Things Fall Apart
04 Feb 2016 – 03 Apr 2016
London, United Kingdom
Calvert 22 Gallery is the UK’s only not-for-profit institution dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art from Russia and Eastern Europe. It presents a dynamic programme of exhibitions, talks and cross-disciplinary events with both emergent and established artists.
Founded in 2009, Calvert 22 Gallery aims to be a significant voice on the international cultural landscape, gathering the most active voices from the region to investigate current directions in artistic practice and theory relating to the 'former East'.
The gallery’s programme has developed to meet its key artistic aims though three programming strands: a Core Programme, Pulse Programme and Satellite Programme. The Core Programme consists of three ‘seasons’ per year, loosely timed to coincide with University terms, to engage with different sections of the gallery's core audiences. The Core Programme is wide-ranging and discursive, and incorporates exhibitions, talks, meetings, screenings, symposia as well as online resources and discussions.
The Pulse Programme complements the Core Programme through two key initiatives: the Archive as Strategy and Socialist Friendship research strands – both aimed at opening up a discursive platform and extending Calvert 22 Gallery’s audiences and artistic community both in London and abroad. These strands of the programme take place on a regular and on-going basis, thus acting as the ‘pulse’ of the organisation’s artistic activities and enriching the core seasons by allowing for a more in-depth and long-standing engagement.
The Satellite Programme consists of off-site activities in which programming is taken beyond the gallery’s walls, to reach further audiences. In 2012 this included taking part in the City States Programme as part of the Liverpool Biennial.
The events programme is developed in partnership with visual arts organisations in the countries from our region of focus, as well as with key cultural partners from across the UK and Europe. Launched in 2010, the gallery has been in partnership with the Courtauld Institute Research Forum, which consists of a panel discussion co-organised by both partners, featuring academics associated with the Research Forum and artists and curators involved in our exhibitions. Each year four such panels take place, two at the Courtauld and two at Calvert 22 Gallery.
The gallery is a project of the Calvert 22 Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the contemporary art and culture of Russia and Eastern Europe. The foundation is active in four main areas — art, culture, research and learning — each of which has its own specific project.
Calvert 22 Gallery, like all the foundation's projects, is motivated by a commitment to dialogue and discovery, to the development of international creative networks, and to the potential of culture as the basis for international connection.