The first major presentation of the Ukrainian contemporary art scene in Hungary is a special occasion to look into the vibrant art of a country full of tensions, which is still largely in the blind spot of the European cultural area.
Ukraine, which has become independent for nearly thirty years, struggled with the phenomenon of oligarchic capitalism, is beyond three waves of mass demonstrations, two revolutions, and the annexation of the Crimea, and at present, a war is going on in the eastern part of the country – all this is a consequence of a neurotic and delayed “de-communizing”.
Since the 1980s, a new Ukrainian art has emerged, which radically broke away from Socialist Realism to follow the international cultural processes. The artist generation of the late 1980s and early 1990s is the most significant phenomenon since the Avant-garde of the early 20th century, which Stalin’s regime completely eliminated in the 1930s. The post-Soviet search for identity in the 1990s and early 2000s was gradually replaced by the need to reconsider political art, the importance of understanding social processes and the growing interest in activism came to the fore. All this coincided with a technological and global change that resulted in the rise of a new generation of artists who seek a new meaning, audience, and purpose.
The exhibition “Permanent Revolution” aims at exploring today's Ukrainian art in a historic moment when people build barricades on the country’s main square with startling regularity, with beauty and elemental conceptualism that the world’s best artists could envy. The exhibition presents nearly forty artists of different generations.
Curators: Alisa Lozhkina, Julia Fabényi, Konstantin Akinsha
The exhibition is organised in cooperation with Budapest Spring Festival.
Prominent cooperative partner of the exhibition: Zenko Foundation