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PERMANENT REVOLUTION: CRITICAL POINT by Vasyl Tsagolov

04 April 2018

PERMANENT REVOLUTION, an exhibition of Ukrainian contemporary art, opens in Ludwig Museum in Budapest. This is the first wide-scale museum presentation of Ukrainian contemporary art to the European audience.

Curator Alisa Lozhkina about work CRITICAL POINT (Canvas, acrylic paint, 2013) by Vasyl Tsagolov:

(From Brovdi Foundation collection)

Vasyl Tsagolov Critical point

Critical Point, a painting by Vasyl Tsagolov, is dedicated to the theme of protest, an act of social unrest that can grow into bloody revolution at any moment. The illustration of the protest is already something dynamic and uncontrolled, something that can explode in a moment. The artist researches the theme of riot, the course of this event and its consequences; due to this, the audience feels they have just seen a picturesque still from a movie. Tsagolov demonstrates different population layers, up to the most vulnerable one. The heroes have all been brought up in the same regime; all of them serve an unattainable ideal, which is unique for each person.  We can feel the author’s irony and compassion, which turns out to be scarier than destruction or indifference. Tsagolov combines two different plans, wide shot, and close-up, building two parallel plot lines. The police try to calm down the crowd, and at the same time, a beggar falls on the pavement, covering his face with his hands. The scale is distorted; some objects are enlarged on purpose to attract the viewer’s attention to detail. Canned meat and vodka are established symbols hinting to rather specific Soviet past. The work became prophetic, as only several months after Ghost of Revolution cycle had been created, the revolution of 2013 erupted in Ukraine.

Vasyl Tsagolov Critical degree