Recently, the Orlando Museum of Art exhibited “Inexorable Spirit: Ukraine and the World at War.”
Recently, the Orlando Museum of Art exhibited “Inexorable Spirit: Ukraine and the World at War” which depicted the lives of Ukrainians during the ongoing war. This exhibition was available between January 21 and March 23.
This exhibition was presented by the Ginsburg Family Foundation and is in conjunction with the book The Implacable Soul: Ukraine and the World at War. Maureen Walsh, Manager of Marketing & Communications at the Orlando Museum of Art, said the exhibit came from the Ukrainian House in Washington DC, where it was previously shown and brought back photographs from the award-winning photojournalism. These images were developed to tell the story of both journalists and citizens of Ukraine while showing the war from a real perspective. Walsh said the Orlando Museum of Art is being approached by the Ginsburg Family Foundation to partner with Orlando’s cultural community with the knowledge that the city is a melting pot with an Eastern European population.
The company’s Manager for Community Engagement, Molly Lawson, gave a description of the exhibit. “There is one gallery and it consists of 60 works of art and seven journals – this exhibition was brought to us to be curated and displayed here,” said Cicero. He said that the exhibition was intended to shine a light on the ongoing war in Ukraine, which was the norm for museums to show scenes of war in the past. This set the show apart from anything else not only on display at the Orlando Museum of Art, but also in all of Florida.
Although this also has to do with the sensitive nature of the images, as it might excite some to walk down the hall and see war images. Fortunately, the museum used signage to warn visitors about the contents of the exhibition.
“I personally think it’s a little sobering to walk through, I’ll admit it’s hard to walk through the exhibit,” Walsh said. “What we’re doing, from my perspective, is telling a lot of things.”
through art in different ways – we are able to provide these kinds of connections to people who come from different backgrounds and experiences.”
Both Lawson and Walsh noted that the various reactions from the public all stemmed from the human perspective of why these shows can take off so well. Walsh said it’s interesting to see the impact that this exhibit has on a variety of people in the Orlando community. Especially when considering the images that offered different perspectives on the crisis in Ukraine. Visitors could present the experience of elderly Ukrainian women who hesitated to leave their country, sheltered and frightened children, or even of mothers who had children during the war.
OMA Curator Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon said the exhibition was quite impactful as it brought awareness to the continuation of the war. Many of the pieces in the exhibition were very large, and providing visitors with an experience not just by looking at them, they explain these events in the gospel. People could better understand the resilience of the Ukrainian people who fight every day for freedom.
“It’s an incredible visual concept powered by photojournalists,” Claeysen-Gleyzon said.
After the departure of this exhibition is expected at the Orlando Museum of Art the latest exhibition “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today” on Saturday, April 8.