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On 26 - 27 March 2011 IZOLYATSIA will continue its course of lectures dedicated to the phenomenon of contemporary art. In the Donetsk Regional Art Museum, the two following lectures on Ukrainian contemporary art will be presented by art-historian and curator Oksana Barshynova and media-art theorist Olga Balashova.

26th of March, 13:00
On visual arts: Ukrainian contemporary art of 1980’s- 1990’s. 

Ukrainian contemporary art arose during the perestroika-period, after the Chernobyl disaster and in the context of the Soviet empire collapse. Looking towards the worldwide art processes, the painters resolutely rejected the hackneyed soviet-realistic canon and turned to a postmodern ironical game with traditional painting. In the 1990’s artists addressed themselves to their surroundings – so unbelievable and absurd – in attempt of reconsidering them with the help of new media tools like photography and media art. Pictorial thinking, inclination to identifying the reality as an art phenomenon, a certain social escapism, all had a great influence on the contemporary art of 1990’s.   

Lecturer – Oksana Barshynova, head of the XX – XXI century art department at the Ukrainian National Art Museum. Historian of art. Curator of contemporary art exhibitions in the Ukrainian National Frt museum: “Yell” (media-project by Oleg Cherny and Gennady Khmaruk, 2009), “Ukrainian new wave: art of late 1980’s – early 1990’s” (2009), “90/120” (multimedia project by Alexander Druganov and Viktor Priduvalov, 2010). Author of articles on contemporary art in Ukraine, lecturer in the history of Ukrainian art of the second half of XX – beginning of XXI century in National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).  


27th of March, 13:00
Developing new lands. Ukrainian art of the naughties.   

During the revolutionary events in Ukraine, which took place in mid-naughties, Ukrainian art managed to rise to a new level, surmounting its own closure. Gradually those tendencies, which only timidly made themselves felt in the beginning of the decade, became an evident phenomenon not only for the internal situation, but the main exported art product, which got embedded into the world context.    

Lecturer – Olga Balashova, art critic, curator, media-theoretician, lecturer at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. Author of articles on contemporary art, and lecturer of “Contemporary art in questions and answers,” co-author of a course “Media-practice and media-theory”.   

Address: Donetsk Regional Museum of Art, 35 Pushkin Boulevard 

Entrance – free, with registration in advance.
The registration is open until 25th of March by phone 050 239 15 53 or by e-mail: [email protected]


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