The Veil of Irpin

Nikita Kadan

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  • artist in residence


Nikita Kadan (Kyiv, 1982) is this year's artist in residence at the In Flanders Fields Museum. He currently lives in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. In the two works he created for the museum, the history of Ypres is linked with the war he faces every day. 

The Veil of Irpin

In the heart of the permanent gallery, Nikita Kadan presents a sculpture with a strong emotional, visual and political impact. In this installation, Kadan uses rubble and twisted sheets of metal from the Ukrainian war zone. The result is an immobile metal flag suspended from a massive cross set on a stone pedestal. The whole forms a memorial where past and present are interchangeable. 


  • 1 July - 31 December 2023
  • In Flanders Fields Museum 


Because of war conditions, Nikita Kadan could not leave his country. His work was eventually realized by Ypres artist Palieter Hillewaere with the help of Lisa Guerra, Bea Callemeyn, and other Ypres crafts(wo)men, Galerie Transit (Mechelen), Asortymentna Kimnata gallery (Ivano-Frankivsk), Albertinum (Galerie Neue Meister) - Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The sound piece was produced in collaboration with Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko. Musicians: Lena Bielkina (mezzo-soprano), Ihr Zavhorodnyi (violin). Sound engineer Anton Vertipolokh. With support of the Future Art Lab, University for music and performing arts Vienna.

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