Mystetskyi Arsenal is Ukraine’s flagship cultural institution that brings together various arts – from contemporary art, new music and theater to literature and museum development.

The mission of the Mystetskyi Arsenal is to contribute to modernization of Ukrainian society and Ukraine’s integration into the global context based on the axiological potential of culture.

For this we:

  • broach social issues of immediate interest,
  • establish productive contacts with the international community,
  • introduce outstanding phenomena of artistic and intellectual culture and stimulate their development.

Mystetskyi Arsenal’s projects raise and debate important social issues, provide space for open creation of the future and comprehension of the past. Mystetskyi Arsenal is a platform for interaction with the global cultural community through joint cultural projects.

Mystetskyi arsenal integrates and develops various arts and cultural practices. The integration is done with a help of laboratories, constantly interacting with each other. Thus, various arts develop and enrich each other, and artistic and professional communities find points of intersection and mutual reinforcement. Now at Mystetskyi arsenal operate Literary Laboratory and Laboratory of Contemporary art.

All projects of Mysteskyi Arsenal include a strong educational component. Arsenal acts as a medium between the experts and the general public – it tells about cultural and social phenomena, explains their reasons and trajectories. It is a platform for education and interaction of diverse audiences: adult visitors, children and adolescents, artists and cultural workers.

In 2003 Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum Complex was created from military facility. Today, along with exhibitions, the restoration of the premises continues, as well as work in progress to create a modern museum complex that will represent the history of Ukrainian art from antiquity to the present, will host collections of masterpieces from leading world museums and become a powerful center for the development of creative initiatives. The Old Arsenal building has a total exhibition space of 60,000 m2; currently in use are the first floor with a space of 12,000 m2 and part of the second floor with a space of 12,000 m2.