Andriy Sahaidakovsky. Scenery. Welcome!Exhibitions

Andriy Sahaidakovsky. Scenery. Welcome!

Andriy Sahaidakovsky. Scenery. Welcome!
Мистецький Арсенал
вул. Лаврська, 10-12
Київ, Київська область 01010

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Andriy Sahaidakovsky. Scenery. Welcome! is an exhibition project of Mystetskyi Arsenal, which continues the line of representation of prominent names in the recent history of Ukrainian art, which includes personal exhibitions of Oleg Holosiy, Kirill Protsenko, Oleksandr Hnylytsky. Among those already implemented, Andriy Sahaidakovsky’s project is distinguished by its experimental nature — the space of the Arsenal will be transformed into a total installation created by the artist. This will allow to fully immerse oneself in the artist’s work and to see his method in action.

Curatorial Intro to the Andriy Sahaidakovsky. Scenery. Welcome! Exhibition

Sahaidakovsky’s creative method is based on the use of familiar things in an unusual way. In his work, the artist uses anomalous sounds, pungent and specific odors, “trash” materials, gnarly inscriptions. His installations literally wrap and at the same time split the closed structure of the exhibition space, decontextualize it. Given this, the scenery as a motif of combining the real and the illusion becomes one of the through lines of the exhibition. First of all, the scenery is designed to create a visual image of the “exhibition performance” unfolding in the halls. The viewer has the opportunity to decide how to interpret the informational and semantic components of the set scenery. After all, they allow you to constantly swap the illusion and reality and thus disorient the visitor, to bring a bit of doubt into his or her perception, to turn over the conventional optics of recognizing the visible. Such scenery is like a game with exhibition halls and inside them. It is interesting to wander in space in fascinating anticipation of what will happen next, what will show up in the next halls, what else the author will offer.

About Andriy Sahaidakovsky’s works “Who are you, doctor?” and “Dancer”, which since 2019 became a part of the collection of Mystetskyi Arsenal.
Video: Oleksandr Popenko © Mystetskyi Arsenal

The exhibition traces several series of works that are subtly intertwined thematically and stylistically: the body as a fragment, anatomical studies, bodily equilibristics, cinema, children-warriors, and children’s games, sports exercises. It is no coincidence that the main theme of our exhibition is sports. But in this project it is not an illustration of the motto “faster, higher, stronger”, but rather a model of life, a reflection of the concept of homo ludens – “playing human”. The artist enjoys playing his own game, inventing mystified competitions-entertainments. He invents rules, designs scenery for his exercises and disciplines, thus creating his own sports space imaginary, which is aesthetically in tune with the theatre of the absurd.

Andriy Sahaidakovsky was born in 1957 in Lviv. In 1979, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Lviv Polytechnic Institute. In 2012, Andriy Sahaidakovsky became the winner of the First Kyiv International Biennial of Contemporary Art ARSENALE AWARDS in the ARSENALE Discovery category. Lives and works in Lviv.


  • Curatorial group
    Solomia Savchuk
    Oleksandr Soloviov
    Pavlo Gudimov

    Project manager
    Maksym Gorbatskyi

    Yuliіa Vahanova
    Anna Pohribna

    Museum supervision
    Ihor Oksametnyi

    Graphic design
    Alla Sorochan

    Technical director
    Serhii Diptan

    Technical support
    Serhii Nosachov
    Andrii Kasperskyi
    Roman Honcharenko
    Vitalii Ternovyi
    Petro Tarnavskyi

    Educational program
    Sofia Riabchuk
    Nicole Katenkari
    Kateryna Makarova

    PR-communications coordination
    Dariia Zhdanova

    Photo and video documentation
    Oleksandr Popenko

    Coordination of partners and visitors services
    Yuliia Kolomak
    Tetiana Poterukha
    Lesia Lukiantets
    Mariia Hromova
    Yevheniia Pavlova

  • Catalogue coordination
    Natasha Chychasova

    Catalogue design and layout
    Lera Guevska

    Print coordination
    Anna Zatelepa
    Inna Bondar

    Installation team
    Oleksandr Butenko
    Vitalii Hrushko
    Ihor Trotsenko
    Yurii Melnychuk
    Dmytro Hashynov

    Legal support
    Yuliia Rozenko
    Oleksandr Tymchuk

    Public procurement
    Anna Sofishchenko

    Accountant service
    Zhanna Belets
    Maryna Zotova
    Larysa Kulchytska
    Tamara Kondratenko

    Grant management
    Iryna Bilan

    Administrative service
    Halyna Tereshchenko
    Nataliia Shramko
    Olena Shevchenko

  • The project is implemented with support of Ukrainian Cultural Foundation

    Ukrainian Cultural Foundation – state institution created in 2017 as new model competition-based state funding and promotion of initiatives in the field of culture and creative industries. Foundation’s activity, according to current law, is integral part of the policy and determined priorities of Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.


    Our special gratitude to:

    Project partners
    “Ya Gallery” Pavlo Gudimov Art Centre
    National Art Museum of Ukraine
    Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

    Private collections
    Pavlo Martynov
    Grynyov Art Collection
    Yevhen Karas
    Vlodko Kostyrko