VIII International Triennial of Eco-Poster "The 4th Block"

07 December 2011
01 February 2012

International Triennial The 4 Block is a unique designer's exhibition, held every three years in Kharkov - second largest city in Ukraine. Its intent is to reveal the latest trends and innovations in contemporary poster designs, as well as other visual arts, which have environmental aim or connotation. It takes its' name - The 4 Block from the nuclear reactor (or block in Russian) number four, which was destroyed in the devastating explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power station in 1986.

The Triennial, first held in 1991 started as just a small environmental poster exhibit that was launched by Oleg Veklenko - a member of the disaster recovery force dispatched to Chernobyl - to commemorate a five year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. In the last twenty years since its inception this small showing has gradually transformed into a world renowned festival of eco-artistic events and exhibitions, drawing together participants from both inside and outside Ukraine's borders. With each new Triennial more and more contributors are sending their works to the exhibition. Today The 4 Block collection has over 5500 works from 52 countries from all over the world.

An integral part of the Triennial are various master classes, homeroom seminars, and student environmental actions, which bring together participants from art schools and universities around Ukraine, as well as numerous undergraduates from the international academic community.

Cultural events, such as the International Triennial The 4 Block are vital components of environmental education of our society both in Ukraine and around the globe. They initiate open dialogues between the individuals of different cultural realms, and promote better understanding of environmental issues among people with diverse social and professional backgrounds, histories, customs and tongues. Every day new work relationships are formed, new artistic techniques are found and new aspirations are realised. This, in turn, contributes to finding solutions to ecological and cultural problems that we face today, and helps to further promote the establishment of a more harmonious relationship between nature and men.

Exhibition Categories

  1. The World Since Chernobyl and Fukushima
  2. Environmental Poster
    • Global warming
    • Earth is our common planet
    • Water pollution
    • Air pollution
    • Living planet
  3. Eco-Culture
    • Conscience, freedom and creativity
    • Ethics and spirituality
    • Preservation of the cultural environment

International Jury

Master classes and lectures for the upcoming exhibition will be conducted by members of the International Jury of the Triennial, among whom are highly distinguished foreign designers, who are well known in the international designers' circles. The judges for the 2012 exhibition are:
  • Lex Drewinski (Germany)
  • Radovan Jenko (Slovenia)
  • Anna Naumova (Russia)
  • Vitaly Shostya (Ukraine)
  • Martin Woodtli (Switzerland)

For further information, visit the 4 Block triennial website, or contact:

T +38 057 706 4823
F +38 057 706 4823
M +38 096 444 14 20

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