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NAMU OPENS MAJOR EXHIBITION ON KHARKIV AVANT-GARDE

12 December 2017

On December 15, National Art Museum of Ukraine jointly with Kharkiv local gallery presents a wide-scale research project City of KHA dedicated to Kharkiv avant-garde art of the latest decade. The exhibition curators are Sergey Bratkov and Tatyana Tumasyan who have approached this issue in their unique way. For example, they interpret avant-garde in its broad sense, i.e., as any manifestation of experimental art and innovation.

City of KHA

Starting from the 1920s, Kharkiv became one of the leading centers for avant-garde art; in those times, constructivism was king and Gosprom, a prominent architectural monument, was built just then. During the Soviet rule, in the 1960s and 1970s, modernist and conceptualist practices have been developing in the city. Now Kharkiv is among the most exciting centers of contemporary art. It is merely impossible to encompass everything happening in the city for the last 100 years in one project, so curators position the exhibition as their vision of the city’s cultural life, not as a retrospective.

The same exhibition combines works by well-known artists of the early 20th century (Vasiliy Yermilov, Maria Sinyakova, Boris Kosarev) and those by the classics of Ukrainian contemporary art (Pavlo Makov, Vitaliy Kulikov); photos by Kharkiv photo school (Boris Mikhaylov, Sergey Brakov) and works by the young generation of artists (in particular, Artem Volokitin, Hamlet Zinkivsky, Roman Minin, and Ivan Svetlichny).

The exhibition is open until February 8, 2018.