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Our Spring Anxiety: Exhibition "SOS ARSENAL / Museum Collection" in Kiev

In order to draw attention to the emergency situation that has recently developed around the cultural-artistic and museum complex, an “emergency” exhibition “ARSENAL SOS / Museum Collection” was opened in Mystetsky Arsenal. Works from the funds of the art institution, including the legendary collection of Igor Dychenko, can be viewed until April 14, 2016 for free."Arsenal is dead - and you are not yet." So, paraphrasing the famous text of Boris Grebenshchikov, Ukrainians will soon be able to say if officials do not replace anger at the mercy of the famous Mystetsky Arsenal. In any case, the leadership of the world-famous art institution is convinced of this.Victor Palmov. Ukrainian village in winter. 1919 - 1920 The Arsenal, of course, is far from dead. Not closed. And his funds, which the team of Natalia Zabolotnaya has been collecting for 10 years (in particular, many participants of the local exhibitions presented their works to the cultural and museum complex), have not been squandered. And this is neither more nor less, but “over 3 thousand storage units that are part of the Museum Fund of Ukraine” (from the exhibition press release).Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist composition 1. 1916Gallery owner Pavel Gudimov recently presented his curatorial project “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,” jointly with Andrei Alferov, in Arsenal. Exhibition". And now, arriving at "his" exposition, he does not pass by the exhibition from "arsenal" funds. For a true connoisseur of the arts, it is simply impossible to ignore the best domestic "names" and works of the twentieth century in one exposition!Alexander Khvostenko-Khvostov. Minister Leander's costume design for the opera “Love for Three Oranges”, 1926.In whole and intact, in particular - 509 “storage units” of the famous collection of Igor Dychenko, who is the widow of one of the most famous Soviet, and the world , collectors, Valeria Virskaya, handed over to MA for permanent storage on October 12, 2015 (the donor herself went into another world soon after, on February 27 of this year, and the farewell took place in Arsenal).Anatole Petritsky, Harbor. 1930 - 1931See also: Be Anatoly Kryvolap. In Kiev, presented the exhibition and art award of the famous artistAnatoly Krivolap, Nude. The end of the 1980s. For obvious reasons, the collection of Dychenko became the basis of the current exhibition - includes works “K. Malevich, A. Bogomazov, V. Palmov, V. Ermilov, A. Khvostenko-Khvostov, V. Meller, Pavlenko, D. Burliuk, M. Boichuk, A. Gorsky, A. Zalivakhi, A. Krivolapa ”(we quote from the press -release of the "arsenal" project "Open collection. Igor Dychenko, Valeria Virskaya - to the Ukrainian people"). As well as “pictorial and graphic works of the“ sixties ”- V. Zaretsky, A. Gorsky, A. Sumar, Z. Lerman, representatives of the“ new wave ”- V. Tsagolov, D. Kavsan and others, 15 graphic works by Salvador Dali - illustrations to the work of Ovid “The Art of Love” (from the press release of the exhibition “Arlekini Goes ...”
