Voronov pondered, sadly glanced in the direction of his security staff, waiting a little to the side, and answered quietly:
- What do you say? I have a good collection!- I do not divide my collection into “sculpture” and “painting”. All this is just art. It belongs not to me alone, but to the whole world. That's why I want the maximum of people to see it, ”Mr. Voronov himself told during the press conference before the opening of the exhibition.“I am pleased that many of the world's leading artists, in particular, Alexander Archipenko, were ethnic Ukrainians,” he also stressed. - But if we do nothing for the presentation of national art, someone else will do it for us. And he will say that this is his, and not our, national treasure ...
Look at the video below for Mr. Voronov’s speech in full. By the way, Giacometti’s own office was given to Arsenal for a noble mission: to draw public attention to the problems of the exhibition complex. It needs to be reconstructed and equipped - but there is no money.
The general director of Mystetsi Arsenal calls on Ukrainians to create “clubs of museums friends” - and to support them with hryvnia as patrons of art.Today, says M.A. Natalya Zabolotnaya, General Director, financing is barely enough for a “banal survival”. With the help of “volunteers” -shared world sculptures in AI, they expect to attract new philanthropists from among ordinary Ukrainians. They are once again offered to join the Friends Mystetsky Arsenal Club (a charitable contribution of 1000 UAH - about $ 50). And simply - make voluntary donations, anyone who can. Arsenal called on colleagues - Ukrainian museums, to support and develop the initiative to create such “clubs of friends” and “trusteeship councils.” Over time, they are confident in the exhibition complex, charity, and not only financing from the state budget, it will definitely become a regularity of the existence of domestic museums, as in the West.While the Arsenal leadership is making plans for the future, in its halls there is a real crowd of the very "ordinary" visitors, whose financial assistance is so much expected by everyone.
The most touching section of the exhibition is the sculptures in the Art Deco style of Demeter Chiparus. Created from bronze, stone and ivory, glittering with gold, dressed in theatrical costumes, lovers of harlequins from “Eternal History”, dancing “Bayaderes” and “Kamorany”, flirty “Girl with a book” and “On the beach” resemble precious dolls. They are absolutely delighted - all women and, of course, children.
"Girl with a book" by Dmitri Chiparus - the embodiment of modernity.