Ukrainian artists reflect on the notion of ‘homeland’

Lesia Khomenko (from Kyiv, lives in Miami/USA): A Moment of Silence, 2023. Acrylic on canvas
© Lesia Khomenko

They used to live in Ukraine. Now, uprooted from their homes, many find their lives in a state of flux, working here and living there. In an exhibition by Stadtmuseum Berlin created in collaboration with Ukrainian curator Valeria Schiller, ten Ukrainian artists respond to the question: “What does home mean?”

Museum Ephraim-Palais
Poststraße 16
10178 Berlin

Opening Hours
Tue – Sun | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mon closed

From 4th to 15th June, admission is free.

From 16th June: 7 euros / reduced price 4 euros

From 16th June, tickets will also be valid for the special exhibition “Berliner Contrasts (2004-2015) – Photographs by Frank Silberbach and Nikolas von Safft” at Museum Ephraim-Palais.

The exhibition “Motherland” can be seen on the first floor of Museum Ephraim-Palais. The paintings, photographs and videos on exhibit were created in late 2022 against a backdrop of war and flight.

Berlin history can be experienced in special exhibitions on three floors.
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Photo: Sandra Weller
They focus on the concept of ‘home’ from two different angles: as experienced reality, feelings of duty, and associations with a country on the one hand, and as subconscious wishes, fears, and longings on the other. By assembling expressions of these complicated and multifaceted relationships to ‘home’ and to ‘homeland’, the exhibition places this subjective lived experience within a global context.

The special exhibition can be viewed in English, Ukrainian and German.

For the entire duration of the special exhibition and at all locations of the Stadtmuseum Berlin, admission is free for everyone carrying Ukrainian passport, a visa for the Ukraine or the valid student identification for a Ukranian university and a visa for residence in Germany – this also applies to everyone carrying an electrical residency permit (eAT). 

Participating artists:

Kateryna Aliinyk, Julia Beliaeva, Yuriy Biley, Nikolay Karabinovych, Lesia Khomenko, Kateryna Lysovenko, Krystyna Melnyk, Alina Sokolova, Zhenia Stepanenko, Anna Zvyagintseva


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The Ephraim-Palais is accessible without steps. All exhibition areas are accessible via an elevator. There are barrier-free toilets in the building.



Tickets will be available again from June 2023.

4 – 15 June: free admission
from 16 June: 7,00 € / 4,00 € (reduced)