Kyiv. NACMC Mystetskyi Arsenal
22.09.2015 – 10.10.2015
Pavlo Gudimov`s curatorial project "MONUMENTS І" is the next deep dialogue between traditional and modern art. Not incidentally mentioned in its name roman numeral "I" is one of those numerous allusions, penetrating the whole exhibit, focused on mysterious artwork of The Northern Renaissance period. Thus "Melencolia I" of Albrecht Durer has become a start point in a process of symbolic language study of XVI and its transformation in the works of modern Ukrainian artists.
"As a curator, the idea of transparent connection between traditional and modern art or "new old" artists determines my view of art development. And when I first met "Melencolia I" of Albrecht Durer at The Alte Pinakothek in Munich, finally this continuity of art process has approved. All I have seen at engraving of 1514 was amazingly modern", − Pavlo Gudimov says.
So, occurring of comparable artistic appearances within past-modern is overwhelming in the entire story concept by the means of art language. Where winged Melancholy from the engraving will continue its life at Mykola Malyshko wooden sculpture, the dog, huddled in his sleep − in well-muscled but bounded bodies of Anna Ostapets. We find out transformed symbolic of nails, rainbow and polyhedron figure in the works of Albina Yaloza, Sergiy Panasenko and Anton Logov. The exhibit is completed with Durer`s engraving "Monument to the Vanquished Peasants". We can find its echo in the Olena Blanck`s objects, placed upon their pedestals.
Therefore, setting up "Melencolia I" into separate components, the curator dedicates a project "MONUMENTS І" to it. And the exhibit itself makes a foundation for the further levels, which appears after the number "I". In other words, the viewer freezes while expecting other levels of the truth knowledge, which Melancholy hasn't persisted yet.