Yury Kharchenko

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Yury Kharchenko (Russian Юрий Харченко, born 1986 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a Russian German artist. He lives and works in Berlin.

Yury Kharchenko: My heritage for you and me, 100x80cm, oil on canvas, 2013


Raised in Moscow and West Germany he took private art lessons by Russian artist and poet Vilen Barsky, Russian Барский, Вилен Исаакович. From 2004 - 2008 he studied at the famous Kunstakademie Düsseldorf by Markus Lüpertz and Siegfried Anzinger and graduated with master of fine arts and Diploma. From 2011 - 2012 he was in a PhD programme at the University of Potsdam and did a research about the art philosophy in postmodern times influenced by Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas.

His works are part of important museum collections like Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, State Collection Düsseldorf, Kunst aus NRW Aachen and Felix Nussbaum Haus Osnabrück.


Yury Kharchenko: Book of life, 200x200cm, oil on canvas, 2013
Yury Kharchenko: 300x200cm, oil on canvas

Yury Kharchenko’s works can make one forget that such a thing as pop art and post modernism ever existed. His pictures are completely free of cynicism, and there is nothing second-hand about them. His painting is not that of an epigone. They focus on the formal and emotional possibilities of painting. They are both non-representational - pure visual phenomena like sounds – and representational - simple shapes such as the houses, which form the backbone of the cycle, or as the silhouettes of figures hidden in the thickets and scrub of the dark lattice structure of these pictorial spaces. Yury Kharchenko’s paintings are delightful in their texture and their sense of color, stimulating the senses and arousing strong feelings in the viewer.[1]

In order to endure the turbulence on this journey within the picture and to domesticate the overwhelming flood of free forms and fleeing forces, Kharchenko has provided his recent works with a frame. For this purpose he selects the archetype of a house in order to, as he says, "hold the painting together" with this shape. As Kharchenko says, "paintings must also take on shape.” Thus, this superordinate structure is like a metaphorical roof which delimits and holds together the representation of painting and is not a painted representation of a house! This taming of an undirected drive by way of an organizing form reflects the duality of human nature, which Friedrich Nietzsche described with the principles of the Apollonian and Dionysian. Accordingly, the Apollonian strives for form and shape, while the Dionysian follows the intoxication and the creative drive that breaks all form. By using the house, although a symbol of protection and security, Kharchenko does not attempt to abolish this conflict, which is inherent in any creative work, but rather, to endure it and, above all, to visualize it through painting.[2]

Nevertheless, a problem arises of spectator subjectivity. Namely, intuiting momentarily the physical properties and emotional directives of a work differs categorically from shaping and impressing them with one’s own hands: the role of seer is necessarily passive in relation to that of maker. However, the starting point of an individual confronting the concrete work coheres with Marx’s preferred hermeneutic. “In direct contrast to German philosophy which descends from heaven to earth, here we ascend from earth to heaven. That is to say, we do not set out from what men say, imagine, conceive, nor from men as narrated, thought of, imagined, conceived, in order to arrive at men in the flesh.” The individual who addresses the artwork effects his own activity, turning himself into a person who thinks deeper about the design before him or walks away. “We set out from real, active men, and on the basis of their real life-process we demonstrate the development of the ideological reflexes and echoes of this life-process.”[3]

Exhibitions (selection)[edit]

  • Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück (solo)
  • Jewish Museum of Westphalia (solo)
  • Nordheimer Scheune | Helmut A. Müller, Nordheim (solo)
  • Clara Maria Sels Gallery, Düsseldorf
  • Christie' s at K 21, Düsseldorf
  • Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam
  • Bonnefanten, Roermond
  • Ober Gallery, USA
  • Jagla Ausstellungsraum, Cologne
  • Galerie Clara Maria Sels, Düsseldorf
  • Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam
  • Gerhard Hofland Gallery, Amsterdam
  • FRISCH, Halle am Wasser, Berlin
  • Ober Gallery, Kent, Connecticut, USA
  • Gene Shapiro Auctions New York, USA
  • Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

mit Michal Budny, Anja Schwörer, Michael Wutz, Zenita Komad, Eli Cortinas, Rebecca Wilton, Vera Lossau

  • Tris Vonna-Michell / Yury Kharchenko
  • European Kunsthalle Project
  • Galerie Otto Schweins, Köln
  • Shuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf



  • Worlds Within. Kerber Verlag, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-86678-851-0.
  • Journey to Jerusalem. Kerber Verlag, Berlin, 2013, ISBN 978-3-86678-795-7.
  • Die Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, 2013
  • Extra Verlag, Berlin, 2012, ISBN 978-3-938370-49-0.
  • Olaf Salié (Hrsg.): Rising Young Artists to keep an Eye on. Daab, Köln 2011, ISBN 978-3-942597-03-6.
  • Boesner GmbH (Hrsg.) "Kunstwelten", Boesner, Witten, 2011, BestellNr.: 9783928003001
  • Leonardo Art award, Kunstmuseum Walter, Augsburg, 2008
  • Extra Verlag, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-938370-28-5.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1]. Kay Heymer, Director of Modern Art Department, Museum Kunstpalst, Duesseldorf, in Yury Kharchenko' s Houses
  2. ^ [2]. Bettina Haiss in The Uncertainty of the invisible
  3. ^ [3]. Michele Chinitz in Kharchenko & Practical Transcendence