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Codex of Mezhyhiria
Opening: 26.04.2014 (Saturday) at 11:00
Curator: Alexandr Roitburd and Alisa Lozhkina
National Art Museum of Ukraine
Codex of Mezhyhiria
Curators Group: Alexandr Roitburd and Alisa Lozhkina
Don't ask us about golden loaf. We don't know where it is. But its spirit continues to disturb our society - as well as the spirit of its owner, in whose house it was founded.
But besides ghostly golden loaf many other things were found in Mezhyhiria that are interesting from the artistic point of view. Old valuable books, sculptures, icons, paintings, utensils, furnishings, collectible weapons and souvenirs. Among them there were some really unique pieces as well as examples of outright tastelessness and fakes. Museum experts and members of the Blue Shield organization made a decision to transfer so called "Treasures of Mezhyhiria" for temporary storage to the National Art Museum of Ukraine. Later some items from the house of Viktor Pshonka were included.
At first presentation of these objects for the public in the museum was not planned. But when the halls of the 1st floor of the exhibition were filled with various goods, often provocative and with specific "aura", it was decided that the public needs to see it and make its own conclusions. Visiting curator and artist Alexandr Roitburd proposed to build the exposition in a form of an inventory book in order to avoid professional evaluation and just to let these objects speak and testify for themselves.
Young artists Oleksandr Burlaka and Ivan Melnychuk worked on the public presentation and embodiment of this idea. In their artistic practice they critically reassess space with its components and semantic load.
As it was noted by Alexandr Roitburd: "This outrageous tastelessness in many ways can be didactic. If the fourth president of our poor country had at least a little less "zhlobskyi" redneck taste and maybe slightly more modest house and cabinet, then the gang that surrounded him (or so-called "elite") would probably start to fight for the first place in modesty and democracy, but not in Gypsy Baron style luxury. And then the level of corruption would go down and kleptocracy would fade. We should not neglect the importance of style on the ethic climate."
Educational program of the exhibition includes meetings with artists, art-critics, politicians, members of governmental institutions along with open discussions and other public events.
Pre-registration is requested for the press conference.
Alexandr Roitburd - artist, curator, collector, theoretician of contemporary art. For the past 20 years was in the list of top-ten Ukrainian artists. Father of the Odessa transavangarde. Known in Ukraine, Russia, Europe, and the USA. Founder of the Association "New Art", Director of CCA of Soros in Odessa, Director of Marat Gelman Gallery in Kyiv.
Alisa Lozhkina - art critic, specialist in cultural studies, chief editor of the project Art Ukraine. Deputy Director of Mystetskyi Arsenal.
Oleksandr Burlaka - Kyiv artist, architect, member of the Group of Objects - group of artists who specialize on the research of city transformation. Member of the curatorial group Hudsovet. Author of the lightbox computer-collages with images from Google Earth for the project Scene of Action.
Ivan Melnychuk - Kyiv artist, architect, member of the art Group of Objects. Together with Oleksandr they were nominees for PinchukArtPrize in 2013.
Committee of the Blue Shield - international non-governmental organization under the auspices of the UN, which protects sites of cultural heritage during armed conflicts and natural disasters. Created in Ukraine on February, 21. Heads: Mykola Yakovyna of ICOMOS ( International Council on Monuments and Sites ), Serhiy Laevsky of ICOM ( International Council of Museums) , Iryna Shevchenko of IFLA ( International Federation of Library Associations ) and Olha Muzychuk of State Archival Service of Ukraine (member of the International Council of Archives ICA). Members of this organization are now oppose the looting and the destruction of monuments.
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