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Mykyta Kadan becomes the winner of the Main Prize of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011

10 December 2011

Zhanna Kadyrova and Serhiy Radkevych are awarded Special Prizes PinchukArtCentre 2011, and Public Choice Prize goes to Mykyta Shalennyi.

On December 9, 2011, the PinchukArtCentre announced laureates of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 based on the decision of the international jury members, who arrived to Kyiv especially for this occasion. 

The winner of the Main Prize becomes Mykyta Kadan for his work “Pedestal. The Practice of Exclusion”. The finalist has been awarded UAH 100 thousand and one month residence in a studio of an internationally renowned artist. Additionally, Mykyta is automatically included in the short list of the Future Generation Art Prize - international prize for young artists.

The international jury members Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director Serpentine Gallery (United Kingdom), and Ekaterina Degot, professor at Moscow Alexander Rodchenko school of photography and new media (Russia), presented the top award to the winner. They said: The jury was unanimous in judging this the best piece in the exhibition.  We admired the clarity of his ideas and the way they were executed in subtle, spatial terms. This  non-nostalgic, anti-monument reflects on the nature of history and memory, while pointing to the future. It reflects on ideas of permanence and ephemerality. We liked the way the piece condenses wider ideas of the city and its current mutation and transformation:  Kiev as a city on the move.”

The first Special Prize of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 went to Zhanna Kadyrova and the second Special Prize was awarded to Serhiy Radkevych. The laureates receive UAH 25 thousand each and one month residence in a studio of one of the world’s leading artists.

For the PinchukArtCentre exhibition Kadyrova continued the transformation of found objects or situations, radically cutting found pieces of fractured road asphalt and presenting them as paintings in the gallery, or placing an asphalt sphere next to the entrance to the art centre.

Presenting the award to Zhanna, Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries Barbican (United Kingdom), stated: “The jury found consistent development in Zhanna Kadyrova’s body of sculpture. We particularly appreciated the relationship between inside and outside in her practice: the way that the pieces are positioned equally well in public space and gallery space, thereby questioning the traditional demarcation of public art and gallery art. We found her works tactile and expressive. We respected her wider project which seems to us to involve complex ideas about the relationship between city, art and architecture, and a rich investigation of cartography.”

The jury awarded Serhiy Radkevych for his large scale mural “Eucharist” inside historical building of Bessarabka food market.

Marc Olivier Wahler, Director of Palais de Tokyo (France): “The jury were excited and surprised by Serhiy’s juxtaposition of religious iconography with the language and form of street art. The artist succeeds in developing an extremely contemporary language based on fragments of the past. On an aesthetic level, we considered his exhibited work beautifully integrated into the context and history of the market hall. We admired it’s mingling of figuration and abstraction, modernity and tradition, in a vivid public setting. Radkevich continually seeks interesting settings for his interventions whether in urban or landscape contexts.”

The Public Choice Prize of UAH 10 000 went to Mykyta Shalennyi for his series of works “Loneliness” with a blow-up doll and a clown as main actors who emphasise the idea of loneliness and anonymity within society.

The winner of this Prize was chosen based on the results of voting by the PinchukArtCentre visitors held during the exhibition of 20 shortlisted artists from October 27 to December 4, 2011. Pavlo Makov presented the award to the winner.

The PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 international jury include Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries Barbican (United Kingdom); Marc Olivier Wahler, Director of Palais de Tokyo (France); Ekaterina Degot, professor at Moscow Alexander Rodchenko school of photography and new media (Russia); Olafur Eliasson, artist (Denmark); Pavlo Makov, artist (Ukraine); Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director Serpentine Gallery (United Kingdom); Eckhard Schneider, General Director PinchukArtCentre (Ukraine).

The 20 nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 were shortlisted by an Expert Committee from more than 1100 applicants. Among them: Daniil Galkin, Andriy Halashyn, Dobrynia Ivanov, Mykyta Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Taras Kamennoy, Olesia Khomenko, Alina Kleitman, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Lada Nakonechna, Serhiy Petlyuk, Serhiy Radkevych, Stepan Riabchenko, Mykola Ridnyi, Mykyta Shalennyi, Masha Shubina, Natasha Shulte, Ivan Svitlychnyi, Hamlet Zinkovskyi, Salmanov-Kornienko group (Oleksiy Salmanov; Dmytro Kornienko).

The PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 exhibition will be open until January 8, 2012.

