Last year was bountiful with various art events: the loud opening of Kyiv Podil Theatre, GogolFest traditional artists meet-up, long-awaited Kyiv Biennale and many others. The art spaces that host these events usually are true veterans of Kyiv cultural scene, dating back to mid-decade or start of the millennium. However, 2017 presented new players in the game. Check out these new places to keep an eye on this year.
Bursa gallery, located on the territory of the same name hotel, will work primarily as a research center. New exhibitions will be held every three months under the direction of a new curator. The gallery organizes the whole process of creation, provides materials and financial support to young artists. Apart from this, lectures, workshops and film showing will be hosted here throughout the year. Starting 2019, Bursa Gallery will offer an art residence for local and foreign artists.
Address: 11, Kostiantynivska street
The founder of 001 creative space, Serhii Dumyk, was born in Kyiv, but recently returned from San Francisco where he worked for Google. That's where the concept of the factory was born, inspired by The Burning Man Festival and the Merchants of Reality. The 001 factory will become a permanent exhibition showing to visitors creative collaboration of representatives of various arts, as well as science, and alternative economics.
Address: 4B, Tarasa Shevchenko street
Territory of the well-known Art-Zavod Platforma will host a cultural space called AkT. Probably there isn't a better place to experiment on turning dull factory space into an interactive museum. AkT is a prototype of the ArtWalk American project, which is held monthly in Los Angeles. In 2017 it offered 4 exhibitions of various themes and genres.
Address: 5, Bilomorska street
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IT-Town Unit.City was created on the basis of the former Kyiv Motorcycle Factory. Abandoned industrial buildings became home for IT start-ups, business campuses, lecture halls, a cafe, and a sports hall. Public space with street furniture was arranged outside. A remaining 60-meter chimney from the motor factory is planned to be turned into an art installation — a lighthouse that will work in the evening and at night. British artist Sebastian Kite, who has won the art projects contest, announced by Unit.City last summer, will lead the project.
Address: 1, Dorohozhytska street
Stage 6 is another creative space that opened in Kyiv in 2017. It is planned to be integrated into the overall concept of a large cultural cluster, which is now being formed on the basis of the Dovzhenko Center. Stage 6 will contain a big stage with a hall for 300 seats, a chamber stage, rehearsal rooms, space for scientific research work, as well as lecture halls. It was already tested as one of the locations for GogolFest in 2017.
Address: 1, Vasylkivska street
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Central department store of Kyiv, well known as TSUM (ЦУМ), was opened after renovation in the beginning of December 2016 and instantly became one of the most visited spots. It is well-known not only for various shops and cafes, but also for the Art Center, which holds exhibitions of different genres. It works on a permanent basis with changing content, allowing well-known and promising Ukrainian artists, photographers and cultural figures to show their works to the dwellers of Kyiv and tourists.
Address: 7th floor, TSUM Department Store, 38, Khreschatyk street
A topic of heated debate in 2017, it was finally brought into operation in October. The New Podil Theatre lays a hope for making a solid impact on the future of theatrical activity in the capital. The classical European scene with appropriate lighting and music will enable to receive foreign artists. Besides, the street space of the theater will be permanently opened, allowing spectators to chill in the inner courtyard during the intermission, and actors to rehearse outside.
Address: 20B, Andriivs'kyi descent
Expocenter of Ukraine, also known as VDNG, opened a new creative space of W8Less Ukrainian clothing brand. It is located in the pavilion No. 6 near the central entrance, and it shows wondrous results of turning an abandoned Soviet pavilion into a modern showroom with black painted ceiling. In addition to the showroom of the brand, W8Less creative space has a recreation area and a children's play area. Besides, owners are planning to host various workshops here regularly.
Address: 6 Pavilion, Natsionalnyy Ekspotsentr Ukrainy, Vystavkovyi Tsentr metro station
Initially created as an art gallery, nowadays 32 Jazz Club opens its doors to those who truly cherish improvised music or simply want to enjoy live jazz and blues performed by local artists. Located on Podil, the place's atmosphere reminds of the hidden-away New York spots, which you won't find unless a heartfelt local will share the secret with you. Grand piano on the stage, perfect acoustics and the Old Fashioned bar / 32 welcome everyone in its embrace.
Address: 32, Vozdvishenska street
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This place is the creative space shared with Ukrainian clothes brand. Located in Karavan, Kyiv’s major shopping mall, Ukrainian Designer’s Room POP-UP store gives visitors a chance to buy clothes and accessories of the leading local designers. The pop-up store format has just became very popular in Ukraine as it is very convenient for the local designer brands who are still not ready to open their own showrooms or shops, for buyers who can actually come and see the goods and try them on.
Address: Karavan shopping mall, 12, Luhova street
2017 has been pretty eventful in terms of art, introducing new players in the game as well as carrying on with the veterans of the field. Let's hope this year will bring just as much discoveries and new perspectives as the previous one.
Photo sources: Bursa Gallery, 001, АkT, Unit.City, Scene 6, Art TSUM, Podil Theatre, W8Less, 32JazzClub, Pop-Up Shop Facebook Pages, unsplash.com. All images belong to their rightful authors.