On May 18-27 Kyiv is to play host to the annual art festival Kyiv Art Week

On May 18-27 Kyiv is to play host to the annual art festival Kyiv Art Week

From May 18 to May 27, Kyiv will host the third international art festival Kyiv Art Week. The event will include a dozen of museums and art spaces presenting exhibitions and projects of signature foreign and Ukrainian artists.

A separate major event, just like last year, will be the Kyiv Art Fair at the Toronto-Kyiv exhibition hall located at 100 Velyka Vasylkivska Str. Throughout May 23-27 two floors of the hall with a total area of 4,000 sqm will turn into a fair of contemporary art – best exhibits from over thirty leading global and Ukrainian galleries and private foundations. In 2017, the exhibition featured works of Picasso, Giacometti and Banksy. This year’s ‘celebrities’ will be announced closer to the event date.

One of the premises of the Kyiv Art Fair will be reserved for the Užupis Republic embassy. This is a free art state located in Vilnius. The access to its territory even during the fair will, most likely, be only possible by presenting a foreign passport. Representatives of the international art symposium BIRUCHIY are also preparing a special project for the event. The Kyiv Art Fair will feature a lecture hall, activities for kids, a music program and food and beverage stands.

The Kyiv Art Week is being held upon the initiative of Ukrainian cultural institutions and figures with the support of the Kyiv City State Administration. The event is designed to raise the interest of Ukrainians towards art and the interest of the representatives of the world art scene towards Kyiv as a European cultural brand.

Every year, the organizers choose an important topic for the city and dedicate to it a flurry of activities, film screenings, lectures and discussions. The topic of this year’s Kyiv Art Week will touch upon the issue of integrating the Soviet-era monuments into the public space of modern Kyiv.

For example, on May 18, as part of the opening of KAW, a presentation will be held of the restored fragment of the Walls of Memory monument by Volodymyr Melnichenko and Ada Rybachuk. The event will take place on the Baykova Mountain where the memorial composition dedicated to life and death was destroyed in 1982, buried under concrete by the order of the Ukrainian Communist Party. A fundraising campaign will be launched for complete restoration of the memorial.

Here’s a selected list of museums, institutions and art spaces taking part in the Kyiv Art Week 2018: Khanenko Museum of Western and Oriental Art, National Museum ‘Kyiv Art Gallery’, Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Modern Art Research Institute, Closer Art Centre, Scherbenko Art Centre, University of Arts London (Saint Martin's), Dymchuk Gallery, Institut Français d'Ukraine, the Embassy of Lithuania in Ukraine.  They are lending support to execution of art projects of Ukrainian and world artists, which will be open for everyone to visit and enjoy.

To follow news on the Kyiv Art Week, please visit www.facebook.com/KyivArt. The page will soon start publishing initial details about the fair’s participants and projects.


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Media accreditation: Alisa Mallen, am@kyivartweek.com