Ukrainian Art Now – Did Ukrainian artists predict the the crisis before it happened? This painting by Maxim Mamsikov, which was made in 2012 and is entitled "Beach," shows a military paratrooper landing on the seashore as sunbathers look on in bewilderment.
Ukrainian Art Now – Victor Sydorenko's 1996 painting is entitled "Invasion," and shows a group of people watching an explosion just over the horizon.
Ukrainian Art Now – 10 years before the revolution in Ukraine and the subsequent unrest, Mykola Matsenko, a Ukrainian artist, created this arresting image: "Armoured Car". Did it reflect a prophetic concern about the direction in which the country was heading?
Ukrainian Art Now – This painting, "Kids Fighting Friend," was created by Pavlo Kerestey in 2007. It depicts the sort of internecine violence that was to erupt in the country seven years later.
Ukrainian Art Now – Sergey Bratkov's photograph "Ukraine" was taken in 2013, a year before the conflict. It shows an ominous, black cloud creeping slowly across the sky, casting the country into darkness -- a perennial metaphor of foreboding.
Ukrainian Art Now – This 2012 painting by Vasily Tsagolov, which depicts a crowd of people holding pitchforks and accompanied by skeletons, is called "Ghost of Revolution."
Ukrainian Art Now – Mariia Kulikovska's installation "Untitled", made in 2012, consists of a section of fractured road with smoke seeping ominously through the cracks. A warning of unrest to come?
Ukrainian Art Now – But despite the macabre prognostication that underpins so much of the exhibition, many find that the overall tone is one of optimism. Mykola Matsenko's 2008 painting "APK," for instance, shows a brightness and subtle humor that is characteristic of much of the exhibition.