M17 Contemporary Art Center presents
the international collaboration project
of contemporary non-objective art
July 4 – September 15, 2019
The Big Circle is an international multi-exhibition project, featuring independent art associations and non-objective art projects from all over the world
Through the centuries painters used to depict primarily representative images - portraits, epic scenes of the most momentous events, landscapes. But from the beginning of the 20th century following the technical advances, ideas were beginning to change. And the painter's vision and meanings he gives to his works became more important than photographic fixation of the reality. Thus, we got an idea of non-objectivism, and avant-gardists went beyond the traditional media and formed the new kinds of creativity that are equally relevant today.
"The non-objective art is the truth in today's post-truth world; it's an art that says nothing, and therefore the audience is forced to benefit from feelings, associative series and her own experience".
Tiberiy Szilvashi, Ukrainian artist,
member of the KNO art association
At the turn of the 20th and 21st century, the movement of independent art projects and groups in the field of non-objective art emerged. The origin of it was put by the Painting Reserve association in Kyiv created in the early 1990s, the CCNOA in Brussels and the PS project in Amsterdam created in the late 1990s. The "second wave" of art associations appeared at the turn of the first and second decades of the 2000s: the SNO in Sydney, the IS projects in Leiden, the Saturation Point in London, the ParisCONCRET in Paris; in 2013, the Biennale of non-objective art was founded in Le Pont-de-Claix, France, in 2017, the e9a project space in Freiburg, the West Projects in Sydney, and the KNO | Kyiv Non Objective art organization in Kyiv were founded.
The Big Circle project brings together these artistic initiatives and gives us the opportunity to see contemporary non-objective art firsthand, to see how the ideas of 20th-century avant-garde artists evolved in the works of contemporary artists from around the world.
During the summer, contemporary artists will present such projects as KNO | Kyiv Non Objective, Kyiv, Ukraine; REFLEX Wall, Toowoomba, Australia; CCNOA, Brussels, Belgium; WEST Projects, Sydney, Australia; DAC, Dolceacqua, Italy; BANO / Pont-de-Claix (Biennale Internationale d'Art Non Objectif) Pont-de-Claix, France; e9a, Freiburg, Germany; Saturation Point, London, UK; t e k s a s, Græsted, Denmark; divisible, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
The Big Circle project was prepared by the KNO | Kyiv Non Objective art association
Supported by the Adamovskiy Foundation
M17 Contemporary Art Center
102-104, Antonovycha St., Kyiv