Exhibition about Chervonohrad, tanks of Revkovsky and Rachinsky, lecture by Timothy Snyder, academic and electronic concerts, exhibition of Ukrainian Art in Paris: events in February

8 february, 2024

Featured Art Events in Ukraine

"Mickey Mouse’s Steppe" by Daniil Revkovsky and Andriy Rachinsky

Dates: February 2, 2024 – May 5, 2024
Address: Odesa, Sofiivska Street, 5A, (Odesa National Fine Arts Museum)
Operating Hours: Tue–Sun, 11:00 – 17:00
Ticket price: 100 UAH

Organizer(s): Odesa National Fine Arts Museum, Past / Future / Art

Andriy Rachynsky, Danyil Revkovsky, "Mickey Mice Steppe". Archives, 2022–2023. A series of photographs and drawings on paper. Source: Provided by Past / Future / Art platform.
"Mickey Mouse’s Steppe" presents an artistic research by Daniil Revkovsky and Andriy Rachinsky, based on the fact that more tanks were destroyed on the territory of Ukraine than in any other country in the world. In the exhibition, artists have collected an archive of photographs of knocked-down tanks on the territory of Ukraine over the past 100 years.

The project's title refers to the nickname German soldiers gave during World War II to Soviet BT-7 and T-34-76 tanks of the 1942 model — Mickey Mouse. The open hatches of the machines reminded them of the ears of the Disney character. The phantasmagoria of this metaphor is reflected in the alternative-historical part of the project — a series of drawings that, according to legend, will be found in Kharkiv in 2153. The exhibition also features a short film, "Mickey Mouse’s Steppe. The Seekers," shot in 2022 in the Kharkiv region.

"Assembly Scheme": "Chervonohrad" by Yuriy Bolsa

Dates: February 6, 2024 – February 18, 2024
Address: Kyiv, Antonovycha Street, 102–104 (M17 Contemporary Art Center)
Operating Hours: Tue–Sun, 11:00 – 20:00 (On February 18, 2024, M17 will be closed for technical reasons)
Ticket price: Admission by registration
Registration: https://bit.ly/496xZ1d

Organizer(s): M17 Contemporary Art Center

Yuriy Bolsa, "80100", 2021. Source: supportyourart.com
"Chervonohrad" is a variable exhibition by artist Yuriy Bolsa, which is part of the larger "Assembly Scheme" project, focused on presenting artists from art studios at the Kyiv Institute of Automation. The exhibition tells the personal story of the artist's connection to his hometown, Chervonohrad, in the Lviv region. Bolsa finds it important to speak about it, as it is one of many industrial cities that few people know about. In the exhibition, he strings together memories, emotions, and events that influenced the development of Chervonohrad and the artist himself.

"Assembly Scheme" tells the history of art workshops at the Kyiv Institute of Automation through the works of over 60 artists.

”Kyiv Dispatch gets packed” concert: "Thirteen Stories in the Dark" audio tale

Date: February 8, 2024
Address: Kyiv, Yaroslaviv Val Street, 7 (House of Actors)
Time: 19:00
Ticket price: 200–250 UAH

Organizer(s): Ukho Music Agency
Curator(s): Sasha Andrusyk

“Kyiv Dispatch gets packed” concert poster with "Thirteen Stories in the Dark" audio fairy tales, 2024. Source: instagram.com
The concert will present a selection of children's audio tales based on the "Thirty Stories in the Dark" book by Halyna Tkachuk. It is a collection of absurd and comic horror stories for which the author received the "BBC Children's Book of the Year" award. The music will be created live by ujif_notfound, assisted by Alisa Gaspid (electronics) and Yevhen Ulyanov (percussion).

The Ukho music agency organizes concerts of academic and improvisational music in Kyiv, founded by Yevhen Shymalsky and Sasha Andrusyk (executive producer — Kateryna Sula).

Presentation of the Ukrainian translation of “The Coming Community” by Giorgio Agamben

Date: February 9, 2024
Address: Kyiv, Mykilska Lane, 1/25 (Sens)
Time: 19:00
Ticket price: Free Admission

Organizer(s): Cultural Institution "Mizhvukhamy"
Co-organizer(s): Synteza publishing house, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Kiev, Sens bookstore

The cover of the Ukrainian edition of “The Coming Community” by Giorgio Agamben, a study by Matvii Weisberg for Piero di Cosimo's painting “The Construction of the Palace” (2003), private collection. Source: syntezapublishing.com
The Ukrainian edition of "The Coming Community" by contemporary Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is the first result of the work of students of the School of Translators, founded by the cultural institution "Mizhvukhamy." The translation was done by students of the class taught by Ivan Ivashchenko. This book will be the first publication of the newly created publishing house "Synteza." Representatives of all parties, as well as philosopher Taras Lutyi, will talk about the value of Ukrainian translations of world philosophy at the event.

"Highlight" exhibition: Artist talk by Mykhaylo Palinchak

Date: February 10, 2024
Address: Kyiv, Lavrska Street, 28, Mala Gallery of the Mystetskyi Arsenal
Time: 15:00
Ticket price: Admission by registration
Registration: https://bit.ly/3UxmJGB

Organizer(s): Mala Gallery of the Mystetskyi Arsenal, Mystetskyi Arsenal
Moderator(s): Olena Huseinova

Photo by Mykhaylo Palinchak, Borodyanka, April 6, 2022. Source: lb.ua
"Highlight" is a solo photo exhibition by war photographer Mykhaylo Palinchak, who documented Russian military crimes in Kherson, Izyum, Bucha, Yahidne, and at the Chernobyl NPP. During the artist talk, you can learn about the experience of photoshoots in de-occupied cities and ask your own questions.

