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A project “INDEPENDENT” was presented in the National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex MYSTETSKYI Arsenal (ART ARSENAL). 


“INDEPENDENT” is the first attempt in Ukraine which scaly outlines the phenomenon of Ukrainian modern art and was born together with the new country.

The project “INDEPENDENT” raised an important question about the museumification of Ukrainian contemporary art which was not fulfilled for 20 years of independency and possibly will contribute to creation of complete collection.

An exposition was based on certain blocks. Each of them characterized transverse effects of the Ukrainian contemporary art. These effects appeared in the process of searching a new visual language by Ukrainian artists, problematic and identity during two decades:

REALITY VS PHANTASM as the peculiarity of Ukrainian contemporary art where the reality is always being bizarre and is reflected with otherworldly effect or implication.

DIALOG WITH THE SCREEN as the influence on creative thinking of artists when an established picturesque plane had to accept new media realities of the world. They were reflected in the number of videos, photos, performances and properly in the tableau.

SOCIAL VIEW/POLITICAL REAGENT reflected important social and political realities on which artists of 1991-2011 reacted.

HISTORY AND MYTH presented «new mythologies» and transformation of the history.

OUT OF THE LIMIT is a bright phenomena which is located out of the common art system.

In the project ”INDEPENDENT” took part around 125 authors. An exposition of the project took the first floor of Mystetskyi Arsenal (ART ARSENAL) with the general area of 10 000 sq. meters.

After visiting the exhibition the viewer had a holistic view about the contemporary Ukrainian art. All characteristic kinds, genres and technologies that where and are in the arsenal of Ukrainian modern art was presented.


The "Independent" became a special program of the Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

Within the project "Independent" in the Mala Gallery of Mysteskyi Arsenal the group exhibition “Lymphatic drainage” took part. The authors were the curators themselves: Bratkov Sergiy, Zarva Sergiy, Volyazlovsky Stas, Dulphan Dmytro, Isupov Illya and APL315. According to the artists’ plan the exhibition included only the most recent work.


Curator Oleksandr Solovyov instead of a preface to the project "Independent" shares his thoughts on the history of Ukrainian contemporary art, conceptual blocks of exposition and summarizes achievements of generations in an interview by Daryna Zholdak - download interview


As part of the educational program Mysteskyi Arsenal organizes a series of workshops for children, which take place every weekend from 12 p.m. to 14 p.m., and also on 24th August from 12 p.m. to 16 p.m. Detailed program can be downloaded here. 



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