Photos and video from the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 Award Ceremony will be available at /en/photo_and_video/photo

Additionally, you can find video profiles of the winners here: /en/photo_and_video/video/16754

The winner of the Main Prize of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011

Mykyta Kadan, 29

Born on November 26, 1982, in Kyiv. In 2007 graduated from the National Academy of Art and Architecture in Kyiv. He studied at the studio of Professor M.A. Storozhenko. Since 2004 is a member of artistic groups R.E.P. Since 2008 he is a member of curatorial association Hudrada. Painter, graphic artist, author of objects and installations, works in the urban public environment. Co-curator (within R.E.P. and Hudrada) of exhibitions. He lives in Kyiv. Nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009.


Selected exhibitions:
2011 – "Between ideology and identity", Labor projectspace, Budapest, Hungary;
2010 – "ЯКЩО/ЕСЛИ/IF", Museum PERMM, Perm, Russia;
2010 – "SUPERMARKET 2010 - the artist-run art fair", Stockholm, Sweden;
2009 – Exhibition of the shortlisted PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009 nominees, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine;;
2009 – "No more reality", Depo Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul, Turkey;
2008 – "New Ukrainian painting", exhibition organized by Marat Guelman Gallery at the White Box gallery, New York;
2008 – "Fresh blood" Volker Deihl+Gallery One, Moscow;
2008 – "Alphabetical order", Index Contemporary Art Centre, Stockholm.

The winner the first Special Prize of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011

Zhanna Kadyrova, 30

Born on July 7, 1981 in Brovary, Kyiv region. Graduated from Taras Shevchenko State Art School. Works in various media: photo, video, painting, drawing and sculpture. Presently creates sculptural objects with glazed tiles. She is a member of the R.E.P. art group and Penoplast musical performance group. Resides in Kyiv. Nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009.


Selected exhibitions:
2010 – Ukrainian Art Platform at ART Paris, France;
2010 – Art-Kyiv Contemporary 2010, special project, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine;
2009 – Exhibition of the shortlisted PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009 nominees, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine;;
2009 – "Calculation" Рор-up-project, Kyiv, Ukraine;
2009 – "No more Reality crowd and performance" Depo Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul, Turkey;
2008 – "No more reality", De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam, Holland;
2008 – "Supermarket", Stockholm, Sweden.

The winner the second Special Prize of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011

Serhiy Radkevych, 24

Born on November 1, 1987 in Lutsk. Graduated from Lviv National Academy of Arts, Department of Painting. Was part of the team creating a mosaic mural at the Church of Nativity in Lviv. Has been engaged in Street Art for more than seven years. Resides in Lutsk.

Selected exhibitions:
2010 – PARK IN (installation "Shadow 1"; "Shadow 2");
2010 – FORTMISIA ('streetart' paintings "Relic");
2010 – Project "Model" (stage design installation for drama "Bacchae" by Euripides);
2010 – BLACK CIRKLE FESTIVAL (organizer and participant of the street art festival in the town of Poninka);
2007 – Art Rout.

The winner of the Public Choice Prize

Mykyta Shalennyi, 29

Born on April 18, 1982 in Dnipropetrovsk. Graduated from the Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Department of Architecture. He took part in a number of architectural competitions and art exhibitions at the Academy. Worked as a lecturer of the Academy and as an architect. Resides in Dnepropetrovsk.

Selected exhibitions:
2011 – "Loneliness", "KVARTIRA" art centre, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine;
2006 – "With eyes wide open...", CITY–ART contemporary art centre , Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Samsung SmartTV– Technical Partner of the exhibition of the 20 artists shortlisted for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011.

The short list of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 includes:

Daniil Galkin (26, Dnipropetrovsk),
Andriy Halashyn (31, Ternopil),
Dobrynia Ivanov (23, Kyiv),
Mykyta Kadan (28, Kyiv),
Zhanna Kadyrova (30, Kyiv),
Taras Kamennoy (26, village of Vysoky, Kharkiv Region),
Olesia Khomenko (30, Kyiv),
Alina Kleytman (20, Kharkiv),
Volodymyr Kuznetsov (35, Kyiv),
Lada Nakonechna (30, Kyiv),
Serhiy Petlyuk (30, Lviv),
Serhiy Radkevych(23, Lutsk),
Mykola Ridnyi (26, Kharkiv),
Stepan Riabchenko (24, Odesa),
Mykyta Shalennyi(29, Dnipropetrovsk),
Masha Shubina(31, Kyiv),
Natasha Shulte (36, Odesa),
Ivan Svitlychnyi (22, Kharkiv),
Hamlet Zinkovskyi (25, Kharkiv),
Salmanov-Kornienko group (Oleksiy Salmanov, 35, Kyiv; Dmytro Kornienko, 28, Kyiv).

