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Painting in Excess: Kyiv's Art Revival, 1985-1993

Painting in Excess: Kyiv's Art Revival, 1985-1993

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Painting in Excess: Kyiv's Art Revival, 1985-1993

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Exhibition Catalog

Olena Martynyuk et al. Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2021. Published in association with Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick.

144 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 28 x 24 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781978830752

The years following the inception of perestroika policies and encompassing the collapse of the Soviet Union remarkably transformed Kyiv’s art scene, successfully launching Ukrainian contemporary art as a truly global phenomenon. The calm waters of the culturally provincial capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic became radically stirred with new and daring art made publicly visible for the first time since the avant-garde period. This explosion of styles, rediscovered histories, and newly found freedoms blossoming against the background of the collapsing Soviet empire, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, and increasing economic scarcity created an effect of baroque excess. As if in a crooked mirror, the overabundance in art styles and the limitless production of new meanings reflected the emptiness of the hollowed-out Communist ideology and late socialist realist art. This exhibition traces and documents the diverse artistic manifestations of these transitional and exhilarating years in Kyiv while providing some historical artworks for context.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Ukraine -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 -- Painting --

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