The years following the inception of perestroika policies and encompassing the collapse of the Soviet Union remarkably transformed Kyiv’s art scene, successfully launching Ukrainian contemporary art as a truly global phenomenon. The calm waters of the culturally provincial capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic became radically stirred with new and daring art made publicly visible for the first time since the avant-garde period.
This explosion of styles, rediscovered histories, and newly found freedoms blossoming against the background of the collapsing Soviet empire, the Chornobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, and increasing economic scarcity created an effect of baroque excess. As if in a crooked mirror, the overabundance in art styles and the limitless production of new meanings reflected the emptiness of the hollowed-out Communist ideology and late socialist realist art. This exhibition traces and documents the diverse artistic manifestations of these transitional and exhilarating years in Kyiv while providing some historical artworks for context.
The exhibition will include works from the collection of Norton and Nancy Dodge, kept in Zimmerli, and paintings from famous Ukrainian collections. Guests of the museum will be able to get acquainted with the works of Oleksandr Rojtburd, Tiberius Silvashi, Arsen Savadov, Alla Horska, Florian Yuriev, Oleksandr Dubovyk, Valery Lamakh, Grigory Gavrilenko and many other authors. In particular, the exhibition will feature a monumental four-meter work by Georgy Senchenko – “The Sacred Landscape of Pieter Bruegel” " (1988).
In the autumn of 2021, a book published by Rutgers University Press with the support of the Ukrainian Institute will be published based on the materials of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display at the Zimmerli Museum until March 13.
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