Fund news


14 March 2018

On March 8-10, with the support of Zenko Foundation, Centre Pompidou curator Nicola Lucci-Gutnikov visited Kyiv. The representative of a leading art center attended a range of exhibitions in the Ukrainian capital and had meetings with Ukrainian curators and artists.

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The main goal of his visit was to obtain a more detailed picture of Ukrainian contemporary art; Nicola Lucci-Gutnikov already visited Kyiv last July. At that time Zenko Foundation with the support of Ihor Abramovych and Marat Guelman invited Centre Pompidou representatives to the presentation of exhibition Ukrainian Contemporary Art. From Private Collections. Moreover, curators had the chance to visit other galleries and art centers in Kyiv.

Nicola’s second visit also was rather fruitful. In Mystetskyi Arsenal, he attended a wide-scale video art exhibition FLASHBACK. Ukrainian Media Art of the 1990s and came to the lecture on this art direction in Ukraine from the exhibition curators Oleksandr Solovyov and Alisa Lozhkina. Besides, the representative of French art center appreciated the exhibition of PinchukArtCentre Award nominees, works by Vlada Ralko in Kyiv Painting Gallery, Clinical Picture exhibition by Andriy Sydorenko, and held a range of meetings with Ukrainian art scene figures.

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A principal direction of Zenko Foundation activities is cultural diplomacy: the fund aspires to increase interest in Ukrainian art all over the world. No doubt, the visit by Nicola Lucci-Gutnikov became a notable event in this respect. During the meetings with Centre Pompidou curators, integration of Ukrainian art in the European context was discussed, as well as specific steps to achieve this goal.

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Zenko Foundation sees the significant interest among international figures in Ukrainian art and is ready to implement joint projects with them. The first signature exhibition of that sort will be Permanent Revolution, a project by Ludwig Museum and Zenko Foundation to be opened in Budapest in April.

Photos by Marat Guelman, Zhan Symoshenko, Andriy Sydorenko