04.04.2024

Lucy Ivanova, Dnipro School of Painting

Lucy Ivanova, Dnipro School of Painting

Lucy Ivanova and the Dnipro School of Painting at the Kahan Art Space Budapest until 4 May. After the premiere in Vienna last year, the show now travels to the second space of the Eva Kahan Foundation. For the new venue, we rethought the exhibition but stayed committed to an ironic and quasi-academic representation of Lucy's oeuvre of the past 15 years.

The artist was born in Dnipro, a big industrial city in the east of Ukraine, known for the specific painterly manner taught in the local art college. The so-called Dnipro school of painting, a point of departure for many artistic careers in Ukraine, always stood out for its loose shapes, silverish colour palette and crispy brush strokes. Or maybe it is just another myth, similar to the one cherished in the country’s conservative alma maters, proclaiming painting to be “the heart and soul” of Ukrainian art forever and ever.

It is not that Lucy Ivanova’s practice ruins this myth. She rather complements it with more diverse shades. Her practice can be summed up as a long-lasting negotiation with the painting medium—a dialogue left perpetually open-ended.

On view: 04.04—04.05.2024

Nagy Diófa u. 34

Budapest, 1072