Contemporary Ukrainian art from the collection of Anatoliy Dymchuk
5.03.2021 – 18.04.2021
REPOST: contemporary Ukrainian art from the collection of Anatoliy Dymchuk
REPOST: CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF ANATOLIY DYMCHUK
From March 5 to April 18 in the exhibition halls of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum lasted an exhibition project – “REPOST: contemporary Ukrainian art from the collection of Anatoliy Dymchuk.” The exhibition featured more than 30 selected works by key Ukrainian artists of the 1980s and 2000s: Serhiy Bratkov, Leonid Wojciechow, Oleksandr Hnylytsky, Igor Gusev, Oleksandr Zhyvotkov, Oleksandr Roitburd, Arsen Savadov, Oleg Tistol, and others.
Anatoliy Dymchuk’s collection is one of the largest art collections in Ukraine and the only one in Odesa, that comprehensively presents current trends in contemporary Ukrainian art of the independence period: from the early 1990s to the present. The focus of the collection is on the work of artists who have declared themselves in the Ukrainian trans avant-garde and other areas of the “new wave”. The collection includes both stars of the first magnitude and young authors. Anatoliy Dymchuk’s collection contains iconic, programmatic works that any museum can envy. Some of these works the Odesa audience had the opportunity to see more than ten years ago, and some will be a discovery – he will see them for the first time in the REPOST project.
The exhibition project is a REPRESENTATION of Ukrainian POSTmodernism. The works to be presented at the exhibition are an important visual archive of Ukrainian art – from late Soviet art trends to the present.
REPOST is a kind of REinterpretation of POSTmodernism – a rethinking of the work of Ukrainian artists, which has not lost its relevance for decades.
The art of postmodernism is the art of times of anxiety and helplessness. Most of the exhibited works are bright, collages, full of allusions to different layers of culture, including mass. This is how artists portray a world that has lost its system and harmony, has become an arena of mixing coincidences, in which authorities and truths are devalued, and all the achievements of mankind are reduced to discourse. In a sense, these large-scale paintings reflect the hypertrophied visuality of an era where being visible is an extremely difficult task. Behind the irony and the game, which can be shocking, lies a balanced attitude to the subject, courage, and intelligence of artists.
An element of artistic language is the reminiscence of POSTmodernism. It is through “borrowing”, the use of images and stylistic devices from the past, through their creative and intellectual rethinking that artists create new meanings. The images-objects that the artists appeal to show the inherent features of POSTmodernism: the mixing of contexts and identities, the rejection of the search for truth, and the ironic fragmentation of fragments of ideas and images.
REPOST is a revision of the postulates – a revision of the basic ideological, political, moral, and artistic doctrines of the period of Soviet totalitarianism. Ukrainian realities in the works of artists are represented by several unsettled, unresolved fragments-problems: the post-Soviet mentality and collective nostalgia are ironically serious, skeptical, and defiant the works of artists.
And finally – Remarque-postscript:
Anatoliy Dymchuk’s first curatorial project in Odesa and Kyiv in 2009-2010, which featured works by Ukrainian artists of the 1990s, was called RESTART. In a sense, our exhibition is a supplement to the RESTART of the REPOST.
In the preface to the RESTART catalog, Dymchuk noted: “We focus on Ukrainian contemporary art, not forgetting for a moment that its existence is possible only in an international context. And we are gathering stars in Odesa not for the sake of status, but as another truly productive step. “
During the next decade, many “productive steps” were taken: contemporary Ukrainian art from the collection of Anatoliy Dymchuk was presented at many Ukrainian and European art forums.
And today we are again “collecting stars in Odesa” – Anatoliy Dymchuk: from RESTART to REPOST.