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27 september, 2023

Key art events in Ukraine

Exhibition «Chimera» by Ksenia Bilyk

Dates: September 22, 2023 — November 5, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 21 Reitarska Street, The Naked Room
Operating Hours: Mon–Sun, 12:00 – 21:00
Ticket Price: Free Admission

Organizer(s): The Naked Room
Curator(s): Lizaveta German, Maria Lanko

Works by Ksenia Bilyk: Untitled Portrait 5" (2023) and "Untitled Portrait 6" (2023). Source:
«Chimera» by Ksenia Bilyk is the artist's first solo exhibition in Ukraine. Textiles, fused glass, tapestry, ceramics—Ksenia primarily works with «decorative and applied» techniques but uses them to embody rather rigid or even perverse images. Over the past few years, the artist has been exploring the mechanisms of constructing collective memory and visual propaganda. Her images, instantly recognizable but devoid of context, act as a trigger that sets off the process of visual unconsciousness. Additionally, the aesthetic seductiveness of the works themselves immerses you in their separate world, filled with fantasy, sensuality, and delight.

Ksenia Bilyk is an artist from Kyiv who explores the impact and power of propaganda and how people construct myths around this theme. She often works with textiles, ceramics, graphics, installations, videos, and other media.

The Naked Room is a contemporary art gallery founded in Kyiv in 2018. Its founders are curators Maria Lanko and Lizaveta German, along with Swiss film director Mark Wilkins. The gallery focuses on presenting underrepresented artists and developing the Ukrainian art market.

Exhibition «Days of the Past Future» by Oleksandra and Vlad Kryshovsky

Dates: September 26, 2023 — October 26, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 9 Tereshchenkivska Street, Kyiv Picture Gallery
Operating Hours: Wed, Fri–Sun, 11:00 – 18:00 (ticket office closes at 17:20), Tue, 11:00 – 19:00 (ticket office closes at 18:20)
Ticket Price: 200/100 UAH

Organizer(s): National Museum «Kyiv Picture Gallery»
The work of Vlad Kryshovsky. Source: National Museum «Kyiv Art Gallery».
The project's title, «Days of the Past Future,» is borrowed from a sci-fi movie. In it, artists who consider themselves part of the art brut movement develop their imagined multiverse. Sequels and prequels, animals, plants, and other phantoms distorted by the author's imagination, continually appear in this series of works. Symbols and meanings from the time of Trypillia to the present intertwine here.

Central themes of the project are memory, maturation, exploration of one's history, and attempts to predict future events, despite the senselessness of such an endeavor. «Ancient Greeks did not perceive the flow of time as we do. The phrase 'look into the future' would not have been appreciated by them because, in their view, a person stands with their face toward the past on the timeline, and the future sneaks up on them from behind. Events of the past are known and evident. Predicting events in the future is impossible. However, some, in pursuit of this desire, turned to an oracle, but we would call its advice a 'joke gone out of control,'» says the project description.

Oleksandra Kryshovska is an artist with an education in psychology, has experience working in a psychiatric hospital, where she led an art therapy and drama therapy group, and later moved into the field of scientific research. In 2016, she started working in the field of art. In artistic practice, he gravitates toward naive and brutal forms, develops themes of physicality, intuition, struggle with fear, and superstition. Lives and works in Kyiv.

Vlad Kryshovskyi is an artist who lives and works in Kyiv. Co-founder of the art competition «Art-Battle». Develops art-brut style.

The Kyiv Picture Gallery is one of Ukraine's key museums, founded in 1922. It preserves over 14,000 works, including icons from the 13th to 17th centuries, portraits by Borovikovsky and Levitsky, and collections of landscape paintings by Aivazovsky, Mykola Ge, Shishkin, and Vasnetsov.
The work of Oleksandra Kryshovska. Source: National Museum «Kyiv Art Gallery».

