In winter 2017, Eurogold under the patronage of Ms. Hermine Poppeller, Austrian Ambassador in Ukraine staged an impressive, exhibition of the highly original and imaginative artist Max Piva. The exhibition was curated by Mario Codognato, former chief curator of the 21er Haus in Vienna and ex-director of the Madre museum in Naples.
Like previous years we were impressed by an open speech of Roman Grabner, who provided us with a fresh insight into Max’s oeuvre. The exhibition under the title “BORDERS — FROM ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW (PERSPECTIVE)”provided a unique opportunity to view the majority of Max’s works for the first time in Ukraine.
In his works Max Piva considers the idea of the border not just as a geographical location or a political entity, but rather as a definition of human perception together with its own limitations. Any artist works constantly in some way on a borderline, but he is also the only one to define the boundaries of his art. He alone decides whether to cross or not a real or imaginary frontier.
Piva’s new works emphasize an interdisciplinary aspect while, at the same time they are, consciously, leading to their own limitations. Paintings become objects or, on the contrary, with the use of photography for example, objects become a work of art. The different working techniques are only means to an end and therefore not an independent method.