26 April – 24 June 2017
Past and present interrogate each other in this exhibition of Ukrainian artists from the 1930s and present day.
Cruelly repressed in the 1930s, Ukrainian avant-garde artists looked forward to the future, focusing on progress and ideals for a new society.
In this exhibition, three contemporary Ukrainian artists look back from that future, examining and challenging their predecessors from across a century.
Curator, Nikita Kadan, looks at the tendency in modern art to analyse the present, rather than project into the future, and contrasts it with the optimism of the past, creating a dialogue between the two eras.
It is also an opportunity to see rarely displayed work by early Ukrainian avant-garde artists, including Oleksandr Bohomazov, Vasyl Ermilov, Maria Synyakova, and Oleksandr Khvostenko-Khvostov. Exhibited alongside collages by Lada Nakonechna, film by Mykola Ridnyi and Nikita Kadan’s sculpture inspired by Vasyl Ermilov’s ‘Monument to three Revolutions’, they tell a story that spans generations, both of art and of 20th-century history.