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PinchukArtCentre is an international centre for contemporary art of the 21st century. It is an open platform for the artists, the art work and society.
It is aimed at the exhibiting new production, presentation, and collection bridging national identity and international challenge. It is an ideal venue for masterworks and workgroups by outstanding artists of our time which reflect and represent the complexity of the world, transforming it into a unique and new form. Admission to PinchukArtCentre is free.
This sustainably determines its work and create a corporate identity in the following fields of activity: collection, exhibitions, projects, communication, education, publications and research.
PinchukArtCentre is the largest private museum in Eastern Europe. The PinchukArtCentre organises exhibitions by leading international and Ukrainian artists and supports various other cultural art initiatives. In 2007 and 2009, the PinchukArtCentre officially represented "Ukraine at the "Venice Biennale.
To the date, the PinchukArtCentre has presented major exhibitions:
Apart from large scale projects, the art centre holds short term PAC-UA exhibitions presenting only new works by Ukrainian artists. All PAC-UA showcases are held in the special art space on the 5th floor of the PinchukArtCentre.
In 2008 - 2009, the Art Centre presented shows within Project Room concept — a special series of exhibitions by the young and emerging artists. Exhibitions have 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 a solo exhibition by Keita Sugiura (Japan).
In 2007 and 2009, PinchukArtCentre officially organized the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 52nd and 53rd Biennale in Venice, with projects “A Poem About an Inland Sea” and “Steppes of Dreamers” respectively. In 2011 the art centre presented exhibition Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice -Ukrainian Collateral Event on the 54th Venice Biennale.
In late 2008, the PinchukArtCentre Prize was announced: the first national prize for young artists up to 35 years old. 20 shortlisted artists were selected among more than 1100 applications and an international jury chose the winners of the Main Prize and two Special Prizes. Artem Volokitin from Kharkiv won the Main Prize, and Masha Shubina and Oleksii Salmanov got two Special Prizes. The PinchukArtCentre Prize award ceremony was held on December 4, 2009.
In 2011, the PinchukArtCentre Prize Expert Committee reviewed more than 1,000 applications received from young artists from all over Ukraine and abroad, and formed a shortlist of the Prize nominees. As part of a group exhibition of 20 shortlisted artists, 20 new artists’ statements, specially produced with the support of the PinchukArtCentre for the show, were presented at the art centre.
Laureates of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011 were announced at the Award Ceremony that took place on December 9, 2011, in Kyiv. The winner of the Main Prize was Mykyta Kadan; Zhanna Kadyrova and Serhiy Radkevych won two Special Prizes, and the Public Choice Prize went to Mykyta Shalennyi.
On December 8, 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.
On June 29, 2010, seven members of the Selection Committee featuring competent and global art-professionals, selected 20 artists from more than 6,000 applications coming from 125 countries and divided over all continents. The 21th["clarification needed] nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize is Artem Volokitin, the winner of the first PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009.
On February 6, 2012, application process for the second edition of the biennial Future Generation Art Prize was launched. Applications from all young artists are available online from February 6 through May 6, 2012, at the competition’s website: futuregenerationartprize.org
On December 10, 2010, at the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 Award Ceremony the names of the winners were announced: a Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle received the Main Prize and Mircea Nicolae, the artist from Romania, won the Special Prize.
In February 2011 the PinchukArtCentre presented “Collection Platform: Circulation project”, a permanent exhibition of selected works from the collection representing leading International and Ukrainian contemporary artists. The collection platform is renewed twice a year.
In October 2011 PinchukArtCentre opened an application call for the new Curatorial Platform – a two-year full-time program combining a theoretical and practical training. The programme is open for all Ukrainians up to 30 and will give them access to develop their competence on a high international professional level to become an expert in the curatorial work, exhibition, communication, publication, education, technique in the context of contemporary art museum.
Based on the decision of the selection committee, the first Curatorial Platform participants, chosen from more than 130 applicants, were Lizaveta German (23 years, Kyiv), Tatiana Kochubynska (26 years, Kyiv), Oleksandr Mykhed (23 years, Kyiv), Maria Lanko (25 years, Kyiv) and Kateryna Radchenko (27 years, Odesa). These selected applicants started their two-year residency program in January 2012.
As of February 2012, the total number of PinchukArtCentre visitors since its opening reached over 1,475,000 people.