2019 honored one of the greats of Ukrainian contemporary art, Boris Mikhailov. At the age of 81, he returned to Kyiv with a homecoming exhibition offering a wide overview of his oeuvre, from photography to conceptual art and performativity. Under the title The Forbidden Image, his work was presented in its historical context and that of the Kharkiv school of photography, enabling an understanding of both place and time, starting from Soviet times but going far beyond.
This exhibition grew from the work of the Research Platform on Ukrainian contemporary art – founded at the PinchukArtCentre in 2015 – and curated in collaboration with Alicia Knock (Curator at Centre Pompidou) and Martin Kiefer (in charge of Contemporary Art at the Musée du Louvre).

2019 also marked the 10th anniversary of the Future Generation Art Prize. Since the start, the prize empowered 105 artists and collectives from all over the world. With its 5th edition, an exhibition of all 21 shortlisted artists took place first in Kyiv and later as a collateral event at the Venice Biennale. It offered a fresh perspective on "a future generation of artists", challenging our world views, whilst proposing new models for tomorrow.
Our continued commitment to educate and give free access to art resulted in nearly 290.000 visitors in 2019 and over 22.000 who engaged in a dynamic public and educational program. A new group of curators graduated PinchukArtCentre's curatorial platform and presented the exhibition Ain't nobody's business.
The 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize:

20 artists were selected out of 5810 applications from 158 countries. 1 Ukrainian artist, Anna Zvyagintseva, was as winner of the PinchukArtCentre Prize automatically shortlisted. The shortlist was exhibited in Kyiv and in Venice as an official collateral event of the Venice Biennale.

The winner received 100.000 USD:

  • Emilija Škarnulytė (Lithuania).

The special prize winner received a production support of 20.000 USD:

  • Gabrielle Goliath (South Africa),
  • Cooking Sections (UK).

The prizes were awarded in Kyiv by the international jury:

  • Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation (New York);
  • Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director, PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv);
  • Helen Molesworth, writer;
  • Gabi Ngcobo, curator, 10th Berlin Biennale;
  • Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts (London);
  • Christine Macel, Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou (Paris) and curator, Venice Biennale 2017;
  • Hoor Al Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation and International Biennial Association.
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