Fund news


10 January 2018

In 2017, Zenko Foundation participated in 14 cultural projects. In particular, a wide-scale Show Promise exhibition was opened in Lviv in June; it included works from over 30 Ukrainian contemporary artists. The project became one of the signature events of 2017 at Ukrainian art stage. A principal vector of the foundation’s activities is decentralization and development of regional art, and an essential step in this direction was CHECH (Flow) project; its goal was to showcase individual art practices of leading artists in Ivano-Frankivsk region. The exhibition was held in Zenko Foundation art space in Tatariv; afterward, it traveled to various Ukrainian cities as well as to Dresden and Venice in the course of the year.

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Show Promise exhibition

Some remarkable results were achieved in cultural diplomacy: upon the fund’s invitation, Ukraine was visited by Centre Pompidou representatives Nicolas Lucci-Gutnikov and Natalia Milovzorova, and also by London Saatchi Gallery director Nigel Hurst. Thanks to the strengthening of international cultural communications, the following year the fund gets ready to present Ukrainian contemporary art in famous museums and art centers in Europe.

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Nigel Hurst

Last year thanks to Zenko Foundation Ukrainian contemporary artists were able to showcase their works at international art platforms: in June, Roman Mikhaylov participated in ArtVilnius’17 international contemporary art fair, and in September Andrey Sidorenko presented his video art at Bienal de Curitiba, the most prominent Latin American Biennale.

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Roman Mikhaylov in Vilnius

In 2017, Zenko Foundation did not limit itself to visual arts only. For example, during the year the fund supported several music programs. In particular, it became an official partner of LvivMozArt international classical music festival (its art director is Oksana Lyniv), and under the aegis of Days of Europe in Ukraine and the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations established between Ukraine and Italy the fund partnered the premiere of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca and Gala Europe classical music concert.

LvivMozArt Oksana Lyniv


In 2018, Zenko Foundation will continue its work according to the selected vectors, facilitate the development of Ukrainian contemporary art and raise its profile at the international art scene.