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Exhibition in Ivano-Frankivsk: Arsen Savadov

22 January 2018

On January 24 CHECH, a new art gallery in Ivano-Frankivsk, opens an exhibition of works from Zenko Foundation collection. The exhibition gathered works of well-known Ukrainian contemporary artists: Arsen Savadov, Oleksandr Roytburd, Vasyl Tsagolov, Oleg Tistol, Maryna Skugareva, Vinni Reunov, and Viktor Sidorenko.

Curator Anatoliy Zvizhynsky:

A sure leader and No. 1 choice for more than twenty years of Ukrainian contemporary art existence. This is something he always aspires for and tries to demonstrate and prove in different ways. He is the least predictable and the most radical in his artistic reflections, statements, and gestures. His harshness and spontaneity are compensated by self-discipline and high quality of works. Arsen is a die-hard sentimentalist and a latent pragmatist at the same time. He has always needed people around him; he is happy to have followers and witness successes of his colleagues. Arsen believes in messiah’s calling of an artist and the artist’s charisma.

Arsen Savadov Donbass-Chocolate

Arsen Savadov (from the Contemporary Art Almanac "End to End"):

I understand my place in culture perfectly well. No more, no less. We are a transition period. We are those who have still got the training but at the same time know the basics of conceptualism. This means that we have come into art for self-fulfillment after the postmodern age. People who came after modernism to postmodernism are practically hybrids. Get it? They are high-class imitators. We can imitate art in an almost infinite number of ways. Art as such is not our circus, not our monkeys.

I am a central figure here in art. But I work not just in a local context; I am a bit engaged in the international context as well. That is why my texts are expressive. I see the prospects art follows, and not just here. But if this society leans towards mimicry, replication, or self-identification, there are social systems which already have these issues solved. And they also live through crises and therefore also require new forms. Just like those who haven’t yet come up with any forms. But the most important thing is for the attitude towards art not to be saturated with cynicism. Treating it as a product of social activities –  this is where the cynicism comes in. And if the artist’s attitude towards art is saturated with cynicism, it is a tragedy.

Arsen Savadov The Collective Red

Art is a very dramatic thing. It is based on your wish to exist. Art needs nobody. It is already formed. It is only your problem when you are trying to get into it.  

Arsen Savadov Black Sea