Statistic data on the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 application results:


Overall number of applications

  • Individual 1044
  • Group 48

Total: 1092

Sex (here and below is data based on individual applications):

  • Male – 46,55%
  • Female – 53,45%


  • 16-20 – 15,42%
  • 21-25 – 40,33%
  • 26-30 – 27,59%
  • 31-35 – 16,67%

Regions (Oblasts):

  • AR Crimea – 31
  • Cherkasy Oblast - 10
  • Chernivtsi Oblast - 11
  • Chernihiv Oblast - 14
  • Dnipropetrovsk Oblast - 57
  • Donetsk Oblast - 27
  • Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast – 20
  • Kharkiv Oblast - 70
  • Kherson Oblast - 17
  • Khmelnytsk Oblast - 14
  • Kirovohrad Oblast -16
  • Kyiv Oblast - 440
  • Luhansk Oblast - 20
  • Lviv Oblast - 81
  • Mykolaiv Oblast - 11
  • Odesa Oblast - 43
  • Poltava Oblast -19
  • Rivne Oblast - 5
  • Sumy Oblast - 10
  • Ternopil Oblast - 15
  • Vinnytsia Oblast - 12
  • Volynska Oblast – 11
  • Zakarpatska Oblast - 18
  • Zaporizhzhia Oblast - 22
  • Zhytomyrska Oblast - 7


  • Austria - 2
  • Belgium - 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Canada - 1
  • Denmark - 1
  • England - 1
  • Germany – 6
  • France - 1
  • Israel - 3
  • India - 3
  • Italy – 4
  • Japan – 1
  • Kazakhstan - 1
  • Macedonia - 1
  • Netherlands - 2
  • Northern Ireland - 1
  • Poland - 2
  • Romania – 1
  • Russia - 4
  • Ukraine -1001
  • USA - 6

Number of represented countries: 21


  • Painting - 1714
  • Photography - 873
  • Graphics - 716
  • Mixed technique – 606
  • Installation - 225
  • Sculpture - 188
  • Video - 94
  • Other -512

The total number of works submitted for consideration exceeded 5 000.

PinchukArtCentre Prize is the first private nationwide art prize in Ukraine, which objective is to support and develop a new generation of young Ukrainian artists working in contemporary art.

The PinchukArtCentre Prize encompasses the Main Prize, two Special Prizes and the People's Choice Prize:

  • Main Prize of the PinchukArtCentre is UAH 100 thousand and a residence in studios of internationally renowned artists. Additionally, the winner of the Main Prize will be automatically included in the short list of the Future Generation Art Prize - international prize for young artists;
  • two Special Prizes of PinchukArtCentre are UAH 25 thousand each and internship in the workshops of the leading artists of the world;
  • Public Choice Prize is UAH 10 thousand. People's Choice Prize winner is selected by voting of the visitors of the Prize exhibition project.

According to the Prize regulations, Ukrainian citizens aged 16-35 may apply for the competition. Within a set period of time, an artist or a group of artists may submit 3 to 7 works, suggesting the one that, in their opinion, might be shortlisted for the exhibition. The PinchukArtCentre Prize is to be awarded to the best Ukrainian artists every odd year starting from 2009.

Winners of the first edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize were selected in December 2009. Artem Volokitin won the Main PinchukArtCentre Prize and Oleksii Salmanov and Masha Shubina became the winners of two Special Prizes. In addition to the cash prizes, the finalists took part in studio residences of the internationally renowned artists: Artem Volokitin and Masha Shubina trained in the studio of Antony Gormley in London and Oleksii Salmanov in the studio of Olafur Eliasson in Berlin.

Also, the works by Artem Volokitin were presented at the exhibition of 21 artists shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010. Artem Volokitin was included in the shortlists of this international art prize for young artists as a winner of the Main PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009 and the Future Generation Art Prize@Venice project at the 54th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

The official web site of the PinchukArtCentre Prize:

PinchukArtCentre is the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe. It is dedicated to fostering artistic education, creation and appreciation in Ukraine. The PinchukArtCentre is a leading international centre for contemporary 21st-century art. It provides a sustainable contribution to the cultural participation and emancipation of Ukrainian art and society. And it gives a significant contribution to the cultural dialogue between East and West, and between national identity and international challenge.

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