Foretypes

Exhibition of Anatoly Kryvolap at the M17 Contemporary Art Center
Curator: Valeriy Sakharuk

Current project

    102-104, Antonovycha St., Kyiv, 03150, Ukraine

11 April - 9 June 2024

Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm

About the Exhibition

On 11 April 2024, the exhibition “Foretypes” by renowned Ukrainian artist Anatoly Kryvolap was opened at the M17 Contemporary Art Center (Kyiv city, Ukraine).
Abstract works that characterise the artist’s oeuvre from the 1990s to the 2000s, as well as icons created over the past year are on display. The exhibition was curated by Valeriy Sakharuk.

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    "At the age of 22, I knew I would be an abstractionist. I came across some abstraction, and I got a chill, a shiver... I was even scared, because it was 1969, or even earlier, before I entered the institute.Abstraction is a rather complicated thing. You need to know academicism so well in order to be able to use everything that the academic system brings – the theme, the mood, the plasticity – in abstraction."Anatoly Kryvolap, Ukrainian Artist
    "I believe that it is worth coming to this exhibition every week to soak in the life-giving colours of spring itself. "Foretypes" revitalise. This is exactly the kind of art that gives us joy of life."Natalia Shpytkovska, Director of M17 Contemporary Art Center
    "After "Zhyvopysnyi Zapovidnyk", Kryvolap immerses himself in radical experiments. The abstract compositions he was working on at the time were becoming more and more like free practice, oscillating between the orderliness of horizontal stripes and the arbitrariness of colour splashes. All attempts to find any realistic reminiscences are in vain: the viewer is confronted with a new reality that will be associated with the artist's name from now on."Valeriy Sakharuk, Curator of the "Foretypes" exhibition, Art Historian
    As part of the exhibition, on 16 April 2024, an Artist talk with Anatoly Kryvolap and a grand presentation of the catalogue prepared by the curator Valeriy Sakharuk will take place. The event will be attended by artist Anatoly Kryvolap, exhibition curator and author of the catalogue Valeriy Sakharuk, and Natalia Shpytkovska, director of the M17 CAC. The exhibition project will also include curatorial tours, which will be announced separately on the media resources of the M17 Contemporary Art Center.

Exhibition Concept

Theologians refer to the foretype as the first image of God. Despite the impossibility of describing the ineffable or depicting the invisible, the icon seeks to reveal it by avoiding direct or aerial perspective, chiaroscuro, and volume. For many, and even for the artist himself, turning to iconography was unexpected, unpredictable, and unforeseen.

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    Before he found his own unique visual imagery, Anatoly Kryvolap went through a challenging path of testing the form. It was only in 1986, 10 years after graduating from the Kyiv State Art Institute, that he realised he had found his style. In the same year, the first abstract images born of the artist’s imagination appeared from under Kryvolap’s brush.
    The first half of the 1990s was defined by the ‘Zhyvopysnyi Zapovidnyk’ art group, and afterwards, the artist plunged into radical experiments. In 2007, Anatoly Kryvolap turned to the visual foretype – light, which contains all the basic colours, creating the programme composition “Structures”.
    During 2014-2024, the artist worked on the murals of the Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, located in the village of Lypivka, Kyiv region: the temple is permeated with colour, which subordinates everything around. It is here that the metaphysics of colour merge with the metaphysics of the spirit, which the artist has been pursuing throughout his life.
    The exhibition “Foretypes” at M17 CAC is the first to combine the artist’s abstract works with icons.

Artworks by Anatoly Kryvolap

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Pictorial counterpoints

2000, wood, oil, 58 x 78 cm

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Twilight chord

1997, canvas, oil, 100 x 125 cm

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Horizontal composition 1

1996, canvas, oil, 80 x 100 cm

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Horizontal composition 2

1996, canvas, oil,
82 x 99 cm

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Composition 2

1996, canvas, oil, 80 x 100 cm

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Composition

1997, canvas, oil, 70 x 80 cm

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Composition

1997, canvas, oil,
70 x 80 cm

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Untitled

2004, canvas, oil, 130 x 145 cm

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Untitled

1986, canvas, oil, 100 x 105 cm

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Structure

2004, canvas, oil, 59 x 59 cm

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Untitled

Early 2000s, canvas, oil, 120 x 110 cm

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Untitled

Early 2000s, canvas, oil,
120 x 105 cm

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Untitled

1997, canvas, oil, 107 x 200 cm

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Untitled

1998, canvas, oil,107 x 200 cm

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Diptych

1995, canvas, oil, 138 x 100 cm

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Untitled

1996, canvas, oil, 66 x 56 cm

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From the "Structure" quadriptych

2007, canvas, oil, 200 x 180 cm

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From the "Structure" quadriptych

2007, canvas, oil,
200 x 180 cm

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From the "Structure" quadriptych

2007, canvas, oil,
200 x 180 cm

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From the "Structure" quadriptych

2007, canvas, oil,
200 x 180 cm

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Untitled

Canvas, oil,25 х 35 cm

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Anxious Evening (From the series “24 March 2022”)

2022, сanvas, oil, 35 х 50 cm

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Untitled

Canvas, oil, 30 х 40 cm

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Moonlit night

2020, сanvas, oil, 10 х 20 cm

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Evening sunset

2022, сanvas, oil, 30 х 40 cm

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Evening ray (From the series “Carpathians”)

