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Mystetskyi Arsenal will not be able to open exhibition as planned: most of all we value health of the citizens and our communityAbout Us

Mystetskyi Arsenal will not be able to open exhibition as planned: most of all we value health of the citizens and our community

Considering the risks associated with the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), also government-implemented measures to counteract this spread, Mystetskyi Arsenal will not be able to open a new project Imprint. Ukrainian printmaking of the XX – XXI centuries for visitors.  Mala Gallery is temporarily closed – there is exhibition (Re)Contexts. Fragments. Arsenal Art Shop is also closed for quarantine.

The grand opening of the project Imprint. Ukrainian printmaking of the XX – XXI centuries was scheduled for March 19, and from March 20 to May 3 the exhibition had to work for visitors. Arsenal and project curators Iryna Borovets and Kateryna Pidhaina have worked on its preparation for almost two years, it tells about more than a century of Ukrainian engraving art transformation.

Photo by Oleksandr Popenko

The director of Mystetskyi Arsenal Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta:

The Program Board of Mystetskyi Arsenal selected this exhibition as the winner of the curatorial projects competition about two years ago. The Arsenal Museum Department, Contemporary Art Department, designers – the whole team – worked extensively on the project with the artists and curators of the exhibition. Till the end we hoped to mount and prepare it for opening immediately after quarantine. However, further work on the project has risks for the team and contractors so we decided to paused the installation: most of all we value health of the citizens and our community. The works that have arrived in the Arsenal for exposure will be stored in our repositories until the end of quarantine.”

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Photos by Oleksandr Popenko

Mystetskyi Arsenal continues to work on preparation of X International Book Arsenal Festival, as planned it takes place from May 20 till May 24, 2020. However, if the level of threat increases, Mystetskyi Arsenal is ready to move Book Arsenal to another period.