KONSTANTIN AKINSHA IN CONVERSATION WITH KATHERINE YOUNGER
SAMSTAG, 30.09. 2023 / 14h00,
AKADEMIE DER BILDENDEN KÜNSTE WIEN, SITZUNGSSAAL
The cultural dimension of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is difficult to comprehend. The war Putin launched has resulted in thousands of civilian casualties, random destruction, and the looting of cultural property, igniting a culture clash of epic proportions. The bombardment of cities, war crimes in places like Bucha and Irpin, and the kidnapping of Ukrainian children have laid bare the bankruptcy of the Russian cultural model advocated by Putin’s ideologists. The war has prompted persistent calls for cultural decolonization, not only in Ukraine but in other former Soviet countries. In conversation with IWM Permanent Fellow KATHERINE YOUNGER, the curator, columnist, and art historian KONSTANTIN AKINSHA will delineate the historic revision of cultural maps that we are currently witnessing.
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Konstantin Akinsha is an independent art historian, curator and journalist. He received the George Polk Award for cultural reportingin 1991. In 2022 Akinsha initiated and co-curated the exhibition “In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine, 1900 – 1930s” (Museo Nacionale Thyssen Bornemysza, Madrid (2022- 23), Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2023), Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels (2023-2024), Galerie Belvedere, Vienna (2024), Royal Academy, London (2024). His articles are regularly published in WSJ, FAZ, NZZ, and Eurozine.