KYIV, Ukraine, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ -
17th May - 30th July 2012
The Inaugural International Biennale of Contemporary Art in the Ukraine,
'ARSENALE' will open in Kyiv on 17th May 2012, at the National Culture and Art Museum Complex 'Mystetskyi
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It has been organised through a collaboration of the Ministry of Culture
of Ukraine, the Kyiv City State Administration, the State Directory for
Affairs, and the 'Mystetskyi Arsenal.'
Mykhailo Kulyniak, Minister of Culture said: "Ukraine has been waiting for such a powerful cultural initiative
as the first Kyiv Biennale for a long time. I believe that this
innovative project will certify new benchmarks in the state cultural
politics. Due to the first Kyiv Biennale, Ukraine will present its new
image to the international art community - an image of the country for
the 21st Century."
A further objective for the Biennale is to help to stimulate the
development of Kyiv's tourism infrastructure, while simultaneously
strengthening the status of Kyiv as an international dynamic cultural
The organisers of 'ARSENALE' also unveiled the appointment of eminent
curator David Elliot as Artistic Director. Elliot most significantly
curated the 17th Sydney Biennale, The Beauty of Distance. He was also the founding
Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokoyo, Director of Moderna Museet
in Stockholm, and was the first Director of the Istanbul Museum of
David Elliot:Curator of Arsenale, said "In my opinion, the international art community's perception of
Ukraine as a former Soviet country has exhausted itself. Therefore it
is a big challenge for me to become a curator of Ukrainian Biennale, to
open not only a new unique space of Mystetskyi Arsenal to the world,
but also offer a new vision of the country and its art, which can be
quite valuable for the development of the global artistic context."
The First International Biennale Exhibition, 'The Best of Times, The
Worst of Times, Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art,' takes as
its central theme the cyclical nature of contemporary art and explores
how it relates both to our lives today, and to our continually changing
perspectives of the past and the future.
This world-class event will bring together contemporary art from all
over the world, including Ukraine and the CIS States.
This will be the first in a series of Biennale exhibitions to be held in
Mystetskyi Arsenal. Out of the numerous Biennale events worldwide, the
Kyiv's Biennale will be one of the few, organised around a permanent
This major new art complex, in the centre of the city, is set to
establish Kyiv as one of the leading art and cultural venues in Europe.
It has been created from a former historic garrison, and later military
arsenal, built in the late 18th Century.
Nataliia Zabolotna, Director of Mystetskyi Arsenal said: "Mystetskyi Arsenal is an ambitious project to establish new
standards in the cultural life of Ukraine, with outstanding exhibitions
that will win international renown. Art has the power to inspire and
build bridges, and our goal is to bring Ukraine's artistic and cultural
heritage onto the world stage."
NOTES TO EDITORS
Commissar of ARSENALE:
Curator of ARSENALE:
Curator of the Special Program:
Curator of the Theoretical
Nataliia Zabolotna (Ukraine)
David Elliot (Great Britan/Germany)
Olexandr Soloviov (Ukraine)
Ekaterina Degot (Russia)
PARALLEL PROGRAM 'ARSENALE' will present a parallel program in a
variety of cultural institutions, and public spaces of Kyiv.
Mystetskyi Arsenal website:
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SOURCE Arsenale 2012
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