Nikita Kadan was born 1982 in Kiev, Ukraine, where he lives and works today. He is a member of the artist group R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space, since 2004) and Co-founder and member of the Hudrada (Artistic committee, 2008) curatorial and activist group. He often works in interdisciplinary collaborations - with architects, Human Rights Watch activists and sociologists. 
Kadan‘s work has been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna (2014), CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2012), ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe (2013), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2013), Castello di Rivoli (2013), 55th Biennale di Venezia - Palazzo Contarini Polignac (2013), DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2014), and Saatchi Gallery, London (2014). He was nominated for the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2009 and won it in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury of The Future Generation Art Prize.
A bilingual (Ukrainian/English) publication about Nikita Kadan‘s work will appear in spring 2015.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

  • Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, The Bones Mixed Together

2015

  • Waterside Gallerty, London, Limits of Responsibility
  • Galerie Transit, Mechelen, Gazelka (Art and the struggle of ideologies)
  • Detenpyla Gallery, Lviv, The Hesitant Museum
  • Ya Gallery, Kiev

2014

  • Campagne Première, Berlin, Limits of Responsibility
  • Viafarini DOCVA, Milan, Everybody Wants to Live by the Sea

  • Transit Gallery, Mechelen, Engineering Hope



2013

  • Transit Gallery, Mechelen, Erasing and Overposting
  • Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Kyjev Hotel, Bratislava - Cinema





2012

  • Pop-up Galleries, Kiev, Project (with Lada Nakonechna)
  • CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Corrections
  • SOSka Gallery, Kharkiv, The Speech of the Silent

2011


  • Karas Gallery, Kiev, Figures on White

  • Arsenal Gallery, Kiev, Nesezon

2010

  • NORMA Gallery, Odessa, Procedure Room / Fixing
  • Collection Gallery, Kiev, On the Surface
  • Karas Gallery, Kiev, Bright Perspectives / War in the Sky (with Lesya Khomenko)

  • Institutskaya Gallery, Kiev, Procedure Room

2009


  • Collection Gallery, Kiev, Scene of Action

2007


  • Fine Art Gallery, Kiev, Mushrooms

2006


  • L-art Gallery, Kiev, Silent TV

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

  • Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Now in Poland
  • PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Research Platform: Guilt
  • Kunsthalle Exnergasse WUK, Vienna, Into the Dark
  • Alte Post, Vienna, Universal Hospitality
  • Q21 INTERNATIONAL, Vienna, As Rights Go By — On the Erosion and Denial of Rights

2015

  • Istanbul Biennale, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
  • Kunsthaus Zürich, Europe, The Future of History
  • 56th Biennale di Venezia, Ukrainian Pavilion, Hope, curated by Björn Geldhof
  • MUZEUM - Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Lest The Two Seas Meet


2014

  • MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna, Through Maidan and Beyond
  • PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, 21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2014

  • Saatchi Gallery, London, Premonition: Ukrainian Art Now

  • Institute for African Studies in partnership with the V–A–C Foundation, Moscow, MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and Hundred Thousand Tricks

  • Winzavod Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, One Place Next to Another

  • PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Fear and Hope
  • Daadgalerie, Berlin, The Ukrainians
  • Corner House, Riga, (Re)construction of Friendship
  • Positive Propaganda Artspace, Munich, 50 YEARS OF HELL
  • Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, Referendum on Withdrawal from the Human Race



2013

  • ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, global aCtIVISm
  • Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, New Acquisitions of Contemporary Art

  • MOCAK, Krakow, The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe Since 1945
  • 5th Moscow Biennale, Artplay
  • Musée d’art Contemporain, Lyon, RENDEZ-VOUS 13

  • 10 Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Museum Centre, Love of the Space
  • Museum of Modern Art, Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Self-Government: Cultural Evolution vs. Revolution
  • HudRada, Island of Lido, Venice, Union of Hovels
  • 
55th Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice 2013

  • Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Disobedience Archive (The Republic)
  • Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Ukrainian News

  • Palazzo Reale di Milano, Milan
  • MARTa Museum, Herford, Showing its Colours. What Makes Art
  • Ya Gallery Art Center, Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), Sun of the Poor

2012

  • 
PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, 21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2012

  • German Historical Museum, Berlin, The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe Since 1945
  • Sevastopol Art Museum, Sevastopol, Disputed Territory

  • Museum Hof van Busleyden, Mechelen, Newtopia
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Cantastoria
  • Art Arsenal, First Kiev Biennale ARSENALE 2012, Kiev, THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES – REBIRTH AND APOCALYPSE IN CONTEMPORARY ART
  • 
Lavra Gallery, Kiev, The Crooked Mirrors
  • Onomatopee Projectspace, Eindhoven (Netherlands), WHO TOLD YOU SO?! #1 Truth vs. Government
  • Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art Contemporain, France, Atlas Critique, Une carte blanche au peuple qui manque

  • National Art Museum, Kiev, Myth Ukrainian Baroque
  • National Art Museum, Kiev, Landscape Shielded by the Picture

  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Ukrainian Body

  • The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, SOUND OF SILENCE: ART DURING DICTATORSHIP

