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

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Futurism is an outstanding phenomenon of world art history originated in Italy.

Bacila futuryzmu, “bacteria of Futurism,” according to the metaphorical definition of Mykhail Semenko (1922), began to spread around the world in the early twentieth century. Uncertainty (delirium) and procedurality are at the heart of Futurists’ creative pursuits; hence the name of the exhibition that continues rediscovery by the Mystetskyi Arsenal of Ukraine’s cultural heritage of the twentieth century. This uncertainty, or defocus, encompasses not only Futurism but also the latest trends of the time which reflected upon the art of the future.

At the exhibition we will trace the path of futurism: “Infection” occurred with the ideas of new art in Ukraine took place during Volodymyr Izdebskyi’s “Salons” organized in Odesa, Kyiv, Kherson, and Mykolaiv (1909, 1911).

In the first third of the twentieth century, the search for a universal style continued. If we consider Futurism in a broader historical context, the starting point is Cubo-Futurism, quite limited and even scandalous for the conservative public. At the same time, the experiments of the Burliuk brothers or Oleksandra Ekster, geographically connected with Ukraine, remained part of the all-Russian, cosmopolitan artistic discourse of the 1910s. Organically linked to the process of industrialization and urbanization, Futurism did not gain widespread influence within the predominantly agrarian province of the Russian Empire. For the same reasons, it did not find a response in Austria-Hungary and, later, in its former territories because the then-Galicia was a “decent province on the outskirts of Europe” (Andrij Bojarov).

The most radical vision of new art in the 1920s was proposed by Futurists. In the context of the then-popular notion of the death of art, Mykhail Semenko formulates his theory of “destruction.” For him, Futurism is a transition from the art of the past to the future. Experiment and provocation, mixing serious and ridiculous, political and domestic—such was the path of the destruction. Eventually, the destruction will push Ukrainian art, mired in ethnographic discourse, to the European level.

The Futuromarennia project is not about art only. It is, above all, about society and individuals that face the challenges of the day, be it social, economic, or ideological. Civilization goes through this cycle repeatedly, facing new experiences and inevitably fantasizing about the future.

Curatorial text for the “FUTUROMARENNIA” exhibition.


  • Curatorial group
    Viktoriia Velychko
    Ihor Oksametnyi

    Project manager

    Oleksandr Pryn

    Yuliia Vaganova
    Olha Melnyk
    Anna Pohribna

    Museum supervision
    Olenka Onohda

    Exhibition architecture
    Lera Guevska

    Graphic design
    Kostyantyn Martsenkivskyi

    Technical director
    Serhii Diptan

    Educational program
    Sofia Riabchuk
    Anastasia Yablonska
    Julia Berdiarova
    Nicole Katenkari
    Kateryna Makarova

    PR-communications coordination
    Tetyana Pushnova
    Sophia Kushch

    Project consultants
    Andrij Bojarov
    Hanna Veselovska
    Dmytro Horbachov
    Yevhen Demenok
    Alla Zahaikevych
    Oleksandr Teliuk
    Olena Kashuba-Volvach
    Tetiana Pavlova
    Yaryna Tsymbal

  • Project partners
    V. H. Zabolotnyi State Scientific Architecture and Construction Library
    Ethnography and Art Crafts Museum of the Institute for Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
    Kyiv History Museum
    Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema of Ukraine
    V. I. Vernadskyi National Library of Ukraine
    Kyiv Art Gallery National Museum
    National Museum of Literature of Ukraine
    National Taras Shevchenko Museum
    National Art Museum of Ukraine
    Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre
    Odesa Regional History Museum
    Odesa Literature Museum
    Kharkiv Literature Museum
    Kharkiv Art Museum
    S. I. Vasylkivskyi Kharkiv Art Gallery
    Kherson Regional Museum of Local Lore
    Dnipro Art Museum
    Central State Archive-Museum of Literature and Art of Ukraine
    H. S. Pshenychnyi Central State Cinema, Photo and Phono Archive of Ukraine

    Private collections
    Andrii Adamovskyi
    Dmytro Horbachov
    Tetiana and Borys Grynyov
    Yevhen Demenok
    Eduard Dymshyts
    Oleksandr Markov
    Yaryna Tsymbal


  • Institutional partners
    Senator Apartments
    Premier Hotels and Resorts
    Universal Clinic “Oberig”

    Media partners
    UA: Ukrainian Radio
    Radio ROKS
    Media Light Group