A Very Modern Master – Mykhailo Dzyndra
Mykhailo Dzyndra, one of Lviv’s most treasured modern artists, was born on 8 November, 1921 in the village of Demnia, Mykolaiv District, Lviv Region. His specialist study began at the Lviv School of Industrial Arts, however in 1944 he emigrated to Bratislava, in the former Czechoslovakia, and then, to avoid the Soviet conflicts, he moved again, to West Germany. There, he was offered a place in the German Professional Union of Artists.
During his life in Munich, Dzyndra created 70 sculptures. At the beginning of the 1950s he began to lose interest in the “repetitive nature” of realism, and decided to devote himself to the abstract.
It was in 1951, when Mykhaylo Dzyndra moved to the USA, when he joined the New York “Group of Ten” Ukrainian artists (among the other being Oleksandr Arkhypenko, Yuriy Solovey, etc), and he gained recognition from the American critics. He worked unbelievably hard, devoting all his leisure time to sculpting. He even managed to organise a few personal exhibitions and built a relationship with the acclaimed L. Hutsaliuk. In 1990, he purchased four hectares of land with a plan to build a modern sculpture museum. A special project was established, and the American government not only agreed to grant him a permit, but even pledged $10,000 for its maintenance.
However, 1991 brought many sudden and significant changes. Mykhailo’s paralyzed wife, Olha, died and Ukraine announced its independence. The 71 year old Mykhaylo decided to return to his motherland with the idea to create the unique “Modern Sculpture Museum” in Lviv. Soon realising that the state was not going to help him to build the museum, he decided to do it himself. He spent 13 years and over $130,000 working to achieve his aim. He sold his building and transferred all his works from the USA at his own expense, and purchased half a hectare of land in Briukhovychi (just outside Lviv), where he built a large pavilion. In 2005 year the museum was opened. Over 800 sculptures are on display there (created in the USA) and also masks, which were made in Ukraine. Dzyndra’s creative works – the sculptures of plastic associations, abstract forms and relief portraits emanate human fantasy, infinity, and a positive world perception, and give those who visit the museum many surprises as they walk around the surreal exhibition pavilion. Unfortunately, Dzyndra’s earlier realist works are not on display anywhere – he destroyed them all with his own hands in Germany! However, images of the master’s realist works were saved – in his sculpture photo albums which contain over 800 photos. These pictures are kept at the museum, but they are not on public display. Mykhaylo Dzyndra died in Lviv in 2006 and is buried at Lychakiv cemetery.
Visitors are invited to see Dzyndra’s impressive collection at the Museum of Modern Sculpture, a museum which is is quite unique in Ukraine. The museum is situated in a picturesque suburb of Lviv, in a woodland area, where art and nature meet.
16 Muzeyna St.
Bryukhovychi Village, Lviv
Tel.: +38 (0322) 59-36-36