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Research platform: Red Book: Soviet Art in Lviv in 80s – 90s
23 June 2018 - 7 October 2018

“Red Book: Soviet Art in Lviv in the 80s and 90s” is focused on the Soviet art of 1980s Lviv   and the visual practices of the 1990s that have been neglected within the institutional domain for a long time and covered by academic works only partly. 

Stanislav Silantiev, one of the exhibition’s curators: “The internal opposition between artistic metropoles and groups of authors contributed to an expectable localization of the artistic process, which turned fast into a collective reluctance to write one “extended history” of the Ukrainian contemporary art.”

This exhibition is one of the first large studies exploring the artistic life of Lviv in 1980s and 1990s. There, the dynamic late Soviet-era culture of the 1980s acquired features of an “anti-civilisation,” and starting in the second half of the 1990s, the role of the artist was devaluated to the point of full dissolution of the author’s identity in the chaos of the new market economy. 

The show presents works by 1980s and 1990s Lviv-based artists part of which recurred to an inner existential or physical emigration following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Participating artists: Boris Berger, Stas Horskyi, Halyna Zhehulska, Oleksandr Zamkovskyi, Oleksii Iutin, Mykola Kumanovskyi, Illia Levin, Iryna Nirod, Ihor Podolchak, Platon Silvestrov, Rostyslav Silvestrov, Iurii Sokolov, Volodymyr Surmach, Bronislav Tutelman, Mykola Filatov, Ivan Frank, Mykhailo Frantsuzov, Ihor Shuliev, Iurii Shcherbatenko, Myroslav Iahoda, Myroslav Iaremak and Serhiy Yakunin. 

Invited curators: Stanislav Silantiev and Halyna Khorunzha, founders of the “First Jean Jaures Proletarian Reserve” curatorial group.

Exhibition Design - Oleksandr Burlaka.