Collector vs. Artist. Debates І: Zenko Aftanaziv — Viktor Sydorenko // An Open Opportunity [the video is available]10.06.2021 - 10.06.2021
The M17 CAC will host the first meeting of the “Collector vs. Artist: Disagreements and Common Ground” series of open debates on June 10, 2021.
Сollector Zenko Aftanaziv vs. artist Viktor Sydorenko
The event is a part of An Open Opportunity project
Languages of the event: Ukrainian and Russian
What is the nature of the collector-artist relationship? What method do they use to find each other? Is their direct communication possible and is such communication really an a priori condition for dumping the art market? Is it true that collectors’ demand for specific works of art devalues the creative language? Is the collaboration of collectors and artists beneficial to the advancement of culture? And other issues.
- Zenko Aftanaziv is a collector, co-founder of the Ukrainian Club of Contemporary Art Collectors, and founder of the Zenko Foundation.
- Viktor Sydorenko is an artist, art professor, curator, current member and vice-president of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, director and founder of the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.
Moderator: Natalia Shpytkovska, Director of the M17 CAC, art consultant, a researcher at the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, head of the project An Open Opportunity.
UPD: Video of the first meeting of the format “collector vs artist” is available on our YouTube channel!
“Almost all European state contemporary art museums are founded on private collections. Collectors must be supported by the government. By assisting collectors, it is also assisting artists and the art world as a whole. Collecting is one of the creative businesses that should be highlighted. Let’s consider the United States. There was practically no classical art at the turn of the century. The majority of masterpieces are now located in the United States. They are preserved in a number of world-class institutions, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA… What caused that to happen? Because the policy encourages purchase: a person who imports an excellent work of art into the nation obtains significant tax benefits,” Viktor Sydorenko explained during the interview.
“Collecting and philanthropic activities are an inherent desire for me to get out of my comfort zone. The Ambassador of Spain to Ukraine was present at one of our Zenko Foundation initiatives. He stated in his speech: “What you’re doing is integrating Ukrainian art into the European framework, which Russia fears more than Ukrainian tanks. That is a truth since Russia has more tanks. Understanding how Ukraine complements current European material, on the other hand, “as far as she is able to offer something new to Europe, this might cause significant concern,” Zenko Aftanaziv revealed.
An Open Opportunity: Ukrainian Contemporary Art from Private Collections project was supported by the Ukrainian Club of Contemporary Art Collectors within the research area of the M17 PROcollection