This catalogue is published in conjunction with the First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art held from May to July 2012. With essays, artists' plates, biographies, descriptive texts, and index of exhibited works.

'THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES – REBIRTH AND APOCALYPSE IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Echoing the first words of A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Charles Dickens’ famous novel set at the time of the French Revolution, this exhibition jumps forward to the present to consider how contemporary art and aesthetics use the past to express the future. The ideals of Human Rights developed during 18th Century European Enlightenment found their first political expression in the American and French Revolutions. Combining ideology with action, these initiated a continuing wave of national uprisings that still continue to form the world. Yet in spite of good intentions Human Rights have been constricted and each revolution has contained at its core the worst as well as the best of human thought and action. This exhibition reflects on utopian dreams of freedom, equality, and security that are very much at the heart of our lives today, as well as on their opposite: terror, inequity and war. It is the destructive forces of both man and nature that seem to make a more ideal life impossible.' - David Elliott, ARSENALE 2012 Artistic Director (extracted from the organiser's website)

Please note only Asian artists are listed below.
Alternative title

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art

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Onsite

Location code EX.UKR.KIB.2012
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2012

No of pages

432

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1

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

- David ELLIOTT

War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength

- Bruce W. FERGUSON

This Is Tomorrow

- Bojana PEJIC

Turbo Sculpture, 2012 (A Script for a Film Edited by Pablo Larios)

- Aleksandra DOMANOVIC

The Development of Contemporary Art in Ukraine

- Alisa LOZHKINA, Oleksandr SOLOVIOV

The First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art: Arsenale 2012
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The First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art: Arsenale 2012