Jurii and Rose

About the Collector

Jurii V. Maniichuk assembled his collection of 140 Ukrainian paintings of the Soviet era while living and working in Kyiv in the 1990s. Born in L’viv province in western Ukraine, he earned his Ph.D. in international law from T. Shevchenko Kyiv State University and was a university professor there until moving to Canada and earning a master’s degree in law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto in 1991.

He immigrated to the U.S. and began working as a legal specialist for the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in the early 1990s, eventually becoming an American citizen. In 1993, two years after Ukraine attained its independence, Maniichuk returned to Kyiv as a legal consultant to the Ukrainian parliament and presidential administration for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank.

With the country and its art world undergoing colossal changes, Maniichuk began collecting paintings in his spare time. His goal was to preserve leading examples of an art genre in danger of being destroyed. In 1999, he brought his collection to the U.S. and a year later married New York-based journalist, Rose Brady. Maniichuk died unexpectedly in 2009 while visiting Kyiv. The majority of his collection is now located at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, The Mead Art Museum of Amherst College, and the Georgia Museum of Art of University of Georgia.

About Rose Brady

Rose Brady is a writer and editor based in Sonoma, California. She worked for many years as a senior writer and senior editor for BusinessWeek (now Bloomberg Businessweek) and was BusinessWeek’s Moscow bureau chief from 1989-1993, covering the conclusion of the Cold War and the end of the Soviet Union. Brady has a Ph.D. in political science from St. Petersburg State University in Russia, a M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in English from Yale University. She was the Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 1993-1994 and is the author of Kapitalizm: Russia’s Struggle to Free Its Economy [Yale University Press, 1999].  

Brady married Jurii Maniichuk in 2000 and inherited his art collection after his death in 2009. She donated a total of 128 paintings from the collection to museums in 2019 and 2020. Her memoir, The Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection of Soviet Ukrainian Art: A Journey of Art, Politics and Life,” was published by The Museum of Russian Art in 2021.

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Portrait of Jurii Maniichuk (1996) by Viktor Shatalin
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