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Romana Schmalisch. Guided tour - performance “Palace of Culture”

With Anna Pohribna
25.09.2012, Kyiv, Ukraine

Square behind the Kyiv Municipal Theater of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth, intersection of Mezhyhirska and Spaska streets

The constructivist building where advertising banners hang next to playbills caught the attention of Romana Schmalisch during her first visit to Kyiv in 2009. The artist studies Soviet worker clubs, and so the Musical Theater (formerly the Kharchovyk Club) became an object of analysis of the relationship between art and production, architecture and ideology. It was supposed to be the venue of the presentation of the research, but the public space of the theater today is more open to trade fairs than culture. Because the Main Culture Department of the Kyiv City State Administration wouldn’t allow the presentation to be held in the Musical Theater, a walk and performance was held outside it.

Romana Schmalisch (Germany). Studied fine art at the Berlin University of the Arts. Recent projects include: Gyumri Biennale, Armenia (2012), Kino Arsenal/Freunde der deutschen Kinemathek, Berlin (2012), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Spanish Cinematheque, Centre Pompidou, Berlin, Madrid and Paris (2011/2012), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow (2011), Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle — Warsaw (2009).


Pictures © Kostiantyn Strilets