October 15, 2022

"Nova Generatsiia: before and after"

1 — 5 pm

The symposium focuses on the artists around the magazine Nova Generatsiia (New Generation), which represents the Ukrainian avant-garde of the 1920s and 30s and thus the generation of the so-called "Executed Renaissance" (also: "Red Renaissance"). The journal, which appeared from 1927 to 1930, joined the modernist movement, which was current at the time, and practiced an international exchange with artists, writers, and architects. Its members traveled frequently to Europe, especially Germany, at the behest of the Communist Party. The cultural workers were convinced of the communist idea. Despite their positive attitude towards Moscow as the capital of the revolution, many of them were sentenced to death. How did it come about?

Since a deeper, critical examination of this complex topic was not possible during the Soviet era, there are still numerous gaps internationally in relation to the reappraisal of this part of European cultural history. It was in the last few years that Nova Generatsiia and other Avantgarde movements have increasingly become the focus of both Ukrainian and international research institutions. Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, this research and the accompanying work on a self-determined, de-colonial historiography from Ukraine's self-sufficient perspective has been taking place under changed conditions, namely in opposition to Russia's destruction of Ukraine’s cultural heritage.

Contributors: Borys Filonenko, Kateryna Iakovlenko, Yaryna Tsymbal
Moderated and curated by Katia Ulianova

1 pm

1.30 pm
Yaryna Tsymbal, "Nova Generatsiia: Ukrainian futurism in the European context"

3 pm
Borys Filonenko, "Walking around Slovo Building of Kharkiv with today's perspective"

4 pm
Kateryna Iakovlenko, "New Generation after Nova Generatsiia magazine: rethinking the future"
7 pm
Metropol Kino
Brunnenstraße 20, 40223 Düsseldorf

Film Screening:
Slovo House (Ukraine, 2017)
by Taras Tomenko

What is the history of the famous Slovo House in Kharkiv? Taras Tomenko follows this question in his fascinating documentary film, which is based on various documentary materials, photographs, and historical film footage. For his research the film team was allowed to use archives from University’s and other institutions, such as the one of the Security Service of Ukraine. “Slovo House” tells the story of a building project, realized by writers, poets together with architects in the 1920s, providing living space to 60 artists, which later in time become known as the "Executed Renaissance".

Photos: Annika Bethan