PROJECT: “Incompatible Compatibility”
CURATOR: Marina Koneva, Kateryna Mariushkina
DATE: May 18 – June 8, 2009
MUSEUM: Kharkiv Literary Museum
The “Incompatible Compatibility” project became an outstanding event in Kharkov’s cultural life. Driving the project was the intensity of its programme. Fine art of the 20th and 21st centuries, literary evenings, lectures on art and art meetings – all of these events aimed to assist the versatile presentation of the project's idea, and also at attracting a wider audience to the project and the museum collection.
The project united a number of works: Artem Vlokin's emotional project “Sisters”, Roman Minin's picturesque work “Miners”, a series of works “For those who haven't been in the Organ hall” along with the photographs of Borys Kosarev that were made during the shooting of “Earth” (directed by Dovzhenko), the series “Sorochynska fair” and photographs of post-revolutionary Kharkov.
PROJECT: Performance “8”
CURATOR: Larissa Babij
DATE: October 10, 2009
MUSEUM: National Art Museum of Ukraine
A man is walking from one end of the gallery to the other. The entire time he is looking attentively at the icon in front of him. Over eight hours, he covers a distance of approximately 50 meters, which could be done in eight seconds (running), in less than a minute if walking with a normal relaxed stride, in eight minutes at a very slow, meditative pace.
Eight hours is a long time to move continuously.
During the performance in the National Art Museum, lasting the entire working day, performer Oleksandr Lebediev investigates the phenomena of physical movement and visual perception. His attention constantly oscillates between concentrating on the movement of his own body and observing the surrounding museum space. He is exploring the threshold between stillness and movement.
PROJECT: “New History”
CURATOR: Mykola Ridnyi, Ganna Kriventsova, Galyna Kuklenko
DATE: May 21- 25, 2009
MUSEUM: Kharkiv Art Museum
Exposition “The New History” is a special project designed for a traditional fine arts museum. It presents works by Swedish, Romanian, Slovakian, Russian and Ukrainian artists. Art objects created in the first decade of the ХХI century are introduced as a temporary part of Ukrainian and Russian art regular exposition of the Kharkov Art Museum.
Avoiding the technique of classic and contemporary art juxtaposition, the project aims to create an open dialogue between different cultural formations.
“The New History” shutdown on the next day after its official opening made us request an explanation about the reasons and conditions of this gesture.
Except claims about the technical conditions of artwork presentation and rude language in Alexander Vaindorf’s video, the main reason of exposition shutdown is Ms Myzgina’s personal attitude towards the “so-called contemporary art”. So, at the beginning of the XXI century in the country with 20 years of democratic experience we face the fact of closing an art exposition with a single-handed decision of a museum director. The opinion of the international expert committee that gave the project professional evaluation and recommended it for realization did not have any significance for Ms Myzgina.