ART WORKExhibitions


Мистецький Арсенал
вул. Лаврська, 10-12
Київ, Київська область 01010

The «ART WORK» exhibition is a project of Mystetskyi Arsenal and Galeria Mieska (Wroclaw, Poland). It was held at Mystetskyi arsenal from June 29 to July 30, 2017.  

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 6 Polish and 34 Ukrainian artists: Sylwester Ambroziak, APL315, Julia Beliaeva, Marcin Berdyszak, Svitlana Biedarieva, Andriy Boyarov, 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, Stephan Riabchenko, 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 Khramtsov, Alina Yakubenko, Aleksey Yalovega.

Alisa Lozhkina

project curator

Since the 20th century, a contemporary artist has a reputation of a liberal system trickster – a person who managed to win the right to a relative freedom from the need to participate in the public labor. In a sense, a contemporary artist can be defined as a person who has no fixed work schedule. But this does not mean that artists work less than other society members. What are the specific features of the artwork? What place in this system of work occupy persons, who are not direct producers of artistic objects, but who ensure the existence of an infrastructure of contemporary art such as curators, critics, art historians, gallery girls, etc.?

Ewa Sulek

project curator

I wanted to talk about work and play with the language – being both serious and to wink at the viewer. The conception of “Art Work” is based on the multiple meaning of the word. Work – is it something that we just do all day? Is it what brings us income? Is it an outcome of some better or worse organised set of actions? Art Work is a starting point to have a closer look at artist’s work, the mechanisms of functioning on the art market, the way he and his works are perceived by the audience.

We decided to combine Polish and Ukrainian art, because we found a lot of common issues when it comes to artist’s work and life. I was discussing the problems of the art market in Poland and Ukraine with Alisa Loshkina since 2014, when I first came to Kiev to research on Ukrainian art. The concept developed since that time from very serious, to more playful. I didn’t only want the viewer to be overwhelmed by the amount of problems art world is experiencing all the time. I wanted him to get closer to the artist and his work, to understand him and maybe to like him a bit.


  • Project curators

    Alisa Lozhkina
    curator of Mystetsky Arsenal projects

    Ewa Sulek
    independent curator, Warsaw


  • Assistant curators

    Oleksandr Parkhomenko
    Małgorzata Mituła