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“The Forbidden Image” by Boris Mikhailov organized by the PinchukArtCentre’s Research Platform
20 June 2019 - 6 January 2020

The PinchukArtCentre’s research platform will present The Forbidden Image, a homecoming exhibition dedicated to Boris Mikhailov, offering a new view of his work from photography to conceptual art and performativity. The exhibition will show the practice of Mikhailov in the context of the “Kharkiv school of photography” and of the post-soviet space. 

Mikhailov’s work moved on the edges of political and social norms and tested the limits of what the show addresses as The Forbidden Image. This title stresses the personal engagement and risks implied by the early practice of Mikhailov and his keen sense of critical thinking through image itself, allowing an expanded understanding of the reality of the context. The exhibition will therefore underline his position as a leader and a thinker, learning from a few peers and becoming an influencer for the next generations.

The exhibition journey is meant to be a flow through various series, a nod to slideshow exhibitions of the Kharkiv School during Soviet times. It will follow Mikhailov’s work through three major themes challenging the notion of The Forbidden Image:  an image that's beyond the boundaries (The nude, The performative), a “life-drunk” image of society (New humanism), an intimate image that “flutters at night” (Personal romantics). 


  • Bjorn Geldhof, Artistic Director at the PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
  • Martin Kiefer, in charge of Contemporary Art at the Musée du Louvre, Paris
  • Alicia Knock, Curator, Contemporary and research department, Centre Pompidou, Paris 

Research Team:

  • Tatiana Kochubinska
  • Daria Shevtsova
  • Galyna Gleba
  • Kateryna Iakovlenko
  • Tetiana Zhmurko
11 May 2019 - 18 August 2019

A Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The PinchukArtCentre and Victor Pinchuk Foundation present works by 21 young artists across 17 countries, shortlisted for the 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize - the global art prize for artists aged 35 or younger. Established in 2009, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize’s founding. 

25 April 2019 - 2 June 2019

Referring to the hit of the Swedish singer-emigrant Ardis in 1994, the international exhibition «Ain't nobody's business» activates voices striving for freedom of self-determination. The collective position of artists provokes a public debate about the controversial relationship between regulatory power and personality. How does our sexuality show itself in modern realities? And does its detection depend on ourselves?