We invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Metaphysics. Island” at the NT-Art Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Odesa, which will take place on Friday, October 22, from 6 pm to 8 pm. We take into account the
quarantine restrictions, so during the opening, we will regulate the number of people in the room and conduct two curatorial tours – at 18:00 and at 19:00.
Metaphysics. The Island is an exhibition curated by Oksana Dovgopolova, Natalka Revko, and Kateryna Semenyuk on the rethinking of the Odesa myth. Once in a conversation on the streets of Odesa at night, Oleksandr Roitburd heard the phrase: It is difficult to see such a de Chirico`s the metaphysical face of Odesa. From the outside, its exotic, simulated image, described in the so-called Odesa myth with its obligatory “color”, tulle, and pseudo-Jewish jokes, is guaranteed to be visible. Odesa has learned well to show just such a picture, which sells well. But when you are suddenly blinded by the midday sun, you will see… an island on the border between the sea and the steppe. All this noisy nonsense does not disappear, but you also see the space of pure meanings, which introduces the exhibition Metaphysics. Island. Then a clean coastline appears, and on it is an island city. This is exactly the kind of Odesa we see in the works of Odesa artists of the 1960s and 1970s, who searched for this city out of time in a continuous polylogue with like-minded people. Today we ask ourselves: why do we suddenly see in these paintings the formulation of our own questions about the modern city of Odesa? It’s not about nostalgia, it’s about the here and now.
Artists: Valentyn Altanets, Valery Basanets, Igor Bozhko, Oleg Voloshinov, Yuriy Yegorov, Viktor Maryniuk, Yevhen Rakhmanin, Volodymyr Strelnikov, Valentyn Khrushch, Lyudmila Yastreb.
The exhibition presents works from the collection of Anatoliy Dymchuk, to whom the curators owe a partnership and the opportunity to work with the collection.
Organizers: Past / Future Art Memory Culture Platform (https://www.facebook.com/past.future.art)
NT-Art Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (https://www.facebook.com/GalleryNtArt)
Opening October 22, 2021, from 18:00 to 20:00 Art NT-Art Gallery, Lidersovsky Boulevard, 5 Odesa
You can visit the exhibition from October 23 to November 27, 2021. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 19:00.