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“Mappa Mundi” – modern political map or a communal apartment


The Odessa Fine Art Museum will host a large personal exhibition of Pavlo Makov, one of the most famous Ukrainian contemporary artists, author of the National Pavilion of Ukraine at the Venice Biennale 2022 and winner of the Shevchenko Prize.


The opening is announced on January 24, Monday, at 3 p.m. The exhibition will run until April 2.

Pavlo Makov is a well-known Ukrainian graphic artist living and working in Kharkiv. Member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine and the Royal Society of Painters and Graphic Artists of Great Britain; Academician, member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine.

The exhibition is based on the large-scale art object “MAPA MUNDI”: a 3D layout that schematically reproduces the outlines of the modern political map of the world. This map is schematic, but the situation of the countries and the real borders between them are reproduced in detail. The only important difference is that in Makov’s geography, the territories are not airtight but connected by a door-hole, which penetrates all the walls-borders. Separated in reality by customs and quarantine, all states become neighbors. And the globe – one multi-room apartment.

The world is a communal apartment. My project is a plan of a communal apartment, where all the rooms are practically passable, and so that no matter where you run, you run away from the fire and run to the fire again. There is nowhere to go.

Pavlo Makov

The exhibition will also feature large-format graphic works by Pavel Makov of recent years.

Together with this works and MAPA MUNDI the artist tells us about the new world order, which is changing before our eyes more and more intensively and unpredictably. Unrestrained and inevitable globalisation has stopped in front of the glass ceiling of helplessness and fear of a pandemic. But in reality, the human community has never been so close symbolically as it is today.

Partners of the exhibition – The Naked Room (Kyiv).

The exhibition will open on January 24 at 15:00 and will run until April 2. On an opening day, admission is free; then the ticket price is 100/50 UAH.

About the artist

Pavlo Makov
Photo: Sasha Maslov

Pavlo Makov born on August 28, 1958 in Leningrad in a family of doctors. When Makov was five years old, his parents moved to Ukraine, where he lived for some time in Rivne, Kyiv and Simferopol. He studied at an art school for three years.

In 1974, he entered the Crimean Art School in Simferopol, from which he graduated in 1979. From 1977 to 1978 he studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, and since 1979 – at the Faculty of Graphics at the Kharkiv Institute of Art and Industry, which he graduated in 1984.

In 1988, the Sumy State Art Museum acquired three works by Makov. In the same year, Makov became a member of the Union of Artists of Ukraine and the following year won the Grand Prix at the All-Union Biennial of Easel Graphics in Kaliningrad.

In 1991, four works by Makov were purchased by the Tretyakov Gallery. Since 1994, Makov has been a member of the Royal Society of Painters and Graphic Artists of Great Britain, where he taught at the Royal College of Art in the early 1990s. Since 2007 – Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine.

Makov’s works have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the National Art Gallery (Kiev), the Center for Contemporary Art (Osaka), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Ibiza) and others meetings. Pavel Makov’s works were also exhibited at Sotheby’s (2009).

Works by Pavel Makov. Suprunivka, 2005