27. September 2019, 17 – 18:30 Uhr
Vielen Dank an den Künstler Nikita Kadan für seinen Vortrag Kmytiv phenomenon. The war in museum innerhalb des Studioprogrammes am BAI | Kunstschule, Kunstinkubator & Artist in Residence in Berlin. Die Präsentation widmet sich dem Phänomen des Kmytiv Art Museum in der Zhytomyr Region der Ukraine und dem aktuellen politischen Kampf um diese Institution.
“Kmytiv museum of fine art named after J.Bukhanchuk (till 1991 institution was called ‚Museum of Soviet Art“) is a unique institution located in a small village in Zhytomyr Region. The collection of the museum includes about 3000 works of painting, graphics, sculpture and decorative arts of the second half of the twentieth century of various republics of the USSR. The museum was founded and developed by Joseph Bukhanchuk, a local collector, first as an art collection in a rural school. Since 1985, the museum collection has been exhibited in a magnificent neo-modernist building, built on the individual project of architect M. Severov.
Since 2019 at the Kmytiv Museum of Fine Arts named after Joseph Bukhanchuk was created a contemporary art department and the research program „Kmytiv Museum of Soviet Art“. The participants of this program study the phenomenon of the Kmytiv Museum, its history and collection. Art historian Yevhenia Molyar and artist and curator Leo Trotzenko run the residence in museum, and Nikita Kadan is curator of exhibition program in which contemporary art works are engaged in interpretation of Soviet heritage.
In early August of 2019, Zhytomyr extreme rightist politicians began to intervene in the activities of the museum to influence the content of its operation and cause controversy around its activities. The Deputies of the Regional Council of Zhytomyr Region, Olena Galaguza and Sydir Kіzіn, jointly with the ultra-rightwing support group, have initiated a campaign against the research initiatives and contemporary art displays at the museum, neglecting Ukrainian legislation and museum autonomy. Ignoring the content of the exhibitions, politicians object to the word „Soviet“ which is present in the titles of the research program and curatorial platform, initiated by Nikita Kadan and Yevhenіya Molyar. During the meeting of the Standing Committee of Zhytomyr Regional Council, Sydir Kіzіn threatened the museum personnel with the prosecutor’s office which „will put behind bars“. Unfortunately, currently, the political speculations put in jeopardy the achievements and activities of the research platform.” (Text by courtesy of Nikita Kadan)
Das Gespräch von Nikita Kadan wird zur Unterstützung des Kmytiv-Museums organisiert. Nikita wird über die Geschichte der Neuentwicklungen des Museums, kuratorische Projekte der Abteilung für zeitgenössische Kunst des Museums und über politische Auseinandersetzungen rund um die Institution berichten.
Nikita Kadan was born 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he lives and works today. He is a member of the artist group R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space, since 2004) and Co-founder and member of the Hudrada (Artistic committee, 2008) curatorial and activist group. He often works in interdisciplinary collaborations – with architects, human rights activists and sociologists. Kadan‘s work has been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at mumok, Vienna (2014), CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2012), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2013), Castello di Rivoli, Torino (2013), 55th Venice Biennale – Palazzo Contarini Polignac (2013), Ukrainian pavillion at 56th Venice Biennale (2015), 14th Istanbul Biennale (2015), DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2014). He was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and won it in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury of The Future Generation Art Prize.
Derzeit ist Nikita Kadan im Rahmen des vom UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE finanzierten EXTER-Programms Gast im BAI Residenzprogramm am BERLIN ART INSTITUTE. Seine aktuelle Ausstellung „Project of Ruins“ im mumok in Wien läuft bis zum 06. Oktober 2019.
Weitere Informationen auf der Nikita Kadan Webseite.