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Pavilion of Ukraine at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Pavilion of Ukraine at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia will present the project entitled The Shadow of Dream* cast upon Giardini della Biennale devoted to rethinking the notion of myth and its significance and influence on contemporary art.

For the full duration of the biennale there will be performances in the pavilion based on the myth of the flight of the world’s largest cargo aircraft over Venice on May 9th at noon. The An-225 Mriya,*(Ukrainian: ‘dream’), will cast its shadow over the Giardini della Biennale for a few seconds carrying only a digital hard drive with a directory of all living Ukrainian artists in its cargo hold.

The Shadow of Dream* cast upon Giardini della Biennale project also has an allegorical presence in Venice. The shadow upon the Giardini is a metaphor for the power dynamics of contemporary art, existing in local, European and worldwide contexts.

As stated by Open Group (curator): “Such histories inflect our experience as Ukrainian artists, however they do not wholly define us. The story of the shadow of the Dream passing over the Giardini della Biennale may pass into myth via retellings in the pavilion and the media, but we consider this to be constituent of the dynamic corpus of our curatorial proposition.”

Exhibition open: May 11 through November 24, 2019
Commissioner: Svitlana Fomenko, First Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine
Curator: Open Group (Yuriy Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Stanislav Turina, and Anton Varga)
Pavilion of Ukraine is organized by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine
Co-organizer: Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland)
Institutional partner: National Art Museum of Ukraine

Mriya over Giardini della Biennale: May 9, 2019, 12:00 pm.
Official opening in Arsenale: May 9, 2019 13:00 pm.
Press conference in Arsenale: May 10, 2019 11:00 pm.
Location: The Ukrainian Pavilion is located in Arsenale, Sestiere di Castello, Campiello Tana 2169/F, 30122 Venice

 

Open Group was established in Lviv in 2012 by 6 Ukrainian artists. The group’s structure has changed over the years, and it presently consists of four members: Yuriy Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Stanislav Turina, and Anton Varga. They occasionally invite other artists or activists to take part in their projects and join the Open Group. Group members have been spearheading the creation of independent spaces, such as Detenpyla Gallery or Еfremova26 Gallery (2013-2014) in Lviv, since 2011.

Open Group won the Special Distinction of the PinchukArtCentre Prize in 2013, and the Main Prize in 2015. Their works were featured at the Ukrainian National Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. In 2016, the Open Group curated the show entitled Dependence Degree, Collective Practices of Young Ukrainian Artists 2000-2016 (Wrocław, Poland). In 2017, the group’s work was presented under the aegis of the Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2017 (collateral events of the 57th Venice Biennale).

 

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*The Antonov An-225 Mriya is the world’s largest cargo aircraft designed in Kyiv by the Antonov Design Bureau. Mriya with its maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes is the biggest and heaviest plane in the world. First of all, An-225 was built for the needs of the Soviet space program to transport supplies, namely, the Buran spaceplanes and components of the Energiya missile system.