Nikita (Mykyta) Kadan
Was born in Kyiv in 1982. In 2007 graduated from National Academy of Fine Art (Kyiv) where he studied on department of monumental painting under professor Mykola Storozhenko.
Nikita Kadan works with painting, graphics, and installation, often in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects, sociologists and human rights activists. He is a member of the artist group REP (Revolutionary Experimental Space) and founding member of Hudrada (Artistic Committee), a curatorial and activist collective.
Lives in Kyiv.

Selected group exhibitions:

2016

Do boomerangs always come back?, Castle d'Aspremont-Lynden, Oud-Rekem
From the Shores of the Black Sea, Tbilisi History Museum, Tbilisi
Conservatism and Liberalism, Sculpture Quadriennial 2016, Wagner's Hall, Riga
Now in Poland, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin
Bud'mo, Galeria BWA, Zielona Gora
Research Platform: Guilt, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Into the Dark, Kunsthalle Exnergasse - WUK, Vienna
Universal Hospitality, Alte Post, Vienna
As Rights Go By – On the Erosion and Denial of Rights, Freiraum Q21 INTERNATIONAL, Vienna
Meanwhile, what about socialism?, AV festival 2016, Gallery North - Northumbria University, Newcastle
DE NE DE, Ukrainian Institute for Scientific-Technical and Economic Information, Kyiv

2015
Recent acquisitions, M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
Where to observe an eclypse, Mikhail Bulgakov museum, Kyiv
The Absent Image, Nectar gallery, Tbilisi
Private nationalism, Open Gallery, Bratislava/Kiscell Museum – Municipal Gallery, Budapest
BALAGAN!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places, Kühlhaus, Berlin
Politics of form, GFZK Leipzig
Demonstrating Minds. Disagreements in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
The School of Kyiv, Kyiv biennale, National Museum of Ukrainian History, Kyiv
Fear. The Origin of the State , New Synagogue/ kunsthalle Žilina
Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennale
Vertical Reach: Political Protest and the Militant Aesthetic Now, ArtSpace, new Haven
Cobra 1.7, 71a Gallery, London, UK
ArtBat fest, Almaty
EUROPE. The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zürich
Limited liability pavillon, apartment exhibition, Venice
Hope!, Ukrainian national pavillon at the 56th Venice biennale
Some Say You Can Find Happiness There, VCRC, Kyiv
Lest The Two Seas Meet, Museum of modern art, Warsaw


2014

Referendum on Withdrawal from the Human Race, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw/ Closer art centre, Kyiv


The right to be forgotten, Manne Siegbahnhusen, Stockholm University’s Frescati Campus, Stockholm
Through Maidan and Beyond, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna
21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2014
, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now
, Saatchi Gallery, London
Kalashnikov, Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
Everything and nothing, Škuc Gallery, Lubljana
Private Nationalism, Kunsthalle, Kosice, Slovakia/ Ostrale’14, Dresden, Germany
MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks, Institute for African Studies in partnership with the V–A–C Foundation, Moscow
One place next to another, Winzavod centre of contemporary art, Moscow
New message, Ehrenhalle, Äußeres Burgtor, Vienna
Fear and hope, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
The Ukrainians, daadgalerie, Berlin
(Re)construction of friendship, Corner House (The former KGB headquarters), Riga
50 years of hell, Positive Propaganda projectspace, Munich

2013

global aCtIVISm, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
New Acquisitions of Contemporary Art in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe Since 1945, MOCAK, Krakow
Spaces of Exception, special project of 5th Moscow biennale, Artplay
RENDEZ-VOUS 13, within the Lyon Biennial, Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon
Love of the space, 10 Krasnoyarsk museum biennale, Museum centre, Krasnoyarsk
Self-government: cultural evolution vs. revolution, Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Museum of modern art, Odessa
Union of Hovels, island of Lido, Venice
The Future Generation Art Prize. Venice 2013, Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice
Disobedience Archive (The Republic), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin
Ukrainian news, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
THE DESIRE FOR FREEDOM. Arte in Europa dal 1945., Palazzo Reale di Milano, Milan
Court Experiment, SIZ gallery, Rijeka
Showing its colours. What makes art, MARTa museum, Herford
Sun of the Poor, Ya Gallery Art Center, Dnipropetrovsk