«Alphabet» in Khvylovy

Dates: September 28, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 14 Verkhniy Val Street, Khvylovy Bar
Operating Hours: 13:00 – 22:00
Ticket Price: Free Admission

Organizer(s): Projector, Khvylovy Bar

«Alphabet» is a project dedicated to Ukrainian font design and symbols of Ukrainian statehood.


— 13:00 — «Lettering» workshop called «Literacy.» It involves collecting and drawing sketches of letters to help understand their construction logic and font characteristics. The workshop is led by Katya Yatsushek, who curates the Typo logo course, has experience working with Reynolds and Reyner, and specializes in illustration, lettering, calligraphy, and studio graphics. As for now, all workshop spots are filled.

— 16:00 — Presentation of the project «Font Alphabet of Ukrainian Identity» by producer Kaya Nashchuk and chief editor Yulia Kleban. They will share their vision of how to promote our visual culture globally.

— 17:00 — Lecture «A Brief History of Ukrainian Font Creation — from Krychevsky to Snarsky.» Research into the history of Ukrainian fonts of the 20th century and the personalities who shaped this history. The lecturer is Olexandra Korchevska-Tsekhosh, the author of the video course «History of Ukrainian Design.»

— 18:00 — Panel discussion «Challenges of the Font Industry Today» featuring prominent Ukrainian typographers Kyrylo Tkachov, Evgen Sadko, Olexandra Korchevska-Tsekhosh, and Olexandr Trehub.

— 19:00 — Party «Alphabet in Khvylovy» featuring the band Warniakannya. Sasha Ushenko and Vlad Spiel are also in the lineup.

Film Screening and Exhibition «Garden of the Gods»

Dates: September 28, 2023 — September 30, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 6 Hrushevskoho Street, National Art Museum of Ukraine
Operating Hours: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: 50 UAH (Exhibition) / 100 UAH (Events)

Organizer(s): National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU)
A still from the film «Garden of the Gods» by Artur Aroyan and Olena Mushynska. Source:
«Garden of the Gods,» directed by Arthur Aroyan and Olena Mushynska, is a documentary film from 2021 that tells the story of the Poltava period in the life of artist Ivan Myasoyedov (from the mid-1890s to 1919). The film focuses on the artist's development, his complex relationships with his father and society, and the creation of the first informal artistic association in Poltava, «Garden of the Gods.»

«Against the background of the famous artists Fedir Krychevsky and Vsevolod Maksymovych, the names of other participants were lost, in particular: Malvina Vernichi — Myasoedov's wife, an Italian dancer, as well as Lyubov Platonova's friend and model. The story of the latter is told by her niece Zoya Kovalenko, who kept several unique photos of her aunt taken by Ivan,» the curators say in the announcement.

The film screening will take place from September 28th to September 30th and will be accompanied by an exhibition (from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM) and public discussions. The exhibition will feature unique archival materials and photographs of Ivan Myasoyedov, a digital archive of works from NAMU's collection, as well as two paintings by Vsevolod Maximovich — «Tsar-Princess» from the museum's collection and «Knight in the Forest,» which has rarely been exhibited before.


September 28th, 5:00 PM — Film screening of «Garden of the Gods» and a discussion with the film crew, including director Arthur Aroyan.

September 29th, 5:00 PM — Film screening of «Garden of the Gods» and a discussion with NAMU experts about the works and archival materials presented at the exhibition.

September 30th, 5:00 PM — Film screening of «Garden of the Gods» and a discussion with the curator of the project «Garden After the Gods» (Center for Contemporary Art JUMP, Poltava, 2021), Anton Usanov, and the senior researcher of the 20th-21st Century Art Department at NAMU, Anna Aliyeva.

