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An exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian and Polish art “ART WORK” was opened in Mystetskyi Arsenal on June 29. This exhibition is a joint project of Mystetskyi Arsenal and the City Gallery in Wroclaw.


The focus of the project is the work of artists and people involved in the art industry of Ukraine and Poland and the ambiguous relationship of the artist and the art market. The second important emphasis is a change in the traditional notion of work in society, the main challenge for which is the rapid reduction of jobs due to the comprehensive automation and development of artificial intelligence.


The exhibition features works by 26 Polish and 34 Ukrainian artists: Sylwester Ambroziak, APL315, Julia Beliaeva, Marcin Berdyszak, Svitlana Biedarieva, Andrij Bojarov, Michael Buksha, Uliana Bychenkova, Evgeniy Chernyshov, Bolesław Chromry, Julia Curyło, Tomasz Domański, Dmytro Erlikh, Michał Frydrych, Igor Gaidai, Anatoly Gankevich, Katarzyna Górna, Igor Gusev, Rafał Jakubowicz, Kornel Janczy, Boris Kashapov, Ute Kilter, Olga Kisseleva, Adrian Kolarczyk, Dmitriy Koloskow, Darya Koltsova, Alina Kopytsa, Kacper Lecnim, Diana Lelonek, Pavel Markman, Karolina Mełnicka, Roman Mikhaylov, Mariusz Mikołajek, Alexander Milstein, Eugeniusz Minciel, Roman Minin, Yevgen Nikiforov, OK.ART, Dominika Olszowy, Viktor Pokidanets, Tomasz Poznysz, Karol Radziszewski, Irmina Rusicka , Oleksiy Sai, Arsen Savadov, Solomiia Savchuk, Nikita Shalenny, Janek Simon, Yaroslav Solop, Michał Stachyra, Mikołaj Starowieyski, Szuper Gallery (Susanne Clausen & Pavlo Kerestey), Karolina Szymanowska, Mariusz Tarkawian, Oleg Voronko, Vova Vorotniov, Robert Wałęka, Semen Xramtsov, Alina Yakubenko, Aleksey Yalovega, Stephan Riabchenko.


All people involved in the artistic process are often come across the fact that outside the artistic field people think that artists do not work at all or they simply pretend to work“, – noted at the opening of the exhibition Alisa Lozhkina, the curator of contemporary art projects of Mystetskyi arsenal.

For an outside observer, many works of art look unclear or unusual, and they see little connection between the hours spent on creating of art object and its value. So we decided to draw attention to the question, what does the work of the artist mean? If artists work, how do they do that? What is the work of people involved in the art industry like? “- said Lozhkina.

An independent curator from Warsaw, Eva Sulek, said that the project was inspired by a story of her friend who constantly complained about his artist girlfriend.


“My friend told me that she sleeps until eleven o’clock in the afternoon, drinks coffee and draws. At a time when he has to go to work every day. And then I realized that many problems, surrounding the artist, stem from a misunderstanding of the role and position of the artist in society. Therefore, at this exhibition, I wanted to show through our projects, through our works, those problems that deeply affect the artist and the artistic world. And also, I would like to reflect on the connection between the artist and the viewer and actually build this connection between them,” – said Eva Sulek at the opening ceremony.

Olesya Ostrovskaya-Ljuta, the director general of Mystetskyi Arsenal, noted that the project presents works by Ukrainian artists from Kherson, Odessa, Kharkiv and Lviv, which not so often can be seen in Kyiv.


I think that the exhibition concept is very interesting: What is the work today? Are we resting or working now? This is an issue that is now very acute in the artistic world. At the moment when we are reading, are we resting or working? If we came to the exhibition and did not get pleasure, it means that we come there to rest, or did we come there to work our feelings or our intellect? The exhibition is also about this“, – said Olesya Ostrovska-Luta.

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The exhibition will be opened in Mystetskyi Arsenal last until July 30.

On August 30, 2017, the opening of the exhibition project will be held in City Gallery in Wroclaw.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.