Savadov Arsen

Donbass-Chocolate Series 165x110 cm, digital print on aluminum, plexiglass, 1997
Date of Birth: 1962
Place of residence: Kyiv

Arsen Savadov is a Ukrainian artist. He was born on September 24, 1962 in Kyiv in the family of graphic artist Volodymyr Savadov, an Armenian from Baku.

In 1986 he graduated from the Kyiv State Art Institute. Member of the Kyiv art group “Paris Commune”. Works in the field of conceptualism. He represented Ukraine at the 49th Venice Biennale.

Critics consider Arsen Savadov to be one of the key figures in Ukrainian contemporary art, a generation that established itself in the late 1980s, the Ukrainian transavant-garde, the neo-baroque, the so-called “South Russian wave.” The famous work “Sadness of Cleopatra”, created by Arsen Savadov together with Georgy Senchenko in 1987, is considered a starting point for a new period in Ukrainian art. In the 1990s, Arsen Savadov worked with photography and video in co-authorship with Georgy Senchenko, then with Alexander Kharchenko, but in the end, he preferred an individual creative career.

Provocative projects “Donbass-Chocolate” and “Book of the Dead” brought Savadov the greatest popularity.

In recent years, Arsen Savadov has returned to painting.

The works are in museums:

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, France
European House of Photography, Paris, France
Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jane Wurhis Zimmerley Art Museum, Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, Rutgers
PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine
Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyiv, Ukraine
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Hotel Oslo, Norway


Collection of Stefan Jansen, USA
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Pierre Brosch Collection, Paris-Moscow
Pinchuk Art Center Collection, Kyiv, Ukraine
Phillips De Pury Collection
Bernar Loze Collection (Paris, France)
Norton Dodge Collection (New Jersey, USA)
Sir Elton John Collection (London)

Lives and works in Kyiv.

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