AND PROFESSIONAL DISCUSSIONS
AROUND THE CREATION OF MUSEUM
OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN UKRAINE
Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta headed Mystetskyi Arsenal for the second time with a strategy where she set as one of her goals the establishment of a program “Museum of Contemporary Art”. It would consist of in-depth research work (including the collection of MA), long-term exhibition activity, and cooperation with relevant initiatives.
MOCA NGO, in a partnership with architectural office FORMA and the incubator or spaces PlaceR with the support of the Cultural Department of Kyiv City Council, organized the hackathon Anticipation of Space. Where do we create the museum of contemporary art? The goal was to define universal criteria we should count while choosing a place for the Museum of Modern Art and consider possible locations.
The first meeting of the Organizing and Legal Council for the development of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ukraine took place. The expert council members approved the implementation of a complex research project on models and legal mechanisms for the creation of “new-type institutions”.
The first meeting of the Museum activities Council on the development of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ukraine took place. The expert council members approved the Concept of functional zones in the spatial structure of the Museum of Contemporary Art as a basis for the beginning of work on the Concept of the Museum with further refinement.
More than 130 artworks of Ukrainian artists were handed over to the permanent collection of the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture at the initiative of the Ukrainian Club of Contemporary Art Collectors, the Hryniov Foundation, the Museum of the Kharkiv School of Photography, and other donors. Tetiana and Evhenii Pavlov, Zenko Avtanaziv, Leonid Komskyi, Semen Kantor, Yurii Kohutiak, Andrii Adamovskyi, Vadym Morokhovskyi, Evhen Demeniuk, Tetiana Osadcha and Volodymyr Shpilfohel took part in the event.
The Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko stated on social networks that he realizes the importance of creating a Museum of Contemporary Art in Ukraine as a space for visualizing, understanding, and discussing the scenarios of social development and is ready to work with professional community to find a place in Kyiv for the MOCA together.
The Minister of Culture and Information Policy, Oleksandr Tkachenko, held a meeting with representatives of Ukrainian cultural institutions and board members of the MOCA NGO, where he asked the participants for their opinion about the suitability of the Hostynnyi Dvir building for the Museum of Contemporary Art and the first steps that should be taken to implement the project.
An online meeting with representatives of art institutions, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, took place to discuss the concept of creating a museum of contemporary art.
A meeting of experts organized by Deputy Minister of Culture Svitlana Fomenko took place at NSC Olimpiyskyi, where the Ministry accepted the propositions of the NAMU Working Group as the basis for the creation of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The NGO Dzygamedialab expands its area of activity, changes its statutory purpose, and turns into the NGO Museum of Modern Art (MOCA NGO). From now on, the task of the NGO is not only archiving and research in the field of media art (the Open Archive of Ukrainian Media Art project) but also advocacy for the creation of the State Museum of Contemporary Art, which will include media art to its collection.
A letter of appeal to the Ministry of Culture from the professional community regarding support for the creation of a museum of contemporary art, taking into account the work of the NAMU Working Group.
Presentation of key concepts of the NAMU Working Group for the professional art community.
Members of the working group: Olga Balashova, Oksana Barshynova, Lizaveta German, Yuliia Hnat, Dmytro Holets, Tetiana Zhmurko, Ilia Zabolotnyi, Mariia Lanko, Daryna Yakymova.
As a result of the research of the DE NE DE DE initiative, the Department of Contemporary Art was established in the Buhanchuk Museum of Fine Arts in Kmytiv, with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. The work of the department was stopped in 2020 due to a conflict with local deputies (from the Svoboda party).
The Scientific and Methodological Council of the National Art Museum of Ukraine adopted the report of the NAMU Working Group, which was called Analysis of the Ukrainian artistic process of the second half of the 20th – beginning of the 21st century for creating the concept of a state museum of modern art; it was made in the framework of a granting program from the State Fund for Fundamental Research.
The first meeting of the NAMU Expert Council on the creation of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Participants: Yuliia Lytvynets, Olga Balashova, Mariia Lanko, Oksana Barshynova, Halyna Skliarenko, Tiberii Sylvashi, Kostiantyn Doroshenko, Lada Nakonechna, Oleksii Radynskyi, Alevtina Kahidze.
The PinchukArtCentre’s Research Platform was founded to create a living archive of Ukrainian contemporary art from the early 1980s to the present in order to store, catalog, and rethink historical information, which is crucial for critical reflection on the current and future Ukrainian identity.
In Donetsk, the fund Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiatives was founded as a space for discussing up-to-date social and political initiatives by creating art projects, research, and residencies. The foundation worked as a center of contemporary art and was gathering a collection from the beginning of its work.
The contest Museum of Contemporary Art as a laboratory for creative ideas and visual improvisations by the Eidos charity fund. The exhibition of finalist projects and a round table took place in the unfinished premises of the Mystetskyi Arsenal.
The prime minister of Ukraine, Yuliia Tymoshenko, canceled the competition results for the best revitalization project of the Arsenal space, which was won by the Pinchuk Foundation. The newly elected president of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, announced the establishment of a new state institution Mystetskyi Arsenal (Art Arsenal). According to the president, it was to become the “Louvre” kind museum in Ukraine.
Viktor Pinchuk started the process of creating a private Museum of Contemporary Art in the Arsenal factory premises. Previously, the Arsenal building was handed over from the disposal of the Ministry of Defense to the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Culture announced a competition for the best revitalization project of the former Kyiv Repair Plant. The Pinchuk Foundation won the contests. In October 2004, the exhibition A Farewell to Arms took place there.
The First Collection exhibition took place in the halls of the Artist’s House. It was a presentation of Viktor Pinchuk’s collection that was gathered and positioned as a museum collection. Organizer — Gelman Gallery, the director of which then was Oleksandr Roitburd, curator — Oleksandr Solovyov.
Artists and political strategists Ihor Podolchak and Ihor Diurych organized the exhibition and auction Public Collection. Patrons’ Time to start a collection of contemporary art in the National Art Museum of Ukraine. The works of Oleksandr Hnylytskyi, Serhii Bratkov, Yurii Solomko, Pavlo Makov, Illia Chychkan, and Hlib Vysheslavskyi were acquired from the auction for the NAMU collection. A new storage category emerged in Ukrainian museum practice, mixed media.
Gelman Gallery organized a three-day conference dedicated to the Museum of Contemporary Art with the participation of international experts Alexandr Borovskyi (The State Russian Museum) and Nicolas Bourriaud (Palais de Tokio) in Pushcha Ozerna. Three sections were working: Museum as an activity (led by Natalia Filonenko), Museum as an institution (led by Hlib Vysheslavskyi), and Museum as a collection (led by Oleksandr Soloviov).
In 2002, the Russian gallerist and political strategist Marat Gelman opened the Marat Gelman Gallery in Kyiv as a branch of the Moscow gallery.
The Association of Galleries of Ukraine (CCA Soviart) stated the need to create a national museum of contemporary art.
The Soros Center of Contemporary Art was founded in Kyiv. It was the first center of contemporary visual art in Ukraine, which settled in the old academic building of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy on October 28, 1995.
The first corporate collections began to emerge. Eduard Dymshyts started a corporate contemporary art collection for Hradobank. In 2016, according to a court decision, it was handed over to the National Museum of Ukraine. As of today, this is the most complete museum collection of contemporary art in Ukraine.