History

PinchukArtCentre is the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe. It was launched in September 2006 by the Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk as a main cultural project of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

PinchukArtCentreThe PinchukArtCentre is located in the Kyiv’s historic architectural complex in the Besarabka area that underwent a major renovation in the beginning of the 21st century. Both architectural and interior design for the art centre was developed by a French architect, Philippe Chiambaretta. Currently the PinchukArtCentre occupies six floors with exhibition spaces on four floors, a video-lounge and a café on the top floor. The total area of the exhibition centre amounts to more than 3000 sq. metres.

With its intense and dynamic exhibition and education programs, visitor friendly viewing hours (12.00 to 21.00) and free-of-charge entrance, the art centre provides an outstanding opportunity to view the very best works of the Ukrainian and international contemporary artists.

The key audience of the art centre is young people aged 16 to 35. By September 2017more than 2 700 000 people visited the PinchukArtCentre.

PinchukArtCentre exhibitions:

2006

  • New Space”, an opening exhibition by the various international and Ukrainian artists;

2007

  • Generations.UsA”, a group show with twenty young Ukrainian and American artists;
  • Vik Muniz: A Survey”, an exhibition by the well-known Brazilian artist Vik Muniz;
  • An Instinctive Eye”, a selection of contemporary photography from the Sir Elton John Collection;
  • “A Poem About an Inland Sea”, official Ukrainian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale in Venice
  • REFLECTION”, a recent acquisitions exhibition including artists such as: Serhiy Bratkov, Antony Gormley, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami;

2008

2009

  • Dark Forest”, solo exhibition by Keita Sugiura (Japan) in Project Room
  • Exhibition of British artist Sam Taylor-Wood;
  • 21 RUSSIA”, a group showcase of contemporary Russian artists;
  • “Steppes of Dreamers” official Ukrainian Pavilion at the 53rd Biennale in Venice
  • REQUIEM”, the largest retrospective show of the British artist Damien Hirst;
  • Exhibition of 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize
  • RED FOREST”, a group show of Ukrainian artists of the elder generation;

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016


Our Projects

Project Room

In 2008 - 2009, the art centre presented shows within Project Room concept — a special series of exhibitions by the young and emerging artists. Exhibitions included “Pastime Paradise” by Christina Solomukha (France/Ukraine); “East Art Map” by IRWIN (Slovenia); “Patriotism. Art as a Present” by R.E.S. (Ukraine); “Dreamers” by SOSka (Ukraine) and “Dark Forest” by Keita Sugiura (Japan).

PAC-UA

In 2011 the PinchukArtCentre opened a new art space, PAC-UA, to present new works by Ukrainian artists with a view to study the on-going art processes in Ukraine. All PAC-UA shows are held on the 4th floor of the PinchukArtCentre.

Collection Platform

In 2011 the PinchukArtCentre presented project “Collection Platform: Circulation”, a permanent exhibition of selected works from the collection representing leading International and Ukrainian contemporary artists. The collection platform is renewed twice a year.


International Projects

Venice Biennale

In 2007 and 2009, the PinchukArtCentre organized the official Ukrainian Pavilion at the 52nd and 53rd Biennale in Venice, with projects “A Poem About an Inland Sea” and “Steppes of Dreamers” respectively.

The PinchukArtCentre presented Future Generation Art [email protected] exhibitions in 2011 and 2013 as part of the Collateral events of the Venice Biennale, featuring art works of the FGAP nominees of 2010 and 2012 accordingly.

Transfer

In September 2012 the PinchukArtCentre and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw, Poland) launched a project “Transfer”, an exchange programme to promote and support new generation of Ukrainian artists abroad and to offer a dynamic view on young Polish art in Ukraine.


Young Artists Prizes

PinchukArtCentre Prize

In late 2008 the PinchukArtCentre Prize was announced as the first private nationwide art prize to be awarded to the best Ukrainian artists under 35. This is the first prize in Ukraine established with an objective to produce, support and develop a new generation of young Ukrainian artists working in contemporary art. The prize is awarded every odd year starting from 2009. Since launch, the Main Prize winners include Artem Volokitin (2009), Nikita Kadan (2011) and Zhanna Kadyrova (2013).

Future Generation Art Prize

In December 2009, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation announced the establishment of the Future Generation Art Prize, a new large-scale international competition for artists up to 35 years old, with the PinchukArtCentre acting as the organizer. This first global art prize is designed to discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists from all over the world. Global outreach and open, democratic on-line application procedure makes this competition unique.

The Prize is awarded once every two years, starting from 2010. Since launch, the Main Prize winners include Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle (2010), and British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (2012).

The PinchukArtCentre presented Future Generation Art [email protected] exhibitions in 2011 and 2013 as part of the Collateral events of the Venice Biennale, featuring art works of the FGAP nominees of 2010 and 2012 accordingly.


Educational Programme

Education is a fundamental element in the PinchukArtCentre’s life. The art centre continually offers visitors a dynamic program of workshops, lectures, tours and discussions designed to help better understand contemporary art. A variety of classes and events for children and students is a separate line of the art centre’s activity.

The educational programme also includes events intended for professional community: discussions, roundtables, meetings with the art centre experts, training courses for tour guides and so forth. In 2012, the art centre launched “Curatorial platform”, a two year programme to train for an art expert or a curator. Tatiana Kochubinska is one of the first programme graduates of who was offered to join the PinchukArtCentre team as a junior curator in 2014.

For all event participants admission is FREE.