Visiting MUSA: The School of Prosperity

A Class of the School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial in Vienna

Based on the present situation in Ukraine, The School of Prosperity at MUSA addresses important political issues and frames outlooks on an egalitarian and alternative future beyond crisis, war and corruption within the counterworlds of art. The School of Prosperity constitutes the start of four Schools, which are curated by Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer in cooperation with The School of Kyiv, the Kyiv Biennial 2015 (, and will take place in spring 2016 in Vienna. The different Schools will deal with subjects such as Europe, migration and post-revolutionary traumata, and with realism, landscape and the ideological and nationalist image of present-day wars. This introduces a new format for art biennials, beginning with exhibitions and public forums at 17 locations in Kyiv and expanding to a range of institutions in cities across Europe. IThe Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv plays a vital role here and has recently become one of the most important spaces for discussion in the Ukrainian capital.

Along with presenting art projects by biennial participants such as Serhiy Bratkov, Alice Creischer, Anna Jermolaewa, Zhanna Kadyrova, Franz Kapfer, Dariia Kuzmych, Yuri Leidermann, Mykola Ridnyi, Mikhail Tolmachev, Titre Provisoire (Marcel Dickhage/ Cathleen Schuster) and Stas Volyazlovsky, there are plans for various events dealing with the present situation in Ukraine, Russia and Europe. The School of Kyiv is sponsored by SHIFT.

A Class of the School of Kyiv

The School of Kyiv:
The School of Prosperity
The School of the Devil
The School of the Lonesome
The School of the Displaced

MUSA Museum Startgalerie Artothek
Felderstraße 6-8, 1010 Vienna

March 12 - 19, 2016

Opening: March 11, 6 pm

Guided tours at MUSA every day at 1 pm.

Curators | Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer


March 12, 1 pm
Guided tour in the presence of the artists and curators Anna Jermolaewa, Zhanna Kadyrova, Franz Kapfer, Serhyi Klymko, Dariia Kuzmych, Yuri Leiderman, Sveta Libet, Mykola Rydnyi, Catheeen Schuster und Marcel Dickhage; Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer.

March 12, 2.30 pm
Artist Talk
Zhanna Kadyrova (Kyiv) with Yustyna Kravchuk (Kyiv/Vienna)

March 15, 4.30 pm
Artist Tallk
Yuri Leiderman (Odessa/Berlin) with Hedwig Saxenhuber

March 16, 4.30 pm
Artist Tallk
Anna Jermolaewa (Vienna) with Kateryna Ruban (Kyiv/NY)

March 17, 4.30 pm
"Two years later". Statements by Roman Osminkin (St. Petersburg), Kateryna Ruban (New York), Sewhil Musajewa-Borowyk (Crimea/Kyiv) and Sergej Bugajew-Afrika (St. Petersburg) and following discussion

Moderation: Herwig Höller

March 18, 4.30 pm
Artist Talk
Franz Kapfer (Vienna) with Georg Schöllhammer

Yuri Leiderman, Andrey Silvestrov
Odessa. Fragment 205, 2015, Filmstill

“The School of Kyiv” - Kyiv Biennial 2015

External Links
The School of Kyiv

Eventfolder (pdf, 171 kb)


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