The Foundation for Art and Culture, Bonn and the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow are delighted to announce the travelling group show Diversity United. Contemporary European Art. Moscow. Berlin. Paris. The first venue – the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021) – is followed by venues in Berlin and Paris (2021), presenting a survey of work from across the continent.
The exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of Europe’s cultural output and highlights the importance of a united Europe during times of political uncertainty. The exhibition looks at contemporary European art after the fall of the Iron Curtain, underlining the importance of intercultural dialogue today.
It raises questions about freedom, dignity, democracy and respect whilst highlighting the continent’s artistic production in the context of historically relevant and current themes, such as political and personal identity, migration, (mental) landscape, gender and equality, nationality, territory and geopolitics and social conflicts.
Diversity United is made up of approximately 200 works by 81 key European artists active today and spanning generations, genders and European regions. These include Yael Bartana, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Monica Bonvicini, Olafur Eliasson, Mona Hatoum, Ilya Kabakov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Alicja Kwade, Roman Ondak, Wolfgang Tillmans, Erwin Wurm, Nil Yalter and Slavs and Tatars among others.
The chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture, Walter Smerling, and the general director of the Tretyakov Gallery, Zelfira Tregulova, head up the curatorial committee consisting of internationally curators, including Simon Baker (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris), Faina Balakhovskaya (Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow), Kay Heymer (Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf), Pontus Kyander (writer and curator, Helsinki), Camille Morineau (AWARE, curator, Paris), Johanna Neuschäffer & Anne Schwanz (Office Impart, Berlin), Hilke Wagner (Albertinum, Dresden), Peter Weibel (ZKM Karlsruhe).
“Europe consists of many amazing landscapes, not just geographically, but socially, politically and culturally. Artists are able to unite and form those worlds”, Walter Smerling, the chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture, says.