It is with great pleasure that Artvera’s announces the opening of its extraordinary charity exhibition “Just Art”. From June 12th until September 12th 2015, this exhibition will bring together for the first time Ukrainian and Russian artists who through their works offer intimate insight into their personal histories, ways of thinking and individual experiences relating to the political developments of the past years.
Recent events that have had great impact on Ukraine - such as the Maidan protests in Kiev, the annexation of Crimea and the change of government - are recurring subjects in the artists’ works that reveal the harsh and complex reality of everyday life. Ukrainian artists who have been invited to participate in the exhibition come from different parts of the country including Kiev, Odessa, Zaporozyhe and Donetsk. All proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Ukrainian families in need.
Artvera’s director Sofia Komarova explained, ”I am proud that we have managed to put this very special exhibition together. Russian and Ukrainian contemporary artists are largely unknown to the international public. With this show, we hope to shed light on the artistic scene, create a dialogue and most importantly help to benefit the people in Ukraine who are suffering from this conflict.”
Artists who will be exhibited include Alexander Rojtburd (Ukrainian New Wave movement), Oksana Mas (Ukrainian pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennale), Matvej Waisberg, Yuriy Solomko, Gennadiy Kozub and many more.
The works on view touch upon very different topics ranging from Postmodern art of the late 1980s and early 1990s with its provocative and ironic reinterpretations of cultural codes and events of daily life to paintings that show the patriarchal structures of Ukrainian Postmodernism and the Transavantgarde movement. Other paintings, such as “The Wall” by Matvey Waisberg, show the Maidan protests that he witnessed between January and March 2014, in turn reflecting how the events affected him both as an artist and as a citizen.
Young artists include visual prose artist Sergei Kolyada (1972), digital artist Andrew Ermolenko (1975), as well as Roman Minin (1981), the inventor of Transmonumentalism. Cartoon Realism, a relatively new art genre dating from 2002, is represented with thirty works by a number of different Russian artists including Nicolay Kopeikin, Andrey Kagadeev, Vladimir Medvedev, Kirill Miller, Mikail Gavritchkov and Nicolay Vasiliev.
During the course of the exhibition opening, four Russian and four Ukrainian artists will come together to engage in a live performance to create a large-format collective painting.
Artvera’s is one of Geneva's best-known and most prestigious art galleries specializing in late 19th and early 20th century European and Russian art. With this one-of-a-kind exhibition spread over 500m2, the gallery reinforces its strong interest in and support for contemporary art, making it an integral part of its program.