“Oleksandr Roitburd. Power Theory”. The exhibition of the Research Platform of the PinchukArtCentre

“Oleksandr Roitburd. Power Theory”

The Research Platform of the PinchukArtCentre presents the exhibition of Oleksandr Roitburd, a figure who has had a driving influence on the Ukrainian art scene for over three decades.  Oleksandr Roitburd believed an artist inherently possesses the power to influence the world and dedicated his life to realising this vision.  As such he engaged with prominent political actors, presidents and figures of influence. As shows the start of the exhibition, departs from his meeting with Harald Szeemann, one of the most influential curators in the world history. Widely using his art to comment on political decisions, Oleksandr Roitburd himself was engaged with representatives of a wide range of political forces and established contacts with government authorities and influential businesses. Using those contacts to promote Ukrainian art and advocate for its institutionalisation.  “The topic of power is extremely relevant in today's world. Russia's war against Ukraine has become a frontline in the confrontation between dictatorship and democracy. Another global challenge is populism. Oleksandr Roitburd believed in the educational project and the ability of civil society to defend universal values. And he saw uncontrolled power as a threat to both rights and freedoms and to the government itself,” says exhibition curator Kostiantyn Doroshenko. The selection of works allows to understand the artist through his own perception: the interaction between culture, society, and power. Focusing exclusively on the works, documents, and artefacts from private collections and family, this exhibition is the outcome of the continuous efforts of the PinchukArtCentre Research Platform, to delve into phenomena and personalities significant to the history of Ukrainian art. For the exhibition, we invited Oleksandr Burlaka to create an exhibition architecture that in itself comments on the figure of Roitburd and specifically his city of birth, Odesa.  Exhibition curator: Kostiantyn Doroshenko, affiliated expert of the Research Platform of the PinchukArtCentre.Exhibition architect: Oleksandr Burlaka.
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