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Exhibition in Ivano-Frankivsk: Oleksandr Roytburd

05 February 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:

It is hard to say anything new about Roytburd. It’s like with Odesa – so much has already been said. Plus he is among the most conservative contemporary artists. In spite of reasonably successful experiments with installations and video, he has always gravitated towards painting and remained recognizable, traditional and a tad bit absurd in it. With a sense of humor inherent to those born in Odesa, he reflects about mainstream events in the local community. Being famous means being contemporary for him. Like a real classical artist, he enjoys demand and respect.

Oleksandr Roytburd The Last Selfie

Oleksandr Roytburd (from the Contemporary Art Almanac "End to End"):

I don’t watch TV, don’t listen to the radio, don’t read the press. To find out the news, I wander over the Internet, and it’s the same things all over. Who’s with who in the coalition, who’s with who in opposition, who betrayed or cheated someone. And there is an impression that there is no other life in this country. In other countries, politics and life are separated, including culture. We have a menagerie which calls itself political elite. So the voice of an artist is not heard in the country nowadays.  Here art is a marginal activity. It has always been like that, as far as I can remember. Before it used to be something official, and now it is just weak and awkward. I think the problem is the general provinciality, the lack of physiological need for one’s own culture.