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“Vanity Fair”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Mystetskyi Arsenal

Mystetskyi Arsenal
Ranked #71 of 496 things to do in Kiev
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,023 helpful votes
“Vanity Fair”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“It's all about art.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Mystetskiy Arsenal is very fashionable place where exhibitions, concerts, charity events take place very often. Recently, ceremonial welcome evening after the inaguration of newly elected president of Ukraine, was also held in Mystetskiy Arsenal.It was built on the territory of the old plant close to Kiev Pechersk Lavra and has spacious and light halls where it is convenient to exhibit paintings to the public. I have also been at the exhibition devoted to the modern Ukrainian art. Some paintings of the most expensive Ukrainian painter (photos attached) were really great

Visited November 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Opening hours???”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

Was looking forward to a visit to Mystetskyi Arsenal today (Saturday), but was quite disappointed to find it closed. At the entrance was written that it opens at 11:00, but no other information. The door remained closed.

I wonder what is the idea of having a big art museum closed on Saturdays, the weekday when most people would have time for a visit...?? Also on the webpage of the museum there is no information about opening hours, neither in Ukrainian nor any other language.

Seems they do not want visitors... ;-( Very irritating!

Visited January 2014
2 Thank FredriK2014
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Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine
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“Flea market”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

We went there because we read about *Picasso, Chagall and others* exhibition on that day. There were very few Picasso&Chagall but a lot of others...

The building is cool itself but almost all space was filled with different stuff that you can find in your grannie's old house. Candelabra, old tea-set, icons, carpets.

Visited October 2013
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“A cool conversion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

The old Arsenal was converted, at VIktor Yushchnnko's initiative, into a vast, amazing gallery for enormous, impressive art shows. I've been there more than once to some shows and it's always been well worth the price of admission.

Visited September 2012
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