2012

21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2012, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945, German Historical Museum, Berlin
Disputed Territory, Sevastopol Art Museum named by M. Kroshitsky, Sevastopol
Newtopia, Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen
Cantastoria, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Salt Lake City
THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES – REBIRTH AND APOCALYPSE IN CONTEMPORARY ART, First Kyiv biennale Arsenale 2012, Art Arsenal, Kyiv
The crooked mirrors, Lavra gallery, Kyiv
WHO TOLD YOU SO?! #1 Truth vs. Government, Onomatopee projectspace, Eindhoven
Atlas Critique. Une carte blanche au peuple qui manque, Parc Saint Léger
Myth of Ukrainan baroque, National Art Museum, Kyiv
Picture covers the landscape, National Art Museum, Kyiv
Ukrainian body, VCRC at NaUKMA, Kyiv
SOUND OF SILENCE: ART DURING DICTATORSHIP, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York

2011

Cut paper, Ya gallery, Kyiv
Labour show, Centre of visual culture research at National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA), Kyiv
20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Life in the forest , Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok
Newspeak, Art Arsenal gallery, Kyiv
A complicated relation, part 2, KALMAR KONSTMUSEUM, Kalmar
Making and art , Stadtgalerie Schwaz
Public Folklore , Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
CONTRA MATER, Special project of 4 Moscow biennale, Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts, Moscow
Unreliable life , Special project of 4 Moscow biennale, Art House Squat Forum, Moscow
Eyes Looking For a Head to Inhabit , MSL museum, Lodz
Art Training in frame of European cultural congress, project in city space, Wroclaw
Six and three, Cheremushki gallery, Moscow
Impossible community , Moscow Museum of modern art, Moscow
The independent, Art Arsenal, Kyiv
ATLANTIS 11 , at 54 Venice biennale, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice
ArtVienna 2011 fair special project, Wien
The trick, work in city space, Gorlitz
prosto.art, National Art Museum, Kyiv
Abstract vision test, Ya gallery, Dnipropetrovsk
Space Odyssey 2011, Art Arsenal, Kyiv
Let’s talk about nationalism. Between ideology and identity , LABOR projectspace, Budapest

2010

Court experiment, Special projects of ViennaFair, Vienna
Court experiment, Centre of visual culture research at National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA), Kyiv
10.10.10, Les Kurbas Centre, Kyiv
Videozone 5 , Tel-Aviv
Those who came at 2000th, М17 Centre of contemporary art, Kyiv
Minimal differences, organized by Arsenal gallery (Bialystok, Poland) in White box gallery,
New York
LIA artists on Rundgang, LIA – Leipzig international artist’s program, Spinnerei cultural centre, Leipzig
Shock-workers of mobile images , 1 Ural industrial biennale, Ekaterinburg
IF. Ukrainian art in transition , PERMM museum, Perm
Over the counter , Kunsthalle Budapest
From town to town, Music theatre, Kyiv
Great surprise , National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
Euro-renovation in Europe , Kunstraum Munich
Motherland shop, Supermarket art fair 2010, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
Let’s talk about nationalism. Between ideology and identity, KUMU museum, Tallinn

2009

Revolutionary moments, CCA at NaUKMA, Kyiv
Future was yesterday, HDLU gallery in Mestrovic pavillion and SC gallery, Zagreb
20 Ukrainian artists. Shortlist of PinchukArtCentre prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Another City, Another Life - from the Archives , Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Communism Never Happened, Feinkost gallery, Berlin
New old Cold war , Red October factory, special project of 3 Moscow biennale, Moscow
(Re)socialization of art, Museum of modern art, Odessa
European constitution. What creates Europe?, 2 biennale in Katowice
Pohliady (Views), Centre for contemporary art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
Martian field – Collaboration, M’ARS Centre of contemporary art, Moscow
No more reality. Crowd and performance , DEPO Centre of contemporary art, Istanbul,

Land of human rights , Centre of contemporary art, Graz,

2008

Fresh blood , Volker Deihl + Gallery one, Moscow
Patriotism. Art as a present , PinchukArtCentre, Kiev
Salon of revolution, HDLU gallery in Mestrovic pavillion , Zagreb
Alphabetical Order : John Baldessari, R.E.P., Ahmet Ögüt, Index Foundation, Stockholm
Schengen, Feinkost gallery, Berlin
Another city. Another life , Zacheta gallery, Warsaw
No more reality De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam
10 Gyumri biennale
New Ukrainian painting , Marat Guelman gallery together with White Box gallery,
New York
Transit, Ya-gallery art centre, Kyiv
Common space, project in public space supported by “Eidos” foundation, Kiev
Cheсkpoint, F.A.I.T. gallery, Krakow
Satellite Tunes, National Univestity of Fine Art, Budapest
The Art World, Feinkost gallery, Berlin

