Lutsk International Biennale of Contemporary Art
About the Idea
The main goal of the Lutsk International Biennale is to actualize important world problems through artistic dialogue of local and global, ensuring the development of contemporary Ukrainian art and its integration into the international context; creating a space for reflection, discussion, and search for truth, where visitors will be able to experience a unique aesthetic experience, gain inspiration and learn about art. The Biennale will allow millions of people to reflect on life, the purpose of society’s existence and discover ways to feel happy.

We promote experimental formats, give artists and curators the opportunity and freedom to demonstrate their unique ideas. We want to create a space that challenges, identifies, and critically examines the latest trends in the world of art. We are an innovative art laboratory that invents and tests the latest and most controversial aesthetic ideas.

We wish for young artists to gain international status and a successful boost for integration into the world art elite.

Our Biennale will be accompanied by a variety of events: educational conferences, reports, seminars, tours, publications, online programs, and workshops. All these will provide visitors with an unforgettable cross-disciplinary educational and psycho-emotional experience.

The Biennale will promote the intercultural dialogue. This is extremely important today, because Ukraine is actively uniting in socio-political and economic spheres with various countries all over the world.

We are convinced that the Biennale will stimulate the development of a cultural industry. This will contribute to the development of regional and national economies. Moreover, thanks to the Lutsk International Biennale, the opportunities of cultural and artistic institutions will be expanded, and Ukrainian artists will open additional gates to global art.

The Biennale will have a virtual platform, which will let people from all over the world to see our projects online.

Objectives of the Biennale

Popularize and increase contemporary art’s accessibility; increase the audience of art connoisseurs
Restore and improve the city’s cultural infrastructure (create new museum institutions, revitalize existing ones, etc.)
Enrich visitors intellectually and aesthetically through rethinking and reflection of modern trends in art
Support the development of the region's economy through the increase of cultural tourism and the formation of appropriate infrastructure
Ensure the dialogue between Ukrainian and international art communities to promote awareness of global aesthetic trends and connection to these trends via the prism of national (local) features
Put the city of Lutsk and Volyn region on the world cultural map to make them overcome peripherality and get involved into global world culture

About the Organizers

The Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art
Lutsk City Council
The Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art (KMUMA) includes 15 halls, covering the area of 7,500 sq.m.

Painting, graphics, sculpture, installation, video art – the museum has the collection of works of art by the best Ukrainian artists of the 20th-21st centuries. The KMUMA collection has more than 4,000 exhibits.

The main exhibition features art works by more than 200 prominent Ukrainian authors and 800 art objects.

In three years, the museum has held almost 200 exhibitions and exhibition projects. During this period, it was visited by approximately 75,000 art connoisseurs.

Expert Council

Viktor Sydorenko - member and vice-president of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, director of the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, People's Artist of Ukraine, participant of the 50th Venice Biennale, co-curator of the Ukrainian project at the Venice Biennale (2007), commissioner of Ukrainian projects at the Venice Biennale (2011, 2013), PhD Candidate in Art History, professor.

Svitlana Stoian - doctor of Philosophical Science, Associate Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, member of National Union of Artists of Ukraine (NUAU) (section of art history), director of the art center “ALTER EGO”, curator of art projects.

Vlodko Kaufman - co-founder of the artistic association “Dzyga”, artist, graphic artist, painter, performer, curator.

Olesia Avramenko - Honored Art Worker of Ukraine, art critic, member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), curator, PhD Candidate in Art History.

Kostiantyn Doroshenko - art critic, curator of contemporary art, media manager.

Nataliia Shpytkovska - director of the M17 Contemporary Art Center, curator, art consultant, founder of the ArtCult Foundation, researcher at the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.

Petro Hulyn - artist, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, member of the Union of Artists of the Czech Republic, graduate of the Biennale of Ex Libris (Vilnius, Lithuania, 1985), participant of the First Exhibition of Ukrainian Avant-Garde in London (1990).

Maryna Streltsova - art critic, curator, senior researcher of the research department of art of the 20th-early 21st century of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, editor-in-chief of the art platform “Art-walk. Sculpture and more ...”

Oksana Chepelyk - architect, artist, film director, art critic, art researcher of the new technologies.

Igor Yanovych - artist, representative of the domestic neo-avant-garde, master of non-figurative art.

Stepan Riabchenko - artist, one of the leaders in digital art and new media art, architect, sculptor, author of installations, ranked in top 15 best digital artists in the world (according to Electric Artefacts, a studio and curatorial advisory for digital art and NFTs).

Our Team

Our key characteristics are: competence in problem solving, decision making, planning and organization; dedication to ideas, desire for self-improvement, creativity, innovativeness, and positive attitude towards each other.

