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09.09.2015 – 01.11.2015
William Kentridge. I am not me, the horse is not mine
Kyiv Biennale 2015 "The School of Kyiv" presents a new format of an art biennale that integrates exhibition projects into the frame of public discussion and reflection. Over hundred works of Ukrainian and foreign artists will be featured in the open exhibition space.
In response to the recent events in Ukraine, "The School of Kyiv" is going to focus its attention on the current problems of citizens in Ukraine, Europe and all over the world. In addition, the biennale will become a place for presentation of alternative egalitarian visions of the future.
Within the "School of Kyiv" project curators suggested NAMU to present the work by William Kentridge "I am not Me, the Horse is not Mine".
In the work "I am not Me, the Horse is not Mine" Kentridge uses aesthetics of suprematism and constructivism, combining themes from Gogol's story "The Nose", opera of the same name by Dmitrii Shostakovych, and the well known case of Mykola Bukharin. Admiring the avant-garde energy of a change of the1920-30s, he also explores "actions of an individual in the face of enormous and inexorable social Other, whether it is the state, party, history or family."
It is easy to see that the installation interacts with the line of the avant-garde in the permanent exhibition of NAMU. Pieces by Oleksandra Ekster, El Lysytskyi, Oleksandr Arkhypenko and others create parallels to Kentridge's work.
In the light of ideas of "school" and discussions it seemed interesting for us to appeal to Ukrainian school of art and to create a visual conceptual "conversation" between Kentridge's and Anatolii Petrytskyi's works. Petrytskyi was universally gifted master: he worked with easel and book graphics, painting, design, scenography. The latest revealed the essence of his avant-garde art most fully.
In the first room, developing an idea of a graphic dialogue, we turned to the NAMU collection of graphic arts and chose 12 portraits of the Ukrainian intellectuals Petrytskyi created in 1929-31. Those whose identity became a threat to the system. For some of them, the resistance ended in the massacre of 1937.
William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg in 1955. He is known for his prints, drawings, animation films and theater set designs. Kentridge received many awards, including Kyoto Prize (2010) and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (2013). His works were presented at the biennale in San-Paolo (2013); Documenta 13 (Cassel) (2012), MOMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York) (2011), Louvre (2010).
Anatolii Petrytskyi (1895 - 1964) was a Ukrainian artist. He studied art under the lead of Vasyl Krychevskyi and Oleksandr Murashko. Participant of Venice Biennale (1930). Began to work in theater in 1916, and in 1917 he became the chief artist of the Youth Theater of Les Kurbas (1917-1919). Anatolii Petrytskyi went through the totalitarian system of 1920 - 1930s. The artist was lucky to escape prison and deportation, but his bright individual manner constantly put him under the close supervision of Soviet security services.