81 artists from 35 countries presenting the diverse artistic face of Europe:
Diversity United presents established and emerging artists exploring pro-European dialogues. The exhibition – with venues in Moscow, Berlin and Paris – considers subjects including freedom, dignity, respect, conflicts and dialogue, landscapes and power and political and personal identity.
11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021
The Foundation for Art and Culture, Bonn and the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow are delighted to announce the travelling group show Diversity United. Contemporary European Art. Moscow. Berlin. Paris. The first venue – the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021) – is followed by venues in Berlin and Paris (2021), presenting a survey of work from across the continent.
The exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of Europe’s cultural output and highlights the importance of a united Europe during times of political uncertainty. The exhibition looks at contemporary European art after the fall of the Iron Curtain, underlining the importance of intercultural dialogue today.
It raises questions about freedom, dignity, democracy and respect whilst highlighting the continent’s artistic production in the context of historically relevant and current themes, such as political and personal identity, migration, (mental) landscape, gender and equality, nationality, territory and geopolitics and social conflicts.
Diversity United is made up of approximately 200 works by 81 key European artists active today and spanning generations, genders and European regions. These include Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Monica Bonvicini, Olafur Eliasson, Aslan Gaisumov, Mona Hatoum, Ilya Kabakov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Alicja Kwade, Roman Ondak, Wolfgang Tillmans, Erwin Wurm, Nil Yalter and Slavs and Tatars (full artist list available below).
The chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture, Walter Smerling, and the general director of the Tretyakov Gallery, Zelfira Tregulova, head up the curatorial committee consisting of internationally curators, including Simon Baker (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris), Faina Balakhovskaya (Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow), Kay Heymer (Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf), Pontus Kyander (writer and curator, Helsinki), Camille Morineau (AWARE, curator, Paris), Johanna Neuschäffer & Anne Schwanz (Office Impart, Berlin), Hilke Wagner (Albertinum, Dresden), Peter Weibel (ZKM Karlsruhe).
“Europe consists of many amazing landscapes, not just geographically, but socially, politically and culturally. Artists are able to unite and form those worlds”, Walter Smerling, the chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture, says.
“This multitude of artistic voices from all over Europe create an insightful image of our cultural sphere. As the exhibition is limited to 81 artists it does not claim to proportionally represent the entirety of Europe, it is instead conceived ‘essayistically’ as a portrayal of this sphere. This view of the ‘artistic face of Europe’ champions freedom, respect, dignity and tolerance, for the preservation of diversity – the right to be individual. However, the artists also demonstrate how fragile these values are and how much we must support them. With Diversity United we will create a social dialogue, to prove that communication is essential in the search for peace and understanding.”
“What can contemporary art do today, when the world looks so complex, so conflicting and divided? What is the artistic identity of Europe and what does national identity mean today?” asks Zelfira Tregulova, general director of the Tretyakov Gallery.
“The central question is should art develop its own way of talking about the questions which are most important nowadays? Diversity United raises these important issues, to present a broad panorama of different artistic approaches, a chorus of voices which encourages visitors to think, to analyze, to discuss, to feel compassion or experience deep emotions – thus rendering human in a world which sometimes appears hostile to humanistic values.”
|Eija-Liisa Ahtila||Sanja Ivekovi?||Anders Petersen|
|Andreas Angelidakis||Isaac Julien||Agnieszka Polska|
|Yael Bartana||Ilya and Emilia Kabakov||Tal R|
|Rugil? Barzdžiukait?, Vaiva Grainyt?,|
|Zhanna Kadyrova||Paula Rego|
|Georg Baselitz||Patricia Kaersenhout||Gerhard Richter|
|Blue Soup||Šejla Kameri?||Ugo Rondinone|
|Christian Boltanski||Erik Kessels & Thomas Mailaender||Zbigniew Rybczy?ski|
|Monica Bonvicini||Anselm Kiefer||Adam Saks|
|Pavel Br?ila||Peter Kogler||Anri Sala|
|Maurizio Cattelan||Alicja Kwade||Fernando Sánchez Castillo|
|Olga Chernysheva||Kris Lemsalu||Tristan Schulze|
|Tacita Dean||Cristina Lucas||Katharina Sieverding|
|Rineke Dijkstra||Goshka Macuga||Slavs and Tatars|
|Aleksandra Domanovi?||Kris Martin||Nedko Solakov|
|Constant Dullaart||Dóra Maurer||Jan Svenungsson|
|Olafur Eliasson||Annette Messager||Wolfgang Tillmans|
|Kristaps Epners||Marzia Migliora||Rosemarie Trockel|
|Valérie Favre||Boris Mikhailov||Tatiana Trouvé|
|Aslan Gaisumov||Richard Mosse||Luc Tuymans|
|Adrian Ghenie||Henrike Naumann||Martina Vacheva|
|Gilbert & George||Mariele Neudecker||Ulla von Brandenburg|
|Antony Gormley||Katja Novitskova||Marko Vuokola|
|Manuel Graf||Ahmet Ö?üt||Rachel Whiteread|
|Ane Graff||Roman Ondak||Per Wizén|
|Petrit Halilaj||Lucy Orta||Erwin Wurm|
|Mona Hatoum||Dan Perjovschi||Nil Yalter|
|Sheila Hicks||Grayson Perry||Yan Pei-Ming|
Participating artists live and work in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and Ukraine.