2019, сanvas, oil, 20 х 30 cm

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Untitled

1987, canvas, oil, 125 x 100 cm

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Composition

1994, canvas, oil, 70 x 100 cm

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Untitled

1997, canvas, oil, 80 x 100 cm

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Module variant

1997, canvas, oil, 120 x 100 cm

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Untitled

1997, canvas, oil, 112 x 150 cm

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Untitled

2000, canvas, oil, 111 x 170 cm

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Untitled

2000, canvas, oil, 139 x 199 cm

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Untitled

2000, canvas, oil, 125 x 150 cm

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Untitled

1997, canvas, oil, 140 x 160 cm

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Composition

1997, canvas, oil, 101 x 125 cm

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Untitled

Late 1990s, canvas, oil, 68 x 108 cm

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Untitled

Late 1990s, canvas, oil, 81 х 81 cm

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Untitled

2000, canvas, oil, 120 x 100 cm

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Module composition

2002, canvas, oil, 108 x 107 cm

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Composition

2003, canvas, oil, 95 x 115 cm

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Composition

2001, canvas, oil, 60 x 60 cm

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Untitled

Early 2000s, canvas, oil, 135 x 150 cm

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Untitled

Late 1990s, canvas, oil, 101 x 121 cm

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Untitled

1999, canvas, oil, 170 x 198 cm

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Untitled

1999, canvas, oil, 194 x 200 cm

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Composition

2000, canvas, oil, 180 x 200 cm

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Untitled

2002, canvas, oil, 200 x 180 cm

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Untitled

2002, canvas, oil, 200 x 180 cm

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Structure

2005, canvas, oil, 99 x 97 cm

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Structure

2005, canvas, oil, 100 x 80 cm

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Structure

2005, canvas, oil, 100 x 80 cm

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Angel

2023, author's technique,190 x 141 cm

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Angel

2023, author's technique,195 x 135 cm

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Angel

2023, author's technique,148 x 116 cm

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Angel

2023, author's technique,158 x 118 cm

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Apostle Peter

2023, author's technique,136 x 127 cm

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Angels

2023, author's technique,150 x 142 cm

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Angels

2023, author's technique,141 x 201 cm

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Angel

2023, author's technique,180 x 81 cm

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Press

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(In Ukrainian) UKRINFORM: Artist Anatoly Kryvolap: "I see life through painting, not painting through life"

The exhibition is titled "Foretypes", it does not have a clear chronology, but it emerges - from the artist's completely abstract paintings of the 1990s and early 2000s to iconographic works created during the last year.

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(In Ukrainian) Radio Culture: "My main goal is colour" - artist Anatoly Kryvolap

Since 11 April, the M17 Contemporary Art Centre hosts an exhibition of Ukrainian artist Anatoly Kryvolap entitled "Foretypes". It combines the starting points of his work.

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(In Ukrainian) UKRINFORM: "Foretypes" exhibition opens in Kyiv at the M17 Contemporary Art Center

In Kyiv, the M17 Contemporary Art Center opened an exhibition "Foretypes" by one of the most expensive Ukrainian artists, the famous artist Anatoliy Kryvolap.

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(In Ukrainian) Antiquarian: "Foretypes": an exhibition by Anatoly Kryvolap

On 11 April, at 18:00, an exhibition of works by Anatoly Kryvolap will open at the M17 Contemporary Art Centre. 

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(In Ukrainian) Harpers Bazaar: Anatoly Kryvolap's solo exhibition "Foretypes" to be shown in Kyiv

Works by the most expensive Ukrainian artist.

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(In Ukrainian) Kyiv Digital: Exhibition "Foretypes"

On 11 April 2024, the exhibition “Foretypes” by renowned Ukrainian artist Anatoly Kryvolap will be opened at the M17 Contemporary Art Center (Kyiv city, Ukraine).

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About the Artist

Anatoly Krivolap was born in 1946 in Yahotyn city. He obtained his education at the Kyiv Art Institute, where he studied in the studio of Victor Puzyrkov.
After graduating from the institute, for 15 years he lived a non-public lifestyle, pursuing his artistic ambitions, and refusing to follow the unified Soviet style of socialist realism. The artist’s creative breakthrough occurred in the mid-1980s with the “discovery” of the Fauvists. Since the late 1980s, the name of Anatoly Kryvolap has been emerging more often in the art space, critics wrote about him, noting his scenic painterly temperament.
In 1992, together with Tiberiy Szilvashi, Oleksandr Zhyvotkov, Marko Heiko, and Mykola Kryvenko, he founded the art group ‘Zhyvopysnyi Zapovidnyk’, which influenced contemporary Ukrainian fine art for decades.
In 2011, Kryvolap was recognised as the “Person of the Year” in Ukraine. In the same year, the artist’s works twice set world records for sales of contemporary Ukrainian art on the international art market. In 2012, the artist received the Taras Shevchenko National Prize. From 2021 – academician of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.

Organizer and the main partner

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M17 Contemporary Art Center

M17 Contemporary Art Center is a cultural institution that functions as an educational and research platform, an exhibition venue for Ukrainian and foreign contemporary art. CAC supports art experiments, collaborations to integrate Ukrainian art into the world context.

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Art Support Fund

is an independent, non-profit, charitable and public-benefit foundation initiated by a group of international patrons, contributing to arts and culture and following the aim to help and support the preservation of the cultural heritage of Ukraine during the ongoing war and afterwards.

Partners of the project

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Location of the exhibition

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