Metropolitan Museum of Art recognizes Arkhyp Kuindzhi as Ukrainian artist

9 February, 06:48 PM
Painting Red Sunset by Arkhyp Kuindzhi from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (

Painting Red Sunset by Arkhyp Kuindzhi from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has recognized Arkhyp Kuindzhi as a Ukrainian artist, instead of a Russian one, art historian and journalist Oksana Semenik wrote on Facebook on Feb. 8.

“You won’t believe it, but another victory took place that day,” she said.

“Arkhyp Kuindzhi is a Ukrainian artist born in Mariupol, FINALLY recognized as UKRAINIAN by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.”

Semenik noted that in the description of the “Red Sunset” painting, the museum had removed a “shameful reference” to the fact that Kuindzhi was an “artist celebrating both in Russia and Ukraine.”

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At the same time, the museum added that the Kuindzhi Art Museum in Mariupol, Ukraine, was destroyed in a Russian airstrike in March 2022.

“Let me remind you that this painting is on permanent display and thousands, even tens of thousands of people read about this,” Semenik said.

“I don’t know what exactly they paid attention to: posts on Twitter, tags, or letters with a biography and explanations (literally how many years and where he lived and what he painted, 11 days ago, on the artist’s birthday, I decided to write them an open letter), or constant discussions about it with colleagues and articulation of the problem. We’re continuing to peel this rock.”

Earlier, the art historian said that representatives of Ukrainian culture would have a lot of work, since the Metropolitan Museum and other museums designated Ukrainian artists such as Arkhyp Kuindzhi, Ilya Repin, and Oleksandra Ekster as Russian nationals.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art also renamed Edgar Degas’ famous painting titled “Russian Dancer” into “Dancer in Ukrainian Dress.”

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