Project “Mykhailo Zhuk – Herald of the Renaissance”


Project “Mykhailo Zhuk – Herald of the Renaissance”

The large-scale exhibition project “Mykhailo Zhuk – Herald of the Renaissance” is dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the birth of the outstanding Ukrainian painter and graphic artist of the modernist era, master of book design, active public figure, and writer Mykhailo Zhuk.

The project was implemented by the Museum of Odesa Modern Art in partnership with the National Art Museum of Ukraine and supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

The project includes four stages:

1. Making tea threes

Mykhailo Zhuk had a significant influence on the formation of the Odesa school of ceramics. His creative and pedagogical heritage shaped many contemporary ceramic artists.

As part of the project, replicas-reconstructions of 5 porcelain tea threes (a cup, a saucer, a dessert plate) based on Mykhailo Zhuk’s original sketches created by Olena Zhernova were realized.

2. Printing of two reprint editions

Two reprint editions of Mykhailo Zhuk’s works from the collections of the Odesa Literary Museum and the Museum of Odesa Modern Art have been published.

The play “Manifesto” and the fairy tale “Truth and Lies” are unique editions that were not published after 1920 and include handwritten inserts and author’s revisions. They were printed by the Antikvar Publishing House.

3. Exhibition

A major milestone of the project was the large-scale exhibition Mykhailo Zhuk – Herald of the Renaissance, which took place from August 23 to September 27, 2023, in the main building of the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv.
The exhibition featured about 200 works by Mykhailo Zhuk from the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Odesa, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the Odesa Literary Museum of Ukraine, the Andriy Sheptytskyi National Museum in Lviv, the NY ART gallery, and private collections of V. Lisnychyi (Odesa), O. Markov (Kyiv), and Roksana Lemyk (Lviv). The photos for the exhibition were provided by the Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Chernihiv Literary and Memorial Museum-Reserve.
The exhibition was curated by Olena Kashuba-Volvach.

4. Online catalog


A large-scale catalog of Mykhailo Zhuk’s works was created and published on the website of the Museum of Odesa Modern Art. It includes paintings, graphic, literary and ceramic works by Mykhailo Zhuk.


The author and compiler of the catalog is an art historian, researcher and artist Volodymyr Kudlach. Thanks to the author’s fruitful work, the catalog presents works from a number of private and museum collections that represent different periods and media in the work of Mykhailo Zhuk.