The concept of this monster has been unclear since its very establishment. The original idea of “gathering the best from around Ukraine” (i.e. to “possess” the best artifacts from the museums all over the country and transfer them to this new creature) has luckily failed. And ever since then they were in search of what they actually were and what they should have been doing.
The last year’s censorship scandal (the curator’s destruction of a participant’s painting in order to please those in power who were to attend the exhibition) has to a certain extent put Arsenal on the backyard of art life, especially with the substantial changes in Ukraine’s political and social being of this year.
So in its present position, Mystetskiy Arsenal is nothing but a vanity fair; a “platform” for the “upper circles’ gatherings” (like the latest presidential inauguration), poor taste fashion shows and once-in-a-while-interesting-exhibitions. Excellent regular “Book Arsenal” festivals are the only notable exception in the largely average events hosted here recently.
Until something changes in the Arsenal “kitchen”, I prefer to stay away from it and do not normally recommend it to my friends. I just can’t see what it can be recommended for.
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