Ukrainian artists at the exhibition in Trieste
From May 29 to September 2, an exhibition of works by Ukrainian artists will be held in the Italian city of Trieste. 140 paintings from Vlad Ralko, Ilya Chichkan, Nikita Kravtsov and many others will be exhibited in the framework of the project called “Connecting points”. “Join The Dots” is an international exhibition of the Inago Mundi Foundation (“The Paintings of the World”), which is supervised by the patron and collector Lucciano Benetton. The collection Benetton has collected over the years of travel around the world: today it includes more than 25,000 paintings from 150 countries. To the works of artists there is only one requirement – the format: it should not exceed 10×12 centimeters. In the collection there are works of both young artists and stars of modern art – Zaha Hadid and David Byrne.
The art of each country in the Imago Mundi Foundation is coordinated by a local curator. Ukrainian artists were chosen by Solomiya Savchuk, curator and head of the department of contemporary art programs at the Mystetskyi Arsenal. “In the Imago Mundi collection, a lot of topics and stories are related to current events in Ukraine: the Revolution of Virtue, the annexation of the Crimea and the war in the Donbass,” says Solomia .- In a variety of styles and techniques, from optical effects to voluminous sculptures, the personal histories of artists become creative fragments today’s history of Ukraine, dramatic, sometimes ironic, sometimes destructive. “
“Connecting Points” is a great exhibition that brings together six thousand artists from Ukraine to Morocco. Its idea is in the words “unity in diversity”: it is about overcoming borders – ethnic, geographical and political. Most of the works from the Ukrainian series were made by artists in 2014-2015. When curator Solomyi Savchuk asked them to do small-format work, it was important that the authors remain recognizable even in this format and retain their creative manner.
So, Ilya Chichkan did the work, which his well-known project Monkey Business (“Bablo”) continued: these are portraits of already well-known humanoid monkeys Chichkan, which are painted on banknotes of different countries of the world.
Vlada Ralko, in turn, created a work on a theme that is special for her work – a continuous struggle: both external (which takes place in Ukraine) and internal, which occurs in the soul of the artist.
The exhibition will be held in Trieste until September 3, 2018, at the Salone degli Incanti pavilion.