Third All-Ukrainian Lefkara Biennale

Dates: September 28, 2023 — October 18, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 21a Yevhena Chykalenko Street, White World Cultural Center
Operating Hours: Wed–Sun, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Opening: September 28, 2023, 6:00 PM
Ticket Price: 100 UAH (half for the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Organizer(s): White World Cultural Center
View of the exposition of the Third All-Ukrainian Levkas Biennale. Source: White World
The All-Ukrainian Lefkara Biennale was founded in 2019 by the Kyiv White World Cultural Center and the world-renowned artist from Lviv, Oleg Denysenko. Over five years, the Biennale has been gathering the best Lefkara artists in Ukraine, showcasing their works, and highlighting the incredible diversity of ideas, approaches, techniques, and embodiments of Lefkara.

The third exhibition will feature 126 artists who share their love for Lefkara as an artistic material, technique, and philosophy.

Exhibition of Contemporary Ukrainian Sculpture «Spaces. Borders. Boundaries»

Dates: September 29, 2023 — November 5, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 2 Khreshchatyk Street, Ukrainian House National Center
Operating Hours: Tue–Sun, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: 50/100 UAH.

Organizer(s): Ukrainian House National Center
Co-organizer(s):  Oschadbank, Visa, in cooperation with Abramovych Sculpture Park, Art Center of Pavlo Hudimov «YA Gallery,» OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH, «Dukat» Art Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Ukrainian Art Korsakiv. The exhibition project is financed with the support of the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, and Finland.
Curator(s): Igor Abramovich, Alisa Hryshanova, Oleksandr Solovyov, Kateryna Tsyhikalo.

View of the exhibition «Spaces. Borders. Boundaries». Source: National Center Ukrainian House.
In the new project «Spaces. Borders. Boundaries,» Ukrainian House invites you on a reflective journey through the multifaceted nature of borders. This exhibition is an attempt to define one's place in the conditions of wartime, to reassemble one's world from fragments of reality, and to find current life scenarios. The exhibition will feature works by 40 Ukrainian artists that go beyond the traditional media of sculpture into the territory of new media, objects, and installations.

Participants in the exhibition: Oleksiy Abramov, Petro Antyp, Yulia Belyaeva, Nazar Bilyk, Stepan Budulak, Vasylyna Buryanyk, Dmytro Grek, Petro Gronskyi, Vasyl Dmytryk, Margaryta Zhurunova and Bohdan Lokatyr, Yehor Zigura, Nikita Zigura, Oleksiy Zolotar, Kostiantyn Zorkin, Anna Ivanova, Zhanna Kadyrova, Vitaly Kokhan, Mykola Kryvenko, Oleksandra Kryshovska, Yevhen Prymachenko, Elena Orap, Dasha Podoltseva, Oleksiy Shmurak, Serhii Radkevich, Daniil Rovenchyn, Stepan Ryabchenko, Volodymyr Semkiv, Yuliy Synkevich, Anatoly Tverdiy, Vasyl Tsagolov, Veronika Cherednychenko, Dasha Chechushkova, Polina Shcherbyna, Denys Shimanskyi, Olga Shtein, and Vladyslav Yudin.

The exhibits were created in various techniques and scales, from an installation on a military theme with a hundred objects in the central hall to sculptural works in intimate spaces. «Navigating between the meaningful nodes of the exhibition, visitors will be able to contemplate applied and metaphysical questions: how vulnerable are geopolitical boundaries in the modern world? Are personal boundaries flexible and changeable? Is it possible to reach the borders of the intangible space? And from there, understand one's limitations and find perspectives,» comment the project's curators.

Lecture by Clemens Poole «Noise, Sound, and Creative Practices»

Dates: September 29, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 6 Mykoly Pynonenka Street, America House Kyiv
Operating Hours: 6:30 PM
Ticket Price: Free admission (limited entrance)
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Organizer(s): America House Kyiv

At this event, American artist Clemens Poole will talk about his research on the concept of creative practice and its audio forms. The lecture will take the form of a discussion and play. The event will focus on new ideas and approaches to creativity, creating new sounds using various instruments, soundscapes and «found sounds,» editing, exploring noise generation and sound manipulation.

