Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art
Arsenale 2012 commissioner, Nataliia Zabolotna, and Artistic Director, David Elliott, have announced that the first Kiev Biennale has already received over 30,000 visitors from Ukraine and abroad in the first four weeks since opening and expect 200,000 visitors over the course of the exhibition.
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 31st 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 250 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 & Dinos Chapman and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. Work featured in the Biennale has been installed over the 24,000 square metres of the Arsenal’s magnificent exhibition space.