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PinchukArtCentre presents “Borderline. Ukrainian Art 1985–2004” – a Group Exhibition of Ukrainian Artists

28 May 2015

The PinchukArtCentre presents “Borderline. Ukrainian Art 1985–2004” - a large scale group show of Ukrainian artists exploring development of the Ukrainian contemporary art from early 1980s till 2004 when the Orange Revolution had happened in the country. The exhibition investigates driving forces of socially and politically engaged art starting from “pre-perestroika” time. It presents more than 40 major group works by prominent Ukrainian artists and art groups whose practice has been defined during and shortly after the collapse of the USSR.

The project includes works by Sergey Bratkov, Oksana Chepelyk, Illya Chichkan, Oleg Golosiy, Yuri Leiderman, Pavlo Makov, Masoch Fund, Boris Mikhailov, Natsprom, Vlada Ralko, Alexander Roitburd, Jury Rupin, Andriy Sagaidakovsky, Arsen Savadov, Georgiy Senchenko, Oleg Tistol, Vasiliy Tsagolov, and Leonid Voitsekhov.

The artists in the exhibition have played a leading role to define the position of art in a post-soviet society and searched for ways to confront their own history, regain artistic freedom and develop a critical artistic voice. Through their work they often reflected, mirrored or responded upon a society that had to re-invent itself through instability, ideological shifts and social changes.  

Björn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre: “With this exhibition I try to create a position that will spark discourse on how to appreciate and understand the generation of artists who emerged during early 80ties and 90ties. The exhibition is a stand against formal appreciations but instead tries to offer a view that allows to see unifying driving forces within Ukrainian art.”

Throughout the exhibition, three main themes are formulated: “Perestroika”, “search for identity” (both personal and national) and “the corruption of morals”. These themes are traced through the different artistic practices in Ukraine between 1985 and 2004. The exhibition attempts to formulate an alternative view, away from a division into traditionally defined formal schools, in search for shared artistic driving forces that reveal an engagement in, and reflection of a country in transition and a social flux.

The exhibition is curated by Bjorn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre and co-curated by the art centre’s junior curator Tatiana Kochubinska.

The exhibition is open from May 30 till October 4, 2015 in the PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Opening hours: from Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00.

Admission is free.


PinchukArtCentre is the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe. As a project of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, it is dedicated to fostering artistic education, production and appreciation of contemporary art in Ukraine. It provides a sustainable contribution to the cultural participation and emancipation of Ukrainian art and society. It also gives a significant contribution to the cultural dialogue between East and West, and between national identity and international challenge.

Recent events have included personal exhibitions by Jeff Wall, Gary Hume, Olafur Eliasson, Candice Breitz, Damian Ortega, Sergey Bratkov, Subodh Gupta, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Jan Fabre and others. The art centre has founded Prizes to support national and international young artists up to 35.

The PinchukArtCentre had represented Ukraine in 2007 and 2009 at the 52nd and 53rd International Art Exhibitions - la Biennale di Venezia, organizing the Ukrainian national pavilions, as well as with Future Generation Art [email protected] exhibitions in 2011 and 2013 as part of the Collateral events.

The PinchukArtCentre with the support of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation presents the Ukrainian national pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. A group exhibition entitled “Hope!” featuring a young generation of Ukrainian artists is open from May 8 till July 31, 2015. Björn Geldhof, Deputy Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre, is the curator of the project.

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