Clemens Poole is an artist and curator based in New York and Kyiv. He is a graduate of Cooper Union School of Art, Columbia University, and the London School of Economics. He first came to Ukraine in 2014 to work on a project in Donetsk's IZOLYATSIA, which coincided with the institution's capture. During his second visit to Kyiv, he realized the «Capture» project, addressing the occupation of public spaces. Clemens was the author of the intervention project #onvacation during the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2015 and one of the mentors of the international residency Architecture Ukraine, the results of which were presented as part of the official parallel program of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia Biennale Architettura 2016, La Biennale di Venezia.

America House Kyiv (AHK) is a cultural center for American culture, education, and information in the Kyiv region. They organize English-language programs, training seminars, cultural events, art exhibitions, concerts, and more.

Cxema Daytime

Dates: September 30, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 60 Kyrylivska Street, Collider
Ticket Price: 600/700 UAH

Organizer(s): Cxema
Co-organizer(s): Collider

The legendary series of rave parties, Cxema, became a phenomenon after 2014 and held a central position in electronic music until 2020. However, Cxema stopped organizing large raves due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and later due to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.

Daytime Cxema, scheduled for September 30, 2023, is the second party after a long break. The first took place on May 13 of the same year. Ukrainian digger Ross Khmil, Polish DJ Facheroia, DJ and Kyiv Angels volunteer DJ 69, co-founder of the Pep Gaffe label Tofudj, philosopher and musician Ecce Lizard, and DJ M.Tkachenko will perform at this month's event.

Exhibition «Bull's Blood» at Depot 12/59

Dates: October 1, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 12 Budivelnykiv Street, Depot 12/59
Operating Hours: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Ticket Price: Free admission

Organizer(s): Apartment Gallery Depot 12/59
«But what kind of bull's blood we talk about incessantly, unexpected viscous traces splash on the plates in the decoration of the entrances,» the only announcement available on the Depot 12/59 gallery's Instagram says. The exhibition includes works by Dasha Molokoedova, Nina Laguta, Anastasia Garazd, and Olya Yeremeyeva.

Depot 12/59 is a self-organized apartment gallery in Darnytsia district, founded by Tamara Turlyun and Andriy Lyashchuk in 2021. The works of Anastasia Leliuk, Dmytro Yaroshevskyi, Ola Chikalo, Lada Verbina, Anton Tkachenko, Daniil Nemyrovskyi, Olga Chekotkovskaya and others were exhibited here.

Presentation of the Project Strategy for the Contemporary Culture Center of Kryvyi Rih

Dates: October 1, 2023
Address: Kryvyi Rih, 1A Petra Kalnyshovskoho Street, Diya.Business
Operating Hours: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Ticket Price: Free admission

Organizer(s): NGO «Institute for the Development of the City of Kryvyi Rih,» in collaboration with Open Place and 39.9gallery

The event will present the preliminary concept of the future Contemporary Culture Center and discuss ideas to implement this project. Participants have the opportunity to contribute their suggestions to the concept. The project team includes Yuri Kruchak, Yulia Kostereva, Mariana Kuzemska, Marina Dovhanych, Stanislav Turina, and Kateryna Levchenko.

NGO «Institute for the Development of the City of Kryvyi Rih» is a government analytical center established in 2012.

Open Place is an artists' initiative aimed at the development of creative research and the activation of connections between the artistic process and various strata of modern society.

«The River Wailed Like a Wounded Beast» Program of Kyiv Biennale in Kyiv

Dates: October 5, 2023 — December 29, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 1 Velyka Vasylkivska Street, Dovzhenko Center
Operating Hours: Mon–Fri, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ticket Price: Free admission

Organizer(s): Visual Culture Research Center
Co-organizer(s): Assortment Room (Ivano-Frankivsk), (Vienna), (Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Prague, and Vienna), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), Museum Crisis Center (Lviv), Other Edges, Dovzhenko Centre (Kyiv), and Sorry, No Rooms Available (Uzhgorod)
Curator(s): Oleksandr Teliuk, Aliona Penziy, Stanislav Bityutsky

The project explores the cinematic representation of the conquest of the Dnipro, the positive and negative consequences of waterway industrialization. «On June 6, 2023, Russian forces blew up the dam of the Kakhovka Reservoir, committing another war crime during their full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The social and environmental consequences of this event will only be assessed in the future. We, however, return to the past to explore the processes carried out by Soviet modernization: the construction of a cascade of hydroelectric power stations on the Dnipro and the ideological reevaluation of Ukraine's water resources,» say the curators.

