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«Nonconformists: museum format»
24 January — 14 April
Nonconformists: museum format
The Odesa Fine Arts museum, in collaboration with the gallery of contemporary art NT-art, presents a project that brings together the works by Odesa's artists of the nonconformist movement. Valery Basanets, Vladimir Strelnikov, Eugene Rakhmanin, Viktor Marynyuk, Oleg Voloshinov, Alexander Stovbur, Sergei Savchenko, Vladimir Tsyu Garden, Igor Bozhko.
Usually, nonconformists of the 1960s and 1970s are called the "second Odesa avant-garde" comparing with the avant-garde art movements of the 1910s and 1920s. The unbridled desire to find new forms of creative expression, freedom, and individualism – all of this gives a reason to make parallels between nonconformists and "independents."

Одеський художній музей обрав шлях створення музею нового формату на основі збереження традицій. Саме тому, в оновлених залах представлені художники з новим мисленням: в експозиції зали, відомої як Серєбряковська, акцент зроблено на модернізмі початку ХХ століття, зокрема, на роботах Василя Кандинського та одеських «незалежних», а виставковий простір сьогодні належить одеським нонконформістам.

Real creativity can strengthen the energy of renewal and the spirit of freedom.

Tetiana Tokarchuk
The exhibition "Nonconformists: museum format" presents artists' artworks as a modern art project, rather than in the format of "cultural heritage".

The Odesa Fine Arts Museum chose the path of creating a museum of new format based on the preservation of tradition. In the newly renovated showrooms, there are exhibited artists with a new set of minds: in room 14, known as Serebrykovskiy, highlighted the modernism of the beginning of the 20th century, in particular, the works of Vasiliy Kandinsky and Odesa's "Independents." In the exhibition space – Odesa's nonconformists of the 60s-70s years of the 20th century, also called "The second Odesa avant-garde," compared with the avant-garde trends in the art of 1910-1920.

The unbridled desire to find new forms of artistic expression, freedom, and individualism – all of it is a reason to draw parallels between the artworks of artists from different periods. Real creativity can strengthen the energy of renewal and the spirit of freedom.

The Odesa Fine Arts museum, together with DYMCHUKARTPROMOTION and contemporary art gallery NT-art Gallery presents the project. It presents works of the nonconformist's artists, like Valery Basanets, Volodymyr Strelnikov, Yevhen Rakhmanin, Viktor Maryniuk, Oleg Voloshinov, Oleksandr Stovbur, Serhiy Savchenko, Volodymyr Tsyupko, Vasyl Sad, Ihor Bozhko. The project artists who have always enjoyed the more chamber expression format created a big scale painting - to master the 150x200 cm canvas and enlarge their abstract compositions.
The exhibition was displayed in "Mystetskiy Arsenal," as a part of the "Odesa School. Traditions and relevance" project in 2013, and was allocated in a separate hall. The initiative came from Igor Gusev(idea) and Anatoly Dymchuk, who implemented the idea and experimented with the scale and go beyond the usual small and medium format. Such intimacy was due to the complete lack of institutional support and forced transition of a group of artists to the underground. The only possible representation format was apartment exhibitions. Now, the works of the Ukrainian artists of the sixties, the brightest representatives of Odesa nonconformist, are attracting more interest, both from the professional community and the audience. Thus, the project can be considered an attempt to explore nonconformists' work, creating experimental expression conditions.

A separate section of the exhibition is dedicated to the memory of the project participant, artist Alexander Stovbur
(1943 - 2019).
The works presented at the exhibition are the property of Anatoliy Dymchuk.
(from the private collection of Anatoly Dymchuk)
At present, the Ukrainian sixties' work, the brightest representatives of the Odesa nonconformists, attracts more and more interest, both from the professional community and the audience.

Thus, the project can be considered an attempt to explore nonconformists' work, creating the conditions for a new experimental expression.

Kateryna Filyuk
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