The PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) presents exhibition of the 21 shortlisted artists for the fourth edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, the first global art prize for artists up to 35, founded by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009. The show focuses on the presentation of newly produced works giving a remarkable view on the most actual artistic positions of a next generation of artists.

The exhibition engages with the complexities of the contemporary world and investigates the possibilities of art within it. Balancing between personal and collective, imaginary and real, familiar and uncanny, the show invites the visitors to set off the captivating journey through wide range of ideas that absorb the artists today.

The show will encompass the diverse works developed in a variety of media and formats, such as site-specific interventions, sculptures, interactive installations, performative gestures, videos, text- and sound-based projects.

20 shortlisted artists have been selected from more than 4400 coming from 138 countries, divided over all continents. The shortlisted artists were chosen by an international Selection Committee. The Open Group from Ukraine were automatically nominated to the shortlist as winners of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015, a national contemporary art prize awarded to young Ukrainian artists up to the age of 35.

The exhibition of the Future Generation Art Prize 2017 is curated by Anna Smolak.

The exhibition will be open from February 25, 2017 till April 16, 2017 in the PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Artists Profiles


A distinguished international jury determines the main prize and special prizes winners at their meeting in Kyiv during the Future Generation Art Prize exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre. They award the prizes at a ceremony on the day of the meeting.
Nicholas Baume
Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund
Iwona Blazwick
Director of the Whitechapel Gallery
Björn Geldhof
Artistic Director at the PinchukArtCentre and Artistic and strategic director at Yarat
Mami Kataoka
Chief curator of Mori Art Museum
Koyo Kouoh
Founding artistic director of RAW Material Company
Jérôme Sans
Curator, art critic, artistic director and director of renowned institutions
Jochen Volz
Curator of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo and of the Brazilian Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia


Seven outstanding experts, each one appointed by one of the jury members, will review every application and will nominate 20 artists for the short list.
Élise Atangana
Curator and producer
Daniela Castro
Writer and curator
Björn Geldhof
Artistic Director at the PinchukArtCentre and Artistic and strategic director at Yarat
Diana Nawi
Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami
Shabbir Hussain Mustafa
Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore
Anna Smolak
Gaia Tedone
PhD Candidate at London South Bank University and curator

at PinchukArtCentre

I am proud to see that after eight years and four editions, the Future Generation Art Prize has become a milestone in the international cultural landscape. The prize has proved to provide consistent support for all shortlisted artists both through our investment in the production of new works and our commitment to present all artists in collateral events at the Venice Biennale. With this exhibition in Kyiv, we bring 21 shortlisted artists from all over the world to Ukraine, highlighting Kyiv's scope as a hub of contemporary culture, while inspiring the local art scene. For the first time in the history of the prize, it has been curated by a guest curator, Anna Smolak.
Björn Geldhof, Artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre

Collateral event
at Venice Biennale

Curatorial Statement
Björn Geldhof & Anna Smolak
Curators, Future Generation Art [email protected]
The Future Generation Art [email protected] 2017 spotlights 21 artists, chosen out of more than 4500 applications from around the world. The nature of the selection of the artists did not respond to a single concept, nor was it limited to certain geographic bounds. Quite the opposite, the selection showed an engagement with the complexities of the contemporary world and explored the role and status of art within it.
The curatorial concern to make the exhibition more than a mere representation of 21 artists led the way to a majority of new works produced in situ, often sharing an interest in complex socio-political narratives that explore history (both in a personal and geo-political sense). Throughout the exhibition, themes that arise from a seemingly topical colonial legacy and the precarious human condition today, translate into works that engage in a dialogue or confront the context of the Palazzo Contarini Polignac and its historical importance. They challenge an understanding of the contemporary world, poised between the personal and the collective, familiar and uncanny, imaginary and real.

As a whole this exhibition, at times, suggests possibilities for tomorrow. This attempt to envisage future scenarios in a world defined by precariousness and uncertainties is confronted with an in-depth exploration of the self – raising the question of social responsibility of the artist not only as a visionary of the future but foremost as an advocate for change.
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