"Stone Hits Stone"
A solo exhibition by Nikita Kadan

February 27 - August 15, 2021

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The PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) presents "Stone Hits Stone" by Nikita Kadan, made in the context of the PinchukArtCentre's Research Platform. His first major solo exhibition in Ukraine presents both new produced and existing works reflecting on Ukrainian history, political violence, national historical heritage, avant-garde and Soviet utopia. This exhibition deals with present day challenges in its inextricable connection with the past, using history to enlighten the present and imagine the future.

Stone Hits Stone is the first major solo exhibition by Nikita Kadan in Ukraine and his largest solo exhibition to date. It is a celebration of an artist who has created over the last 14 years a vibrant international career while influencing and supporting many Ukrainian artists. For the PinchukArtCentre, Nikita Kadan is just the third Ukrainian artist in 15 years represented with a major solo exhibition. He follows in the footsteps of the two other monuments: Sergey Bratkov and Boris Mikhailov. This landmark exhibition follows a long journey of collaborations since 2007. Kadan showed twice in the PinchukArtCentre Prize (winning it in 2011), twice in the Future Generation Art Prize (once as a member of REP), took part in the exhibition Fear and Hope and presented his works in five other group exhibitions. Therefore, not without pride, we celebrate Nikita Kadan with this exhibition, marking history while dreaming of the future."

Björn Geldhof, curator of the exhibition and artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre

The exhibition opens with a "flashback" expressed as an intuitive artistic and historical reflection mainly through the works of those who are seen as the Ukrainian avant-garde. It accentuates Kadan's use of the historical past, in the form of ideologies, art and acts of political violence.

Permeating the entire exhibition are historical events, objects and designs that Kadan re-interprets with regard to present-day pressing need to resist geopolitical failures, imperialist aggression and far-right ideologies.

Stone Hits Stone is never about "history as it really was", it is a motive that flashes up in the moment of danger, and it enlightens our present and directs us towards the future.

On the occasion of Nikita Kadan's solo exhibition, the PinchukArtCentre will publish in early March 2021 an online book, "Stone Hits Stone". The collected texts by Uilleam Blacker, Bjorn Geldhof, Kateryna Mischenko and Kateryna Yakovlenko will elaborate on history and memory, art interpretation of the past and violence as well as actualisation of the avant-garde legacy today. The design is by Aliona Solomadina. The book will be available on the PinchukArtCentre web page in English and Ukrainian.The exhibition opens with a "flashback" expressed as an intuitive artistic and historical reflection mainly through the works of those who are seen as the Ukrainian avant-garde. It accentuates Kadan's use of the historical past, in the form of ideologies, art and acts of political violence.

Permeating the entire exhibition are historical events, objects and designs that Kadan re-interprets with regard to present-day pressing need to resist geopolitical failures, imperialist aggression and far-right ideologies.

Stone Hits Stone is never about "history as it really was", it is a motive that flashes up in the moment of danger, and it enlightens our present and directs us towards the future.

On the occasion of Nikita Kadan's solo exhibition, the PinchukArtCentre will publish in early March 2021 an online book, "Stone Hits Stone". The collected texts by Uilleam Blacker, Bjorn Geldhof, Kateryna Mischenko and Kateryna Yakovlenko will elaborate on history and memory, art interpretation of the past and violence as well as actualisation of the avant-garde legacy today. The design is by Aliona Solomadina. The book will be available on the PinchukArtCentre web page in English and Ukrainian.

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Björn Geldhof

CuratorArtistic director of the PinchukArtCentre

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Kateryna Iakovlenko

Assistant curatorResearcher and curator of Public Programs of the PinchukArtCentre

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Dana Kosmina

Exposition architecture and design

Victory Over the Sun and Sun and Satellite are produced with the help of Voloshyn Gallery.

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Vasyl YermilovSketch for Monument to the Lenin Era, 1961

Watercolour and graphite pencil on paper

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Sofia Nalepynska-Boychuk"Pacification" of Western Ukraine, 1930

Woodblock print on paper

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David Hofstein, Marc ChagallTroyer

Kyiv, Kultur-Liga. 1922

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Viktor Palmov
In the Village (Horse Taming), 1927

Oil on canvas

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Nikita Kadan
Tiger's Leap, 2018

Iron

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Manuil Shekhtman
Jewish Pogrom, 1926

Tempera on canvas

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Vasyl Yermilov
Red Ukraine, sketch for the painted design of a campaign train, 1919

Watercolour on paper

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Vasyl Yermilov
Painting of the train Red Ukraine, 1921

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Ivan Padalka
Decorated plate reading: "I am proletarian Mamay, beware of me, you bourgeois, back off", 1923

Porcelain

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Vasyl Yermilov
Edition of Bilshovytsky Zasiv, cover sketch, 1920–early 1930s

Indian ink on paper and appliqué work

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Nikita Kadan
The Inhabitants of Colosseum, 2018

Sound sculpture based on the audio document of a public performance on the Stone Bridge in Regensburg, video and photo documents, description texts.