2011


  • Ya-Gallery, Kiev, Cut Paper
  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Labour Show

  • PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Exhibition of the 20 Shortlisted Artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011
  • 
Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Life in the Forest
  • Art Arsenal Gallery, Kiev, Newspeak
  • KALMAR KONSTMUSEUM, Kalmar, A Complicated Relation, Part II
  • Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Austria, Making and Art

  • Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Public Folklore

  • Special project of 4th Moscow Biennale, Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts, Moscow, CONTRA MATER

  • Special Project of 4th Moscow Biennale, Art House Squat Forum, Moscow, Unreliable Life
  • MSL Museum, Lodz (Poland), Eyes Looking For a Head to Inhabit
  • European Cultural Congress, (project in city space) Wroclaw (Poland), Art Training

  • Cheremushki Gallery, Moscow, Six and Three

  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Impossible Community

  • Art Arsenal, Kiev, The Independent
  • Palazzo Zenobio, 54 Venice Biennale, ATLANTIS 11
  • ArtVienna 2011, Wien, Fair Special Project
  • Gorlitz, Germany, (work in city space) The Trick
  • National Art Museum, Kiev, PROSTO.ART
  • Ya Gallery, Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), Abstract Vision Test
  • 
Art Arsenal Gallery, Kiev, Space Odyssey 2011
  • LABOR Projectspace, Budapest, Let’s Talk About Nationalism. Between Ideology and Identity

2010


  • Art Arsenal, Kiev, Special Projects of Art-Kiev Contemporary 2010 Art Fair
  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Court Experiment

  • Les Kurbas Centre, Kiev, 10.10.10

  • 5th International Video Art Biennial in Israel, Tel-Aviv, Videozone V

  • 17 Centre of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Those Who Came at 2000th

  • Whitebox Gallery (organized by Arsenal Gallery), New York City, Minimal Differences
  • Spinnerei Cultural Centre, Leipzig, LIA Artists on Rundgang
  • 
1st Ural Industrial Biennale, Ekaterinburg, Shockworkers of the Mobile Image

  • PERMM Museum, Perm, Russia, Ukrainian Art in Transition

  • Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary, Over the Counter

  • Music Theatre, Kiev, From Town to Town
  • 
National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kiev, Great Surprise
  • Kunstraum, Munich, Euro-Renovation in Europe
  • Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Supermarket Art Fair 2010
  • KUMU Museum, Tallinn, Let’s Talk About Nationalism. Between Ideology and Identity

2009

  • CCA at NaUKMA, Kiev, Revolutionary Moments
  • 
HDLU Gallery in Mestrovic Pavillion and SC Gallery, Zagreb, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, 20 Ukrainian artists. Exhibition of the Shortlisted PinchukArtCentre Prize Nominees
  • Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Another City, Another Life - of the Archives
  • Feinkost Gallery, Berlin, Communism Never Happened

  • Red October Factory, special project of 3th Moscow Biennale, New Old Cold War
  • Museum of Modern Art, Odessa, The (Re)socialization of Art
  • 2th Biennale, Katowice, European Constitution. What Creates Europe?

  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Views
  • M’ARS Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, M’artian Field – Collaboration
  • DEPO Centre of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, No More Reality, Crowd and Performance
  • Centre of Contemporary Art, Graz, Land of Human Rights

2008


  • Volker Diehl + Gallery One, Moscow, Fresh Blood

  • PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Patriotism. Art As a Present
  • HDLU Gallery in Mestrovic Pavillion, Zagreb, Salon of Revolution
  • Index Foundation, Stockholm, Alphabetical Order
  • 
Feinkost Gallery, Berlin, SCHENGEN

  • Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Another City. Another Life
  • De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, No More Reality. Step 3: SHARED FOLDER

  • 10th Gyumri Biennale, Armenia
  • Marat Guelman Gallery, together with White Box Gallery, New York City, New Ukrainian Painting

  • Ya-gallery Art Centre, Kiev, Transit

  • Eidos Foundation, project in public space, Kiev, Common Space

  • F.A.I.T. Gallery, Krakow, Checkpoint

  • National University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Satellite Tunes

  • Feinkost Gallery, Berlin, The Art Word

2007


  • KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Return of the Memory
  • 
Luigi Pecci Centre of Contemporary Art, Prato, Progressive Nostalgia
  • 
Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art - Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Petroliana

  • Prague Biennale 2007, Prague, Czech Republic

  • PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, GENERATIONS.UsA

  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Communities Project

2006


  • F.A.I.T. Gallery, Krakow, Barwy Klubowe

  • Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Testing Station
  • Kunsthalle, project space Karlsplatz, Vienna, Postorange

  • Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York City, Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art

  • Zamek Ujazdowski Centre of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Intervention



2005

  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Intervention
  • 
L-art Gallery, Kiev, Silent TV

  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Control
  • NaUKMA, Kiev, Ukrainian Hermitage
  • NaUKMA, Kiev, The Disappointed



2004

  • NaUKMA, Kiev, R.E.P.

For more information visit Nikita Kadan's website: http://www.nikitakadan.com/