigms of Art Culture".

Though art has existed in the world for over ten thousand years, the Greeks are the ones who initiated the discussion about its nature. The lecture indicated that this tradition is still with us today. An antique tragedy, a gothic cathedral, the Versailles gardens, a novel or an abstract painting: they all have a common European root.

On 29 September at 7 pm at the Center for Urban History a lecture by Bohdan Shumylovych titled "From Cinema Avant-garde to Inter-media" took place. Bohdan Shumylovych surveyed significant works of avant-garde cinema in the first half of the twentieth century and analyzed elements of cinema language used in collage inter-media art and video art in the 1960’s. That presentation did not show the wide spectrum of themes and genres of video art, but clearly demonstrated the gradual development of art, irrespective of its media.

The program showing consisted of

  • "Entr’acte" (1924), Director: René Clair (France)
  • "Adventures of a Good Person" (1934) Directors: Stefan i Franciszka Themerson (Poland)
  • "Traité de bave et d'éternité" (1951), Director: Izydor Isou (France)
  • Selected Works of Stana Vanderbeeka (USA)
  • "A LA MODE", 1959, 7 min.
  • "Whiff of Death", 1963, 15 min.
  • "Poetic Field №2", 1966, 6 min.

On 29 September at 7 p.m. at the Center for Urban History a lecture took place by Bohdan Shumylovych titled "From Cinema Avant-garde to Inter-media."

The lesson of this art critic, who is a researcher at the Center, took place within the framework of educational programs for architecture and descriptive art, which was taking place under the aegis of the Center for Sacred Art of the Ukrainian Catholic University, the "Dzyga" gallery and the Center for Urban History.

Bohdan Shumylovych surveyed significant works of avant-garde cinema in the first half of the twentieth century and analyzed elements of cinema language used in collage inter-media art and video art in the 1960’s. That presentation did not show the wide spectrum of themes and genres of video art, but clearly demonstrated the gradual development of art, irrespective of its media.

The program showing consisted of

  • "Entr’acte" (1924), Director: René Clair (France)
  • "Adventures of a Good Person" (1934) Directors: Stefan i Franciszka Themerson (Poland)
  • "Traité de bave et d'éternité" (1951), Director: Izydor Isou (France)
  • Selected Works of Stana Vanderbeeka (USA)
  • "A LA MODE", 1959, 7 min.
  • "Whiff of Death", 1963, 15 min.
  • "Poetic Field №2", 1966, 6 min.