Peter Doroshenko - PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009
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The PinchukArtCentre Prize, is a nationwide prize in contemporary art for young Ukrainian artists up to 35 years old, taking place every 2 years. Over 1100 artists, from all corners of Ukraine, applied via a bespoke internet web-site and the short-list of 20 artists was selected by an expert committee from the PinchukArtCentre that included: Eckhard Schneider, General Director; Peter Doroshenko, Artistic Director; and Oleksandr Soloviov, Curator. Principal and Special Prize winners - which includes cash awards and paid internships with seminal artists in Europe and America - will be named by an international jury: Francesco Bonami, Artistic Director, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Serhiy Bratkov, Artist, Moscow; Udo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Boris Michailov, Artist, Berlin; and Jessica Morgan, Curator, Tate Modern, London. A Visitor’s Prize will be selected by the voting public at the PinchukArtCentre. All Prize winners will be anounced at a special ceremony on 4 December 2009. Thus, the Prize is not only a new initiative with specificity as the first private Ukrainian prize, but it also aims to support and development a new generation of Ukrainian artists.

Peter Doroshenko, Artistic Director states that, "contemporary art in Ukraine is in its second decade, in such a short period of time, the artistic development has passed through a series of phases. It reached certain peaks and many artists established creative systems, but like all scenes, it is ready for further artistic growth. The conservative nature of the local established art world and the new ones being created is a harsh environment for emerging artists, along with a weak educational system for current issues within art. With the lack of contemporary institutions and infrastructure to highlight local talent, it has been out right difficult for the creative processes to function. Obviously, a single prize cannot resolve such problems overnight. Yet, as an innovation project, it can excel the process, motivate a young generation and become an effective resource - improving and modernizing a generating new art."

This is not just a finalists’ exhibition because their art works are presented in the general context of contemporary Ukrainian art from the collection of PinchukArtCentre. Art works selected from the materials of short-listing of the artists, have been paired with new works created for exhibition. The process and exhibition will represent the freshest wave of young Ukrainian art. Each artist has individual space in the exhibition to highlight their works, along with a chance to position them selves as a part of the whole concept of the exhibition. The aim of the exhibition is to reveal the uniqueness of each artist while creating a unified presentation at the same time.