First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art

. July 16, 2012

ARSENALE 2012 Commissioner Nataliia Zabolotna and Artistic Director David Elliott will be announcing the winners of the ARSENALE 2012 Awards on 30 July 2012 at 19h.

Yayoi Kusama, Footprints to the Future, 2012.

The organisers of ARSENALE 2012 are proud to be presenting three awards totalling 50,000 euros, celebrating the artists who have participated in the Biennale:

–Award for the Most Significant Contribution to the Development of Contemporary Art
–Award for the Most Significant Discovery (for young artists and emerging artists)
–Audience Choice Award

The organisers are also pleased to announce that the first Kiev Biennale has welcomed about 86,000 visitors from Ukraine and abroad in the first eight weeks since opening.

Under Elliott’s title The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, the main programme for the Biennale is being presented in the historic Mystetskyi Arsenal until 31 July 2012. This marks the first major international contemporary art biennale in Eastern Europe and showcases both Ukraine’s rich culture and its relatively unknown legacy of producing leading international contemporary artists such as Boris Mikhailov, Oleg Kulik, and Ilya Kabakov.

This extremely ambitious Biennale has brought together over 220 art works by over 100 international and Ukrainian contemporary artists, including 40 new works made especially for the exhibition by internationally renowned artists including Yayoi Kusama, Phyllida Barlow, and Boris Mikhailov, and major art works by artists including Ai Weiwei, Louise Bourgeois, Song Dong, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Work featured in the Biennale has been installed over the 24,000 square metres of the Arsenal’s magnificent exhibition space.

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