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Sam Taylor-Wood. Solo exhibition. 21 RUSSIA. A group exhibition of the contemporary Russian artists

22 December 2008

From 17 January till 1 March, the PinchukArtCentre presents two concurrent and large-scale exhibitions: the first solo exhibition in Eastern Europe by the British artist - Sam Taylor-Wood; and 21 RUSSIA - a group exhibition of the contemporary Russian artists including:
Vladimir Dubosarsky and Alexandr Vinogradov, Group AES+F, Semyon Faibisovich,
Anatoly Osmolovsky, Group Blue Noses, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Sergey Shehovtcov,
Pavel Peppershtein, Monroe, Valery Koshlyakov, Victor Alimpiev, Natalya Struchkova,
Pyotr Belyi, Yuri Shabelnikov, Group Provmyza, David Ter-Oganyan and Alexandra Galkina, Vladimir Logutov, Alexei Kallima, Dmitry Gutov, Elena Kovylina.

Additionally, the Project Room will showcase the works by a young Japanese photographer Keita Sugiura - a 2008th Bronze award winner at the annual Tokio art-fair GEISAI#11 led by the renowned Takashi Murakami. Keita Sugiura's first ever solo exhibition is a personal prize to the young photographer from Victor Pinchuk, the GEISAI juror.

Victor Pinchuk, the founder of the PinchukArtCentre: "The art doesn't have any boundaries. The artists do not restrict themselves to the artificially set limits. Today's event in the
art-centre highlights the unity of the cultural world and versatility of the contemporary art language. Ukraine is the territory, where various art tendencies intersect; it is the place, where different trends meet, co-exist and enrich one another".

One of the leading artists of her generation, Sam Taylor-Wood is acclaimed for her compelling psychological portraits in photography, film and video. Her survey exhibition presents important new video and photographic works including a video installation "Sigh" based on an orchestra performance; photographic self-portraits from the "Bram Stoker's Chair III" and "Self Portrait Suspended", and also from the new "Escape Artist" series. In a unique grouping of additional video art works - shown at the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale - the PinchukArtCentre will also highlight: "That White Rush," "The Last Century," and "The Servant." All visually engaging and internationally critically acclaimed. The exciting world premier video art work, "3 Minute Round," brings together the Klitschko brothers in a rare artistic film.

Peter Doroshenko, Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre and curator of the exhibition, states: "Testing our physical and emotional limits, Sam Taylor-Wood examines the vulnerability and fragility of the human body, addressing the major themes of life and death, and reflecting on our own mortality. Whilst contemporary in feel and presentation, her work references the symbolism of Dutch still life and Renaissance paintings. This exhibition consolidates Taylor-Wood as an artist whose work is magical and constantly surprising."

21 RUSSIA, an exhibition of the contemporary Russian art in the post-millennium era, presents the works of art by twenty-one artists. These varied works have been created within the last eight years. What is more important, the exposition includes unique art works by artists not only from Moscow, but also from other cities, including: St.Petersburgh, Novossibirsk, Samara and Nizhniy Novgorod. The exhibition includes major video projects, paintings and installations. Organised with the ideas of comparing or even contrasting - the young artists are presented alongside with established artists, the new works are placed next to the "tried and true" ones that already have been included number of international venues. A peculiarity that sets this exhibition apart from others is a fresh curator's vision: to present Russia's contemporary art scene as a complex knot of collisions - trends, generations, media and themes.

Alexander Soloviov, the exhibition curator remarks: "A selection of the Russian artists for our exhibition covers the time period of 2000 to the present. Are there any particularities that distinguish a new Russian image in a chronological sequence of the earlier periods and what components this new identity is made of? These are the questions the PinchukArtCentre exposition should give the answers to, either directly or by means of mediation at times".

Contacts: PinchukArtCentre Tel.: +38 044 590-0858 or [email protected]

Address: PinchukArtCentre Block "А", 1/3-2, Chervonoarmiyska Street/Baseyna Street
Besarabka quarter
Kyiv 01 004

Viewing hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 12:00 - 21:00 Closed - Monday.

Admission is free