The Third Danube Biennale of Contemporary Art
30/08/2015

The Third Danube Biennale of Contemporary Art

GOOGLE TRANSLATE!!! On August 29, the 3rd Danube Biennale of Contemporary Art was opened in the Bratislava Museum of Art by Muenelstin Danubian. This year, the first invited curator, Christina Yarosova, opened the topic "Modern icons. Art spectacle. "

The exposition aims to discuss the issues of the younger generation of artists and new ideas about what is perceived by society as an art. The role of contemporary art, woven into a tangle of images of popular culture, is also put into question; the inclination of modern society to superficial reading of symbols and enthusiasm for the "colorful visuality" of objects. Has society replaced the substitution of religion as a fundamental value for the "religion of consumption"? Are these artists critics of modern capitalism and at what stage is immersion in the process deprives them of the possibility of objective criticism. 22 new artists from ten Danubian countries, including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, presented their "new icons".

Despite the fact that the Danube only touches Ukraine at the end of its journey, falling into the Black Sea not far from Odessa, three artists were selected from Ukraine at once, which, as the organizers admitted, took the most advantageous expositions in the space of the youngest museum in Slovakia.

Two large-scale canvases by Stepan Ryabchenko from Odessa are clearly distinguished by their colorful, expressive and, most importantly, very convincing reality of the invented digital figurative. Fantastic stories, growing out of the tradition of the Ukrainian avant-garde, resembled classic canvases depicting epic battles.

According to the idea of the curator, the name of the exhibition is "Modern icons. Art of the spectacle "- points to several overlapping themes that represent the point of view of various artistic forms and techniques. The task of the exposition is not to generalize and compare clearly different types of expression, but in the accentuation of dialectical features and the creation of space for an equitable, open discussion. Well, assessing the scale of the work of Ukrainian artists, it is difficult to call the discussion equal. Their works clearly dominated in space, standing out not only in size, but also a demonstration of a completely different approach.

Twenty-meter installation "Siberia" Nikita Shaleny was like a lulled giant, neatly wrapped in a curving wall of the building. Powerful political overtones of the Siberian landscape of towels can be caught, noticing the tags on towels made in China.

The spiky turnstile of Daniel Galkin had the viewer slow down, interacting with the installation, as if going through an uncomfortable portal into a different reality. The Biennale will be held until 25 October. The convenient location of the museum, a 50-minute drive from Vienna, makes it easily accessible to viewers from different countries, including Ukrainians.

Participation in the Biennale was accepted: Erik Binder / SK /, Michele Bressan / RO /, Nemanja Cvijanovi? / HR /, Michal? Ernušák / SK /, Tanja Deman / HR /, Viktor Frešo / SK /, Daniil Galkin / UA /, Patrícia Jagicza / HU /, Paulina Jazvi? / HR /, Vikenti Komitski / BG /, Kristian Ko? Ul / HR - DE /, Marek Kvetan / SK /, Marcel Mališ / SK /, Stano Masár / SK /, Ioana Nemes / RO /, Pavle Pavlovi? / HR /, Stepan Ryabchenko / UA /, Nikita Shalenny (UA), Erik Šille (SK), Maja Vukoje (AT), Clemens Wolf (AT), Vlasta? Áková / SK /

Source: Masha Shaluyeva

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