2007

Return of memory KUMU museum, Tallinn
Progressive nostalgia Luigi Pecci centre of contemporary art, Prato
Petroliana Second Moscow biennale of contemporary art, Moscow museum of contemporary art, Moscow
Prague biennale 2007, Prague
Generations UsA, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Communities project, Centre for contemporary art at NaUKMA, Kiev, Ukraine; “Arsenal” gallery, Bialystok

2006

Barwy clubowe, F.A.I.T. gallery, Krakow
Testing station, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm
Postorange , Kunsthalle, project space Karlsplatz, Vienna
Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York
Intervention, Zamek Ujazdovski centre of contemporary art, Warsaw

2005

Intervention, Centre for contemporary art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
Control, Centre for contemporary art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
Ukrainian Hermitage, Centre for contemporary art at NaUKMA, Kyiv
The disappointed, Centre for contemporary art at NaUKMA, Kyiv

2004

R.E.P., Centre for contemporary art at NaUKMA, Kyiv

Selected solo exhibitions:

2016

Procedure room, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
Above the pedestal the air condenses in a dark cloud, Škuc gallery, Ljubljana
The Bones Mixed Together, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok

2015

Gazelka. Art and the struggle of ideologies, Transit gallery, Mechelen
"Poland" magazine, Ya gallery art centre, Kyiv
The museum hesitant, Detenpyla gallery, Lviv
Limits of Responsibility, Waterside Contemporary, London

2014

Limits of Responsibility, Campagne Première, Berlin
Everybody wants to live by the sea, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan
Engeneering hope, Art Brussels 2014 SOLO program me, Transit gallery, Brussels

2013

Erasing and overposting, Transit gallery, Mechelen
Kyjev hotel, Bratislava cinema, Gandy gallery, Bratislava

2012

PROJECT, together with Lada Nakonechna, Kyiv Pop-up Galleries, Kyiv
Corrections, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
The speech of the silent, SOSka gallery, Kharkiv

2011

Figures on white, Karas gallery, Kyiv
Nesezon (Off-season), Arsenal gallery, Kyiv

2010

Procedure room/Fixing, NORMA gallery, Odessa
On the surface, Collection gallery, Kyiv
Bright perspectives/War in the sky (together with Lesya Khomenko), Karas gallery, Kyiv
Procedure room, Institutskaya gallery, Kyiv

2009

Scene of action, Collection gallery

Awards:

The winner of the Special Prize, Future Generation Prize, 2014
The winner of the Main Prize, PinchukArtCentre Prize, 2011
Nominated for PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and for Future Generation Prize in 2012

Residences:

2016
Gaude Polonia, Bialystok
Q21, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna

2014

Viafarini DOCVA, Milan
KulturKontakt, Vienna

2013

FLACC, Genk

2010

LIA (Leipzig international art programme www.liap.eu ), Spinnerei cultural centre, Leipzig

2008

LIA, Spinnerei cultural centre, Leipzig

2005

Centre for contemporary art at National University “Kiev-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv

Selected lectures and public talks:

2016

Art in a State of Crisis , Nikita Kadan in conversation with Erich Klein and Hedwig Saxenhuber, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

2015

Yesterday, today, today, panel discussion during book presentation, with Larissa Babij, Yevgenia Belorusets and Yekaterina Mischenko, National Art Museum, Kyiv

Artist Activists. Visual Activism, current outlooks in Eastern Europe through the works of three artists and movements, with Gariella Csoszó and Thomas Rafa. Kiscelli Museum, Budapest

2014

Europe At Its Best , New Museum, New York

2012

Pedagogical poem, Presnia historical museum, Moscow

New Didactic Museum and the End of the Epoch of Critical Parasitism
TIME BANK
Stella Art Foundation, Moscow

2011

Iron applause
International simposium, National Gallery, Bratislava

Art, social critique and activism. Ten lectures
Сultural project. National Academy of Arts and Architecture, Kyiv

2009

Doubles
Launch of the first issue of the online bi-lingual newspaper on art and theory Zombie.

