Footnote 11: Volodymyrskyi Market

May 20 – 26, 2019

Volodymyrskyi Market

Kyiv, 115 Antonovycha Str.

Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:00


The main building of the Volodymyrskyi Market in Kiev (1968) is one of the markets for consumer goods that were built across Ukraine from the 1960s, as part of a reconfiguration of the trade in the USSR. For the duration of the Kiev Art Week, the building is hosting an exhibition and a series of talks during its usual opening hours which question how the trade is organized by a society and how a society is reorganized by the trade. Focus is put on the building’s striking architecture (by architects G. Ratushynskyy, K. Feldman and engineers B. Bednarskyy and L. Dmitriyev) and trading activities.

Inside are neon signs from the now demolished market “Supersam” in Warsaw. Panels with heterogeneous objects from a bazaar next to Hala Marymoncka in Warsaw extend this portrayal of the last years consumerism in Poland. Candles used in Orthodox Churches in Cyprus, displayed wrapped in newspaper in an installation by Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou suggest ‘commodities among commodities’. A film in time-lapse motion by Polish artist Józef Robakowski condenses a day from the organization of the Red Market in Łódź, while filmic portraits by Artur Żmijewski relate to working conditions of different professions in Poland. In several shops, photographs by French-Polish photographer Nicolas Grospierre highlight aspects of the Volodymyrskyi Market, such as its remarkable roof, and of market places from other cities.

Furthermore, located around the main staircase inside the building, a series of talks conducted in Ukrainian and English about market places in Kiev and Ukraine will take place on May 22 (by architect Alex Bykov), 24 (by architect Ievgeniia Gubkina and urbanist Cyrill Lipatov), and 26 (by architect Oleksandr Burlaka and curator Hanna Tsyba).


Nicolas Grospierre, Marymont, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Józef Robakowski, Artur Żmijewski

TALKS (main staircase):

22 May, 17:00: Alex Bykov, On modernism in Ukrainian architecture

24 May, 17:00: Ievgeniia Gubkina, Cyrill Lipatov, On the functions of covered markets in Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine

26 May, 17:00: Oleksandr Burlaka, Hanna Tsyba, On the Zhitnii Market in Kyiv as an exhibition space


Barbara Piwowarska & Guillaume Rouleau

Footnote is an ongoing project by Barbara Piwowarska commenced in 2010, referencing existing institutions and concepts in the format of exhibitions and interventions. Past iterations include: Footnote 1: Phantom Limb (CCA, Warsaw); Footnote 3: Andrea Fraser (Foksal Gallery, Warsaw); Footnote 6: As Model (Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York); and Footnote 10: Museum of the Unknown (Centre Pompidou, Paris).