The project's participants will be announced later. Events within the framework of the Kyiv Biennale 2023 will also take place in Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhhorod, Warsaw, Lublin, Vienna, and Antwerp.

The Kyiv Biennale is an international forum for art, knowledge, and politics that brings together exhibitions and discussion platforms. The Biennale applies an interdisciplinary perspective at the intersection of the humanities, socially engaged art, and political activism to make sense of the key issues of the modern world.

Visual concept of Kyiv Biennale 2023. Source:

«On the Periphery of War» Program of Kyiv Biennale in Ivano-Frankivsk

Dates: October 7, 2023 — October 30, 2023
Address: Ivano-Frankivsk, 15 Sichovykh Striltsiv Street, Assortment Room (and other locations)
Operating Hours: Mon–Sun, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Ticket Price: Free admission

Organizer(s): Visual Culture Research Center
Co-organizer(s): Assortment Room (Ivano-Frankivsk), (Vienna), (Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Prague, and Vienna), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), Museum Crisis Center (Lviv), Other Edges, Dovzhenko Centre (Kyiv), and Sorry, No Rooms Available (Uzhgorod)
Curator(s): Aliona Karavai, Anton Usanov, Yarema Malashchuk, and Roman Khimey

In the project, works by Pavel Altgamer, Ivan Bazak, Bohdan Bunchak, Orest Zaborsky, Shayla Kamerich, Roksolana Kit, Zoryana Kozak, Kreizik, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, the musical collective, Darina Mamaysur, Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimey, Henrike Naumann, Valentyna Petrova, Anna Potyomkina, Andriy Rachynsky, Daniil Revkovsky, Maria Rusinkevich, Olesya Sayenko, Waldemar Tatarchuk, Anna Khvyl, Myroslav Yaremak, and si process are presented.

«The logic of war is not constant and changes. We can simultaneously live within the patterns of war, sacrificing and helping, and, in contrast, allowing ourselves pleasure and joy. The coexistence of different orders generates a series of ethical dilemmas and is particularly evident in the rear, often due to feelings of guilt. On the periphery of war, we either cunningly approach zero through volunteering, self-restraint, or the search for an internal enemy, or we move away from the existential experience through enjoyment and sarcasm,» explain the curators.

The Kyiv Biennale is an international forum for art, knowledge, and politics that brings together exhibitions and discussion platforms. The Biennale applies an interdisciplinary perspective at the intersection of the humanities, socially engaged art, and political activism to make sense of the key issues of the modern world.

Valentyn Sylvestrov Concert

Dates: October 15, 2023
Address: Kyiv, 2 Volodymyrskyi uzviz Street, National Philharmonic of Ukraine
Operating Hours: 19:00
Ticket Price: 250–400 UAH

Organizer(s): National Philharmonic of Ukraine
Valentyn Sylvestrov playing the piano. Source:
«Valentyn Sylvestrov gained the status of the most famous Ukrainian composer in the world long before the war. Today, against the backdrop of ruins, deaths, and the pain left by this terrible war, Silvestrov's gentle, tender, and light music has acquired new significance and meaning for us. His works, especially those composed during the war, seem to have been created specifically to comfort and heal wounded souls. One of the composer's new works, Cantata on the poems of Pavlo Tychyna and Volodymyr Sosiura (world premiere), will be performed in the current concert,» say the organizers.

The concert will be performed by the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Natalia Ponomarchuk and with the participation of soloist Inna Galatenko.


— Symphony No. 2 for flute, percussion, piano, and string orchestra;

— Cantata No. 12 on the poems of Taras Shevchenko;

— Cantata No. 8, folk words;

— Cantata No. 11 on the poems of S. Maidanska and V. Shpak;

— Serenade for strings;

— Cantata No. 9 on the poems of Pavlo Tychyna and Volodymyr Sosiura (world premiere).

Valentyn Sylvestrov is a Ukrainian composer and pianist, author of classical music, and laureate of the Shevchenko Prize. In the 1960s, he was a part of the «Kyiv Avant-Garde» group, which was oriented toward new trends in Western European music. In the 1970s, he transitioned from avant-garde to postmodernism. Silvestrov himself refers to his style as «meta-music.»

The Kyiv Chamber Orchestra is a chamber orchestra founded by violinist Anton Sharoev in 1963 in Kyiv. Since 1972, it has been working within the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and gained popularity in the 1970s by playing contemporary music.

Ukrainian Projects Abroad

UKRAINE! UNMUTED: The 5th Triennial of Ukrainian Art «Ukrainian Cross-section»

Dates: September 26, 2023 — November 10, 2023
Address: Peowiaków 12, 20-007 Lublin, Poland
Operating Hours: Tue–Sat, 12:00 – 18:00
Ticket Price: Free Admission

Organizer(s): Institute of Cultural Strategy, NGO «Virmenska 35» (Lviv), Center for Culture in Lublin (Rafal Kozinski, Marisia Artemiuk-Kozinska, Zbigniew Sobchuk), and Biała Gallery (Lublin).
Co-organizer(s): Lviv City Council, Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, ZMIN Foundation, and the International Renaissance Foundation.
Curator(s): Vlodko Kaufman, Sergiy Petlyuk

View of the exposition of the «Ukrainian cut» exhibition. Source: Institute of Culture Strategy
«Ukrainian Cross-section» is a triennial of contemporary Ukrainian art, initiated in 2010 to present Ukrainian art to the world. Since then, the project has been implemented in Lublin (2010, 2013), Wrocław (European Capital of Culture 2016), Kaunas (European Capital of Culture 2022), and Lviv.

At this year's 5th triennial, themed «UKRAINE! UNMUTED,» the following works are presented:

Yana Bachynska, «My Grandfather's Skin» (2020);

Andriy and Liia Dostlievy, «Healing the Wounds of War» (2016–2021);

Fantastic Little Splash group (Lera Malchenko and Oleksandr Hants), «Concrete and Unclear» (2019);

Zhanna Kadyrova, «Palianytsia» (2022);

Alevtyna Kakhidze (in collaboration with Pyotr Armianovsky, Oleksandr Krulikovsky, Anatoly Stepanenko, Anatoly Bondarenko, Roman Kulchitsky, Oleksiy Kovalenko, Mykhailo Zhurba, Liuba Yakymchuk, Vitaliy Chernetsky, and Dzvinka Matiyash), Invasions (2021–2022);

Vlodko Kaufman (in collaboration with Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Yana Krykun, Maxim Mazur, Sergiy Radkevych, Sergiy Savchenko, Natalia Lisova, and Natalia Shymin), «Earth» (2022);

Myro Klochko and Anatoliy Tatarenko, «Peace and Tranquility» (2022);

Sasha Kurmaz, «Bridge» (2019);

Katya Libkind, «A Woman Smiles. A Woman Takes. A Woman Gives Birth. Oval» (2021);

Pavlo Makov, Mappa Mundi (2021);

Sergiy Petlyuk, «When the Fog Clears» (2018);

Vyacheslav Polyakov, «ı.|.ı 2022» (2022);

Andriy Rachynsky and Daniil Revkovsky, «Tail Hiding Place. Jingle, Knock, Dispute, and Gurgle» (2021);

Yuriy Shtayda, Yarina Shumska, Volodymyr Topyo, Natalia Lisova, Vlodko Kaufman, performance.

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