In Memoriam ”.) The exposition“ ARSENAL SOS / Museum Collection ”also included painting works from the funds,“ archaeological artifacts of the XV-XVIII centuries, numismatics and old printed books ”.Dmitry Kavsan, Gifts of the Magi, 1989Alexander Sukholit, Present Summer, 2003The exhibition includes a variety of exhibits from the collections of the Mystetsky Arsenal.General Director Natalia Zabolotnaya (pictured), in fact, created the Mystetsky Arsenal as we know it. It was she who 10 years ago led only the “future Ukrainian Louvre or Hermitage” that was being created (as they used to say then), and the dilapidated factory building turned into the leading art-platform not only in Ukraine, but in Eastern Europe as well. “Can an Arsenal exist without Zabolotnaya?” - this is a question that the national intelligentsia is discussing today in every way. To the current opposition, the MA was pushed by two very important reasons. First, officials unexpectedly refused to hold a competition for the post of general director of the cultural, artistic and museum complex. With the formation of the art-institution Mrs. Zabolotnaya who stood at the origins of the contract, it was also not extended. Moreover, DUSya (State Administration under the President of Ukraine), which, instead of the Ministry of Culture, subordinated to Mystetsky Arsenal, attempted - as the Zabolotnaya team says - to exclude from the Charter of the complex a “strategically important subsection“ Museums ”. As a result, the Arsenal from the museum complex de jure will turn into just another “enterprise on balance”. In the analogue of the hotel, a pig farm or a brewery. What fate in the case of the “magical reincarnation” awaits the “arsenal” collection, and the exhibition complex itself - one can only guess ...Vasily Yermilov, Bulka. 1914Victor Ryzhih, On the Seine. 1992Mikhailo Boychuk. Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more Vasil Sedlyar, 1927. Watercolor, watercolor paper (from Italian. "Aquarello") is a well-known technique of drawing using water-based paints, invented in Art. III. in China. Water color paints become transparent after dissolving in water; therefore, when applied to grainy paper, the image looks airy and thin. In contrast to oil paintings, watercolor works do not have textural strokes. Read on.The cause of concern about the fate of the Mystetsky Arsenal and its unique collection is the dragging of the competition SAD for the position of the general director of the complex, as well as the repeated attempts of the management body to remove the strategically important subsection “Museum” from the charter of the complex.
(From the press release of the exhibition “SOS ARSENAL / Museum Collection”).However, the desperate step of Arsenal, who dared to bring his own conflicts to the public plane, is already yielding results. An official explanation of the situation with the competition appeared on the website of the General Affairs Department. We will think that in the foreseeable future there will be no cause for concern at all.Maria Sinyakova, Petrograd. WatercolorAkvarel (from Italian. "Aquarello") is a well-known technique of drawing with water-based paints, invented in Art. III. in China. Water color paints become transparent after dissolving in water; therefore, when applied to grainy paper, the image looks airy and thin. Unlike oil paintings, there are no textured strokes in watercolor paintings. To read further, the 1920s.Professor Dmitry Gorbachev is one of the loyal members of the current team of Mystetsky Arsenal. And he is the man who, perhaps, is almost the most in Ukraine worried about the fate of the heritage of the Ukrainian avant-garde and the famous collection of Igor Dychenko, including paintings by Malevich, Palmov, Yermilov, boychukists, and others. After all, it was Dmitry Yemelyanovich in the 1960s that the “picturesque” Ukrainian avant-garde, Malevich, “inventing” Suprematism, was sentenced to destruction by the authorities to the world, did not let anyone into the workshop. The only exception was the avant-garde artist Alexandra Exter. Once a resident of Kiev, having moved to France, she taught at the Fernand Leger school, created "model" clothes, and after a long oblivion her paintings today are valued "by a million." Our small excursion is on the Kiev routes "amazon Russian avant-garde". Read more !Oksana Pavlenko, Write the slogan. Paper, ink, watercolorAkvarel (from Italian. "Aquarello") is a well-known technique of drawing using water-based paints, invented in Art. III. in China. Water color paints become transparent after dissolving in water; therefore, when applied to grainy paper, the image looks airy and thin. Unlike oil paintings, there are no textured strokes in watercolor paintings. To read further, mixed technology, 1921. The current opening day: this “ARSENAL SOS / Museum collection” will definitely be remembered. Not so often in the leading museums of the country are "emergency protest" exhibitions, also of such magnitude.
Within the framework of the project, in addition, it is possible to visit excursions devoted to the history of Arsenal and its art collection for free. And also listen to a lecture on the Ukrainian avant-garde of the most legendary "savior" of his heritage, Professor Dmitry Gorbachev. (The lecture “Collection of the Ukrainian avant-garde in the collection of the Mystetsky Arsenal” will be held on April 12 at 17:00).Victor Palmov, Self-Portrait Self-portraits were written not only by portrait painters. Knowledge of the world through the study of his own image is widespread among the masters of the brush of all time. Read more Portrait is a realistic genre depicting an existing person or group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further with my wife, 1920s.The exhibition is open until April 14, 2016. Photo report from the opening of the exhibition - Alexander Ratushnyak for "Arthive"