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Dovzhenko-Centre’s opening exhibition VUFKU. Lost&Found and a parallel program reveal the international success story of the All-Ukrainian Photo Cinema Administration, a state organisation which shaped the booming Ukrainian film industry in the 1920s.

VUFKU united Odesa, Yalta and Kyiv film studios, developed filmmaking, distribution, advertising and education in the field of cinema, causing a real cinemania. Due to VUFKU, Ukrainian films entered the international market – our films were shown in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the USA and Canada. Having signed agreements with the key industry actors like Kodak, Pathé and Agfa, VUFKU became one of the European film giants of that time and gained fame of “Ukrainian Hollywood.”

The multimedia exposition in Dovzhenko-Centre’s renovated premises 1500 square meters in area will present exhibits from the leading Ukrainian museums and unseen treasures from Dovzhenko-Centre’s collection. Rare shots from films, newsreels and animations, unique documents and photos that will take visitors back to the 1920s. The history of Ukrainian cinema avant-garde has many gaps: a lot of works are permanently lost, and some are only partially preserved.

To have a more complete idea of the VUFKU phenomenon, the exhibition curators offered contemporary artists to re-consider the lost masterpieces. The project combined the literature, music, design and visual arts of that time and today. Such modern authors as Alla Zahaikevych, Heorhii Potopalskyi, Oleksandr Burlaka, Anatolii Bielov and Sensorama, Mykola Ridnyi, Iryna Stasiuk, Oleksii Nikitin, Oleksandr Irvanets, Anton Sanchenko, Tetiana Maliarchuk, Natalka Sniadanko, and Iryna Tsilyk have contributed to the creation of the exhibition.

The project was implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund.