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Nikita Kadan

Nikita Kadan

area: Visual Art

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Visual Art



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time period

January 2016 - January 2016

Born in Kyiv in 1982.
Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture (Kyiv), department of painting in 2007.
Member of the R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space) artists’ group since 2004.
Cofounder and member of Hudrada (Artistic committee) curatorial and activist group since 2008.
Lives in Kyiv.
Selected group exhibitions:
* - collective projects realized by R.E.P. group
The School of Kyiv - Kyiv Biennale, National Historical Museum of Ukraine
Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennale (catalogue)
The Air of the Earth, ArtBat Fest, Almaty
Demonstrating Minds, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki*
RENDEZ-VOUS, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
EUROPE. The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zürich (catalogue)
Some Say You Can Find Happiness There, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv
Limited Liability Pavilion, apartment show during 56th Venice Biennale*
Hope!, Ukrainian national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (catalogue, All The World’s Futures: 56
International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia)
Lest The Two Seas Meet, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Referendum on Withdrawal from the Human Race, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw / Closer Art Centre, Kyiv
The Right to Be Forgotten, Manne Siegbahnhusen, Stockholm University’s Frescati Campus, Stockholm
R.E.P. – On method, 10 years, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin / Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi / Contemporary Art Space, Batumi*
Through Maidan and Beyond, Architekturzentrum Wien in MuseumsQuartier, Vienna (catalogue)
The Wall, Art Face to Face with Borders, Careof DOCVA, Milan*
Art Has No Alternative (An Archive of Artists in Action), Bratislava*
Deprivation, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok* (catalogue)
Imaginary Archive, Les Kurbas National Theater Arts Center, Kyiv
Square(s), Francois Ghebaly Gallery, San Francisco
Disobedience Archive (The Park), SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul*
Stairs, project on Ivan Franko St., organized the by Polish Institute in Kyiv*
21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2014, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London (catalogue)
Kalashnikov, Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow
Everything and Nothing, Škuc Gallery, Lubljana
Private Nationalism, Kunsthalle, Košice / Ostrale ’14, Dresden
MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks, Institute for African Studies
in partnership with the V–A–C Foundation, Moscow (catalogue)
One place next to another, Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow Piazza dell’Imaginario, Prato*
Fear and Hope, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
The Ukrainians, daadgalerie, Berlin
(Re)construction of Friendship, Corner House (The former KGB headquarters), Riga (catalogue)
50 Years of Hell, Positive Propaganda projectspace, Munich
global aCtIVISm, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
New Acquisitions of Contemporary Art in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Spaces of Exception, special project of 5th Moscow Biennale, ARTPLAY Design Center
RENDEZ-VOUS 13, within the Lyon Biennial, Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon (catalogue)
Love of the Space, 10th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk
Self-government: Cultural Evolution vs. Revolution, Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art
Union of Hovels, island of Lido, Venice
The Future Generation Art Prize. Venice 2013, Collateral Event of the 55th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice
Disobedience Archive (The Republic), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (catalogue)
Ukrainian News, Centre for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowski Castle,” Warsaw
Court Experiment, SIZ Gallery, Rijeka
Showing its Colours. What Makes Art, Marta Museum, Herford* (catalogue)
Sun of the Poor, Ya Gallery Art Center, Dnipropetrovsk*
21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2012, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945, German Historical Museum, Berlin / Palazzo Reale di Milano, Milan / MOCAK, Krakow (catalogue)
Disputed Territory, M. Kroshitsky Sevastopol Art Museum, Sevastopol (catalogue)
Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen (catalogue)
Cantastoria, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City*
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times – Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, First Kyiv Biennale
ARSENALE 2012, Mystetskyi Arsenal (catalogue)
Crooked Mirrors, Lavra Gallery, Kyiv
WHO TOLD YOU SO?! #1 Truth vs. Government, Onomatopee projectspace, Eindhoven* (catalogue)
Atlas Critique. Une carte blanche au peuple qui manque, Parc Saint Léger*
Myth «Ukrainan Baroque,» National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv* (catalogue)
The Painting Blocks the View, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
It isn't important, it's only art..., Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok*
Ukrainian Body, Visual Culture Research Center at NaUKMA, Kyiv (catalogue)
Sound of Silence: Art during Dictatorship, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York
Labour Show, Visual Culture Research Center at NaUKMA, Kyiv
Exhibition of the 20 Shortlisted Artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Life in the Forest, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok*
Newspeak, Mala Gallery of Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv
A Complicated Relation, Part 2, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar
Making and Art, Stadtgalerie Schwaz*
Public Folklore, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
Contra Mater, Special project of 4th Moscow Biennale, Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts, Moscow
Unreliable Life, Special project of 4th Moscow Biennale, Art House Squat Forum, Moscow
Eyes Looking For a Head to Inhabit, MSL Museum, Lodz (catalogue)
Art Training, project in city space during European Cultural Congress, Wroclaw
Six and three, Cheremushki Gallery, Moscow
Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art
The Independent, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (catalogue)
ATLANTIS 11, during 54th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice*
Court Experiment, special project, ArtVienna 2011 fair, Vienna
Patriotism. The Trick, work in city space, Gorlitz*
PROSTO.ART, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv (catalogue)
Abstract Vision Test, Ya Gallery Art Center, Dnipropetrovsk
Space Odyssey 2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv
Annex 6. The Politics of the Invisible Hand, Y-Gallery, Tartu*
Special project of Art-Kyiv Contemporary 2010, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv
Court Experiment, Visual Culture Research Center at NaUKMA, Kyiv
10.10.10, Les Kurbas National Theater Arts Center, Kyiv
Videozone 5, The 5th International Video Art Biennial, Tel-Aviv* (catalogue)
When One Has to Say “We”: Art as the Practice of Solidarity, Saint Petersburg*
Rain Of Down, Culturehouse Telakka, Tampere*
Those who arrived in the 2000s, М17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv
Minimal differences, organized by Arsenal Gallery (Bialystok) in White Box Gallery, New York*
Protests, Subversions, Communities, Markets: Public Space in Contemporary Ukrainian Art, FLAT SPACE, Chisinau*
LIA Artists, LIA (Leipzig International Art Program), Spinnerei Cultural Center, Leipzig
Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, 1st Ural Industrial Biennale, Ekaterinburg (catalogue)
IF. Ukrainian Art in Transition, PERMM Museum, Perm (catalogue)
Over the Counter, Kunsthalle Budapest* (catalogue, 2011)
From Town to Town, Music Theater, Kyiv
Great Surprise, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv* (catalogue)
Eurorenovation in Europe, Kunstraum Munich*
Motherland Shop, special project of Supermarket Artist-run Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm*
Let’s talk about nationalism. Between ideology and identity, KUMU Museum, Tallinn / LABOR projectspace, Budapest* (catalogue)
Revolutionary Moments, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv (catalogue, Polish Institute in Kyiv, 2010)
Future was Yesterday, HDLU Gallery in Mestrovic pavilion and SC Gallery, Zagreb*
Exhibition of the Shortlisted PinchukArtCentre Prize Nominees, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (catalogue)
Another City, Another Life - of the Archives, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius*
Communism Never Happened, Feinkost Gallery, Berlin*
New Old Cold War, Red October factory, special project of 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscow*
(Re)socialization of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Odessa*
European Constitution. What creates Europe?, 2nd Biennale in Katowice*
Pohliady/Views, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
Mars Field – Collaboration, M’ARS Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
No More Reality. Crowd and Performance, DEPO Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul*
Land of Human Rights, <ROTOR> Center for Contemporary Art, Graz* (catalogue)
Fresh Blood, Volker Deihl + Gallery One, Moscow (catalogue)
Patriotism. Art as a Present, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv* (catalogue)
Salon of Revolution, HDLU Gallery in Mestrovic pavilion, Zagreb* (catalogue, 2009)
Alphabetical Order: John Baldessari, R.E.P., Ahmet Ögüt, Index Foundation, Stockholm*
Schengen, Feinkost Gallery, Berlin*
Another City, Another Life, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw*
No More Reality, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam*
10 Gyumri biennale, Gyumri*
New Ukrainian Painting, Marat Guelman Gallery together with White Box Gallery, New York
Transit, Ya Gallery Art Center, Kyiv*
Common Space, project in public space supported by Eidos Foundation, Kyiv* (catalogue)
Cheсkpoint, F.A.I.T. Gallery, Krakow*
Satellite Tunes, National Univestity of Fine Art, Budapest*
The Art World, Feinkost Gallery, Berlin*
Return of Memory, KUMU Museum, Tallinn*
Progressive Nostalgia, Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato* (catalogue and book Progressive nostalgia. Art from Post-Soviet Countries, Viktor Misiano, WAM, Moscow, 2008)
Petroliana, 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art*
Prague Biennale 2007, Prague*
Generations UsA, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (catalogue)
Communities Project, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv; Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok* (catalogue, 2008)
Team Colors, F.A.I.T. Gallery, Krakow* (catalogue)
Testing Station, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm*
Postorange, Kunsthalle, Project Space Karlsplatz, Vienna* (catalogue)
Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York*
Intervention, Centre for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowski Castle,” Warsaw*
Intervention, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv*
Control, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
Ukrainian Hermitage, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
The Disappointed, Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
R.E.P., Center for Contemporary Art at NaUKMA, Kyiv*

