January 24, 2018

Olga Chernysheva in conversation with Kathrin Rhomberg

Exhibition talk

An event of the Friends of the Secession (in English)

Olga Chernysheva’s work revolves around the human being buffeted by the wrenching political and economic transformations of his world.
Chernysheva’s drawings, watercolors, videos, photographs, and paintings take inspiration from the traditions of nineteenth-century social realism and the Russian avant-garde. They pinpoint instants of precarious life in increasingly disunited societies; capturing the isolated particular, they reveal universal truths. Her exhibition “Chandeliers in the Forest” at the Secession similarly examines the ways in which art and reality are mutually interdependent and draws the viewer’s attention to the minor gestures and transitory moments of our lives. Chernysheva’s work has been presented at numerous biennials including the 49th and 56th Venice Biennales, the Moscow Biennale, the 6th Berlin Biennale, and the Biennale of Sydney, and in major international exhibitions, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the White Space Gallery, London, and Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen.

Kathrin Rhomberg is an independent curator. She headed the Secession’s exhibitions division and was director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne. Since 2014, she has been chairwoman and artistic director of the Kontakt Collection. She curated the Czech and Slovak pavilion (Roman Ondák) at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, the 6th Berlin Biennale in 2010, and the pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo (Petrit Halilaj) at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, and was co-curator of Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, in 2000, Projekt Migration, Cologne, in 2002–2006, Former West—Documents, Constellations, Prospects at HKW, Berlin, in 2012, Das Bauhaus in Kalkutta at Bauhaus Dessau, in 2013, and the Július Koller retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, in 2015, and the mumok, Vienna, in 2016.