Exhibition “Colour Archive” by collector Yevhen Demenko


Exhibition “Colour Archive” by collector Yevhen Demenko


On 29 June, at 19:00, the main building of the Museum of Odesa Modern Art opens the Colour Archive, a representative exhibition of works from the collection of Yevhen Demenko. The exhibition will be located on two floors and will last until 4 August.

“I bought the first works for my collection 15 years ago from a wonderful Odesa artist Andrii Herasymiuk. I gradually bought works by Odesa and European artists to decorate my home. But the main impetus for the beginning of real collecting was the opening of the Museum of Odesa Modern Art,” Yevhen Demenok tells the background of his collection.

The collection is a versatile archive, dominated by works by Odesa residents and artists who are somehow connected with Odesa. The exhibition will feature works by futurist David Burliuk, avant-garde artist Oleg Sokolov, the South Russian school of painting, a group of nonconformist artists and the Odesa conceptual group. The viewers will also see works by contemporary artists from the collection – Alexander Roytburd, Igor Gusev, Alexandra Kadzevich, Stas Zhalobnyuk, Apl 315, Inna Khasileva and others. A separate focus of the exhibition is the works of different authors in the nude genre.

Part of the exhibition is devoted to documentary evidence of the life and work of David Burliuk and Oleg Sokolov.

“To a large extent, the collection of our friend Yevhen Demenko resonates with the theme of our museum – it presents Odesa’s unofficial art and contemporary artists, whom we also regularly exhibit,” says Semen Kantor, director of the MoOMA.


The exhibition “Colour Archive” is open until 4 August.

The vernissage will take place on 29 June at 19:00 at 5 Leontovycha Street.