Selected solo exhibitions:

Gazelka. Art and the Struggle of Ideologies, Transit Gallery, Mechelen
Poland Magazine, Ya Gallery Art Center, Kyiv
The Hesitant Museum, Detenpyla Gallery, Lviv
Limits of Responsibility, Waterside Contemporary, London
Limits of Responsibility, Campagne Première, Berlin
Observations on Archives, together with Mykola Kryvenko, 22nd Artistic Alliance. Category: [Time]. Session
№4, Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, Kyiv
Everybody Wants to Live by the Sea, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan
Engeneering Hope, Art Brussels 2014 SOLO program, Transit Gallery, Brussels
Before the Execution, together with Mykola Grokh and Yevgenia Belorusets, Karas Gallery, Kyiv
Erasing and Overposting, Transit Gallery, Mechelen
Kyjev Hotel, Bratislava Cinema, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava
PROJECT, together with Lada Nakonechna, Kyiv Pop-up Galleries, Kyiv
Corrections, Centre for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowski Castle,” Warsaw
The Speech of the Silent, SOSka Gallery, Kharkiv
Cut Paper, together with Anatoliy Belov, Ya Gallery Art Center, Kyiv
Figures on White, Karas Gallery, Kyiv
Off-season, Mala Gallery of Mystetskyi Arsenal
Procedure Room/Fixing, NORMA Gallery, Odessa
On the Surface, Collection Gallery, Kyiv
Bright Perspectives/War in the Sky, together with Lesia Khomenko, Karas Gallery, Kyiv
Procedure Room, Institutska Gallery, Kyiv
Scene of Action, together with Oleksandr Burlaka, Vladislav Goldakovsky and Ivan Melnychuk, Collection Gallery, Kyiv


Special Prize, Future Generation Art Prize, 2014
Main Prize, PinchukArtCentre Prize, 2011


2014 – Viafarini DOCVA, Milan; KulturKontakt, Vienna
2013 – FLACC, Genk
2010 – LIA (Leipzig International Art Program), Spinnerei Cultural Center, Leipzig
2008 – LIA, Spinnerei Cultural Center, Leipzig
2005 – Center for Contemporary Art at National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” Kyiv

Selected publications:

A Perfect Match, PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 2015
R.E.P., The Green Box, Berlin, 2015*
Shifting Landscapes: Ukrainian Artists between Revolution and War, ed. Nataliya Tchermalykh, Galerie
Pangee, Montreal and Rodovid, Kyiv, 2015
PRŌTOCOLLUM, artists' journal, Dickersbach Kunstverlag, Berlin, 2014/15*
Circling the Square: Maidan & Cultural Insurgency in Ukraine, Cicada Press, New York, 2014
History of the Image. Art of the 2000s, Viktoria Burlaka, Kyiv, 2011
Agoraphilia. Art and democracy in post-Communist Europe, Piotr Piotrowski, Poznan / London, 2010*
Younger then Jesus. Artist Directory, New Museum, New York, 2009*
24 hours UA, Centre for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowski Castle,” Warsaw, 2007*

Works in collections:

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
mumok (Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig), Vienna
Military History Museum, Dresden
Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk
Arsenal Gallery, Białystok*
FRAC Bretagne*
Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato*


A series of drawings and collages reflecting on paradoxes of “politics of decommunisation” in today’s Ukraine. Developing the project “Take the place, you will not be punished” first shown at “BALAGAN!!!” exhibition in Kühlhaus Berlin, with the utopian proposal of alternative use of pedestals, emptied during destruction of Soviet monuments. Object of my interest is "politics of memory" in post-Maidan Ukraine and processes of re-ideologisation of institutional historical narrative.

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