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Nikita Kadan
Victory, 2017

Plywood, plaster and white paint

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Nikita Kadan
The Spectacle of Unorganized Masses, 2018

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Nikita Kadan
Chronicle, 2016

Ink on paper

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Nikita Kadan
Pogrom, 2016

Charcoal on paper

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Nikita Kadan
Sun and Satellite, 2020

Iron, neon

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Nikita Kadan
From the series Broken Pole, 2019–2021

Iron, print on silk

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Nikita Kadan (born 1982)
Victory Over the Sun, 2020

Iron

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Nikita Kadan
Spectators, 2016

Charcoal on paper

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Nikita Kadan
Coal of the Donbas (Yermilov—Braque), 2021

Charcoal on paper

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Nikita Kadan in collaboration with Dana Kosmina
Lysa Hora Architecton, 2021

Plasterboard, wood, lightbox

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Nikita KadanEverybody Wants to Live by the Sea, 2014

Photography, gouache, graphite

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Nikita Kadan
Anonymous, Tarred, 2021

Marble, wood, plastic, resin

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Nikita Kadan
The Inhabitants of Colosseum, 2018

Sound sculpture based on the audio document of a public performance on the Stone Bridge in Regensburg, video and photo documents, description texts.

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Nikita KadanFuture in the Past, 2021

Charcoal on paper

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Vernissage

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Nikolay Karabinovych, artist

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Daria Shevtsova, assistant curator of the PinchukArtCentre

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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«Stone Hits Stone» exposition view

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Mikhail Tsarev, executive director of StarLightMedia

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Svitlana Kovalchuk, Director of International Projects, Victor Pinchuk Foundation

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Katya Вuchatska, artist

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Boris Filonenko, curator, art critic, and editor at IST Publishing

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Kateryna Iakovlenko, researcher and curator of Public Programs of the PinchukArtCentre

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Yevhen Samborskyi, artist and Yustyna Yakimyak

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Alina Kleitman, artist with Tanya Solovey, editor in chief at the BURO 24/7

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Dana Kosmina, architector, Anna Zvyagintseva, artist and Lesya Khomenko, artist and curator

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Lesya Khomenko, artist and curator

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Veronika Selega

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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AntiGonna, artist with Andrew Siguntsov, curator

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Maria Lanko, gallerist and curator, "The Naked Room"

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Julia Beliaeva, artist, Lesya Melnychuk PR Manager of the PinchukArtCentre with Andrew Siguntsov, curator

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Nikita Kadan, artist

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Yuliya Chebotariova, executive director and chief operating officer at the EastOne, Dmitriy Logvin, executive director of the PinchukArtCentre, Björn Geldhof, artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre and guests at the vernissage

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Nadya Vatulyova, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Olha Kushpitovska, Zinteko and Oksana Pidvarko

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Evgeniy Karas, gallery owner, and Janna Karas with daughter

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Nataliya Libet, film producer

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Julia Beliaeva, artist and Janna Karas with daughte

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«Tailings Dam» exposition view

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Olga Shyshlova, Head of the Educational Department of the PinchukArtCentre

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Oleksandra Pogrebnyak, assistant curator of the PinchukArtCentr

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Maria Vtorushyna, artistic director of the KyivArtWeek

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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PinchukArtCentre audioguide

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Ksenia Malykh, Manager of the Research Platform of the PinchukArtCentre

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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«Remember Yesterday» exposition view, «Wasted Youth» artwork by Sasha Kurmaz

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Julia Beliaeva, artist

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Daniil Revkovskiy and Andriy Rachinskiy, artists

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Igor Abramovich, art dealer and gallerist

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Julia Beliaeva, artist

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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Denis Kazvan, Head of Corporate Communications at Visa

Photographed by Alexander Pilyugin

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At the exhibition you can use audio guide Explainit which provides you with a unique opportunity for an individualized visit to the exhibition and get to know the stories behind the works.

The exhibition will be open from February 27 to August 15, 2021. Admission is free

Photos are open for usage by mass media.When using photos, please, note copyright information:Photographs provided by the PinchukArtCentre © 2021. Photographed by Maksym Bilousov.