Viktor Korsak
Curator of the 1st Lutsk International Biennale of Contemporary Art, founder of the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art, Chairman of the Board of VolWest Group, Doctor of Economics
Lesia Korsak
Founder and managing partner of the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art, curator of the Special projects programme
Iryna Mordyk
Executive director of the 1st Lutsk International Biennale of Contemporary Art, acting director of the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art
Zoia Navrotska
Curator of the Parallel programme, head of the Lutsk Art Museum, Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine
Tetiana Repnytska
Coordinator of the Educational and Mediation programmes, director of the Practical Management Business Academy
Kateryna Mykhailiuk
Coordinator of the Main programme, head of the collection management department of the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art
Anastasiia Semenyshyna
Coordinator of the Main programme, manager of the cultural and educational department of the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art
Maksym Pavlovskyi
Coordinator of the Special projects and the Performance platform, manager of the exhibition department of the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art
Oksana Vashkevych
PR manager of the Biennale, head of the marketing department of the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art
Nazar Rychuk
Fundraising coordinator, head of the Museum of Industrial Design

The Biennale will consist of 6 parts
Main Programme
Parallel Programme
Performance Platform
Special Projects
Educational Programme
Mediation Programme
The Biennale will be held at the Korsaks’ Museum of Ukrainian Modern Art and at 7 other locations in Lutsk.

The subject of the Main programme is “Polygon” (in English – “Proving ground”).

Usually, the term “polygon” means a specially designated and equipped area of land or sea used to test weapons and military equipment or conduct the combat training of troops. At the same time, we often talk about a polygon as a place, object or subject that is used for testing something. After all, everything created by human needs to be tested, and everything that needs to be tested requires a polygon.

The test of strength requires a boxing ring, the test of team play requires a stadium, the test of a business idea requires consumers, the test of feelings requires a soulmate, the test of scientific inventions requires a laboratory, the test of art requires museums, the test of new treatment methods requires laboratory animals. Perhaps, the Earth is a polygon for the test of life by some extraterrestrial civilizations.

On the one hand, the role of polygons in the development of civilization is invaluable, while, on the other hand, polygons suffer without giving their consent: they are plowed with projectiles, trampled with boots, littered with waste, filled with frustrations, and destroyed during experiments.

There are many countries in the world that due to various circumstances (e.g., loss of subjectivity, geographical location, national characteristics) have become polygons for weapon and technology testing, sociopolitical experiments, etc. The tests are conducted by countries with stronger military, scientific or geopolitical potential.

There have been successful cases, such as South Korea, but there have also been Vietnam, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and now – Ukraine.

This problem is constantly growing and escalating, so the following questions arise:

  • Does anyone have the right to use someone as a polygon?
  • How do polygons feel when they are used as an object, completely deprived of subjectness?
  • What should one do to avoid becoming a polygon?
  • What can all this lead to?
  • Can society do without polygons?

You cannot be silent about this. That is why we propose to discuss this topic in the language of art within the Lutsk International Biennale, which will allow to bring this issue to the forefront and put it on the global agenda.
The events will be held in the city's museums. The subjects of their exhibitions will be implemented in the context of the main idea of the Biennale and will be determined by each institution independently.
This programme provides a demonstration of a series of interdisciplinary projects aimed at the development of topical theatrical and performative practices, implemented in the context of the main subject of the Biennale.

The collaboration of performers and painters, composers and musicians, playwrights and dancers will allow to create a variety of performances and plays that will enrich visitors aesthetically and intellectually.
The Special projects programme is connected to the main idea of the Biennale and will reveal certain aspects of it.
This will include training and educational activities: seminars, lectures, round tables, symposiums, forums, and workshops for artists, researchers, and art connoisseurs.

The programme aims to provide technical and intellectual support in the environment of constructive critique that will allow the participants from a variety of disciplines to conduct in-depth research and production in the field of art.

It is expected that programme participants will get acquainted with methodologies and with creative and conceptual methods beyond their areas of expertise.

The programme will support personal development of participants by providing information, resources, opportunities, and access to experts needed for art production and research, as well as encourage informal meetings, interdisciplinary contacts, and joint projects.
The programme ensures the active involvement of visitors in dialogue and co-creation, which will provide them with an interesting and inspiring intellectual and aesthetic experience. Mediators will help to better reveal the themes of art projects, even to those who are far from modern art.

The mediator is a kind of moderator between the artworks and the viewer. This is a person whom the visitor is free to contact and ask any questions about the author, the artwork, and the exhibition in general.

The mediators training program will last for one month and will include a wide range of educational practices (online and offline).

Mediators will also study the requests of the audience, what will allow to form a visitor portrait, analyze their motivation and attitude to modern art. This will ensure better satisfaction of the visitors’ needs during the next Biennale.

Thank you partners for your support. You make a significant contribution to the development of Ukrainian culture

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