Mykhaylo Palinchak (1985, Uzhhorod) is a Ukrainian documentary and street photographer, currently living and working in Kyiv.

Open Studios Day at the Kyiv Institute of Automation

Date: February 10, 2024
Address: Kyiv, Nahirna Street, 22 (Institute of Automation)
Operating Hours: 12:00–20:00
Ticket price: Free Admission

Organizer(s): Institute of Automation

The first Open studios day at the Institute of Automation in 2024. At the event, visitors can see the work of 22 young female and male artists.

"Hypogonadism": audiovisual live performance by Ujif_notfound

Date: February 11, 2024
Address: Kyiv, Lavrska Street, 10 (Mystetskyi Arsenal)
Time: 14:00
Ticket price:  60–250 UAH

Organizer(s): Mystetskyi Arsenal

The performance by Georgiy Potopalsky, known under the pseudonym Ujif_notfound, is part of the Coexistence with Darknessproject by Mystetskyi Arsenal. It focuses on the understanding and representation of power outages introduced in Ukraine after the start of Russian shelling of critical energy infrastructure in 2022.

Ujif_notfound is a media project created in Kyiv in 2007 by Georgiy Potopalsky. His practice is based on live performances with the generation of sound and visual streams in real-time. During the events, the artist creates a unique audiovisual space that exists only during the performance, and its precise reproduction is almost impossible.

Concert of Ukrainian avant-garde composer Vsevolod Zaderatsky

Date: February 22, 2024
Address: Kyiv, Malopidvalna Street, 21/8 (MUSIC HUB)
Time: 19:00
Ticket price: Admission by registration
Registration: https://bit.ly/3U4HVU5

Organizer(s): VERE MUSIC FUND

Vsevolod Zaderatsky. Source: varianty.lviv.ua
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear works (preludes, "porcelain cups," and "microbes of lyrics") by Ukrainian composer and pianist of the 20th century Vsevolod Zaderatsky. He is considered a precursor to Russian musical avant-garde, predicting the musical discoveries of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and German composer Paul Hindemith. Performers: Roman Repka and Olexandra Soroka (piano).

MUSIC HUB is a space for young musicians and listeners created by the VERE MUSIC FUND foundation.

Ukrainian Projects Abroad

Kyiv Perennial in Berlin

Dates: February 23, 2024 – June 9, 2024
Address: Berlin, Germany (nGbK am Alex, station urbaner kulturen/nGbK Hellersdorf, Between Bridges, Prater Galerie)
Operating Hours: Variable
Ticket price: Free admission

Organizer(s): Kyiv Biennale
Co-organizer(s): nGbK am Alex, station urbaner kulturen/nGbK Hellersdorf, Between Bridges, Prater Galerie
Curator(s): Jörg Heiser, Shahin Zarinbal, Serhiy Klymko, Constanze Musterer, Viktor Neumann, Lena Prents, Chan Mileva Rastovich, Wolfgang Tillmans
Art Director: Vasyl Cherepanyn

Poster of the Kyiv Perennial in Berlin, 2024. Source: instagram.com
The Kyiv Perennial, organized by the Kyiv Biennale, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Maidan revolution and the war of Russia against Ukraine. As a continuation of the Kyiv Biennale 2023, this project will bring together four locations in Berlin. The first event will be a lecture by historian Timothy Snyder titled "Wonder Woman and Orcs: Ukrainian History and Western Legends" on February 16 at 18:00 (Berlin time). On February 23, the project team will hold a press conference for the media. Details of other events can be found in the program.

The exhibition is based on the idea of "perenniality," which signifies "durability," "resilience," or "persistence." It will showcase works by Ukrainian artists focusing on urgent issues of wartime reality: questions of military trauma, emigration, socio-political polarization in European societies, and decolonial tendencies in contemporary Eastern European culture and politics.

BIRUCHIY–BOROWIEC 023: collective exhibition in Warsaw

Dates: January 25, 2024 – February 15, 2024
Address: Warsaw, Poland, Ludwika Zamenhofa Street, 1 (Ukrainian House)
Operating Hours: Mon–Sat, 10:00 – 18:00
Ticket price: Free admission

Organizer(s): BIRUCHIY–BOROWIEC 023 residency, Ukrainian House in Warsaw
Curator(s): Hennadiy Kozub

Oksana Solop, "Sunflower Life", 2023. Source: provided by the organizers.
The exhibition brings together works created during 433-447 days of full-scale war by artists from the BIRUCHIY–BOROWIEC 023 residency. This is the second residency of the Ukrainian BIRUCHIY CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECT since the start of the “big war” of Russia against Ukraine.

The works at the exhibition, created by artists from Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland, focus on the legacy of the totalitarian regime that affected these countries. Here, artists reflect on the local context of the city of Borowiec, explore points of intersection in terms of the colonial influence of the USSR and RF, and also consider themes of corruption, social inequality, and other pressing issues in their countries.

“Don't Forget Me” in Paris

Dates: January 18, 2024 – March 2, 2024
Address: Paris, France, 54 Jacob Street (Perspective Galerie)
Operating Hours: Tue–Sat, 11:00 – 18:30

Organizer(s): Perspective Galerie
Curator(s): Ksenia Ulyanova

A frame from Sasha Tebula's video work. Source: provided by the organizers.
The "Don't Forget Me" exhibition brings together the works of six artists, four of whom are Ukrainians. APL315, Yuliia Belyaeva, Masha Silchenko, Timur Postovyi, as well as Norman Brenedt and Sacha Teboul, will present works in various techniques: sculpture, photography, and painting. They all interact with each other, based on the idea of memory and its importance in understanding the modern world.

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