Item #1948 [UKRAINIAN THEATRE] Original hand-painted poster for the production of Ivan Karpovych Karpenko-Karyy’s play «Beztalanna» [i.e. Talentless], performed in Ukrainian Displaced People’s Camp in Regensburg in 1949
[UKRAINIAN THEATRE] Original hand-painted poster for the production of Ivan Karpovych Karpenko-Karyy’s play «Beztalanna» [i.e. Talentless], performed in Ukrainian Displaced People’s Camp in Regensburg in 1949

[UKRAINIAN THEATRE] Original hand-painted poster for the production of Ivan Karpovych Karpenko-Karyy’s play «Beztalanna» [i.e. Talentless], performed in Ukrainian Displaced People’s Camp in Regensburg in 1949

Item #1948

60x85 cm. Good condition, folded. On the verso inscription of one of the participants of the production in Ukrainian, stating the date and the time of the performance.

Design of the poster is by Vladislav Klekh (1922-2001), a well-known Ukrainian and American stage designer. Born in Kyiv, he has studied in Konstantinovka Art School on Donbass, during the war he was a stage decorator in a theatre in Bila Tsirkva. After the war he was one of organisers of DP theatre in Regensburg, and another one in Ulm. Most of his career he worked in USA, since 1960s at Met Opera in New York, also he was one of the decorators for the movies Spartakus (1960) and the West Side Story (1981).
The play was staged by Volodimir Blavatskiy (1900-1953) – famous Ukrainian actor and theatre director. In the period 1941-1944, he worked at the Lviv National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet and immigrated to the West after 1944. From 1945 he headed the Ensemble of Ukrainian Actors, and in 1949 the Ukrainian Theater of V. Blavatsky in Germany. Later the Ensemble moved to Philadelphia in USA.
After the liberation of Germany, these refugees found themselves among two million Ukrainians in the western zones of occupation.

Approximately 90 percent of them returned to their homeland, with many doing so voluntarily, driven by homesickness and the desire to reunite with their families. Others were compelled to return by the Western powers in accordance with the Yalta Agreement. Among the 200,000 Ukrainian Displaced Persons (DPs) who stayed in the western zones of Germany beyond 1945, 30 to 40 percent were refugees who had left their homeland out of fear of Soviet rule. The remaining individuals were former slave laborers who had been brought to Germany by the Germans.
These camps, organized by the national principle, were very important in nation-building and the affirmation of the national identity by the people who have lived there. After 1946 majority of the population of these camps immigrated to North America.
Overall a fascinating survival of its time, the original poster used in DP camp.

Price: $950.00

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