2008

A talk with Sönke Hallmann
Speaking of a gap can cause doubles
CCCK at the Iasi Periferic Biennial 8 - Art as Gift

It was a kitchen, this place, with Inga Zimprich and Ajdin Basic
Designing content, Press To Exit, Skopje, Macedonia

2007

Department of parasitism and symbiosis
FACULTY OF INVISIBILITY
Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL

Selected publications:

2015

Nikita Kadan. Yesterday, today, tody, Transit gallery, Mechelen-Kyiv
Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennale
R.E.P., The Green Box, Berlin
EUROPE. The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zürich
Hope!, Ukrainian national pavilion at the 56th Venice biennale
Perfect Match, PIN, Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Shifting Landscapes: Ukrainian Artists between Revolution and War, ed. Nataliya Tchermalykh, Galerie Pangee, Montreal and Rodovid, Kyiv
PRŌTOCOLLUM, artists' journal, Dickersbach Kunstverlag, Berlin

2014

Through Maidan and Beyond, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna
Circling the Square: Maidan & Cultural Insurgency in Ukraine, Cicada Press, New York
Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now
, Saatchi Gallery, London
MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks, Institute for African Studies in partnership with the V–A–C Foundation, Moscow
One place next to another, Winzavod centre of contemporary art, Moscow
(Re)construction of friendship, Corner House (The former KGB headquarters), Riga

2013

FLACC yearbook, Genk
global aCtIVISm, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe Since 1945, MOCAK, Krakow
Spaces of Exception, special project of 5th Moscow biennale, Artplay
RENDEZ-VOUS 13, within the Lyon Biennial, Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon
Disobedience Archive (The Republic), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin
THE DESIRE FOR FREEDOM. Arte in Europa dal 1945., Palazzo Reale di Milano, Milan
Showing its colours. What makes art, MARTa museum, Herford

2012

Cantastoria, UMOCA museum, Salt Lake City
ARSENALE 2012, Art Arsenal, Kyiv

2011

History of image. Art of 2000th, Viktoria Burlaka, Kyiv
Life in the forest, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok
Eyes Looking For a Head to Inhabit, MSL museum, Lodz
Independent, Art Arsenal, Kyiv
Over the counter, Kunsthalle Budapest

2010

Videozone, Tel-Aviv
Shock-workers of mobile images, Ural industrial biennale, Ekaterinburg
IF. Ukrainian art in transition, PERMM museum Perm
Great surprise, National Art Museum, Kyiv
Revolutionary moments, Polish institute, Kyiv
Agoraphilia. Art and democracy in post-Communist Europe, Piotr Piotrowski, Poznan / London
Supermarket art fair 2010, Stockholm
Let’s talk about nationalism. Between politics and identity, KUMU museum

2009

Younger then Jesus. Artist directory, New Museum, New York City
20 young artists. Shortlist of Pinchuk Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Salon of revolution, catalogue of the exhibition, Zagreb

2008
Progressive nostalgia. Art from Post-Soviet countries, Victor Misiano, WAM, Moscow
Patriotism. Art as a present, newspaper edited for exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev
Fresh blood, catalogue of the exhibition, Volker Deil + Gallery One, Moscow
Common space, newspaper edited for exhibition, EIDOS foundation, Kyiv
Communities Project, catalogue of the exhibition, Bialystok

2007

Generations UsA, catalogue of the exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv
Progressive nostalgia, catalogue of the exhibition, Luigi Pecci centre of contemporary art, Prato
Bloomsday, catalogue of the exhibition, Collection gallery, Kyiv
A4 drawings, Atelier Karas gallery, Kyiv
24 hours UA, catalogue of art-festival, Zamek Ujazdovski centre of contemporary art, Warsaw

2006

Shargorod, Moscow
Patriotism. Team colours, catalogue of the exhibition, F. A.I.T. gallery, Krakow
Postorange, catalogue of the exhibition, Kunsthalle Vienna

Works in collections:
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv
Arsenal Gallery, Białystok
Military History Museum, Dresden
The Art Collection Telekom
Krasnoyarsk museum centre, Krasnoyarsk
FRAC Bretagne
Centro per l'arte contemporanea LUIGI PECCI, Prato