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PinchukArtCentre is a centre of contemporary art, located in Kyiv. It was opened on 16 September 2006 by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

PinchukArtCentre is an international centre for contemporary art and has an open platform vision for the artists. It's mission is to exhibit new artistic production and collecting national and international contemporary art. It is a venue for seminal working artists who represent the complexity of our time, addressing important issues and complexities. [1]

The centre objectives consist of an international collection, exhibitions, education programmes, publications and research.

PinchukArtCentre is the largest private museum in Eastern Europe.[2] 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. Admission to PinchukArtCentre is free.


To the date, the PinchukArtCentre has presented major exhibitions:

  • “New Space”, an opening exhibition by the various international and Ukrainian artists;
  • “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;
  • “REFLECTION”, a recent acquisitions exhibition including artists such as: Serhiy Bratkov, Antony Gormley, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami;
  • “Mariko Mori: Oneness”, a large scale exhibition by the Japanese artist, Mariko Mori;
  • “Paul McCartney — Paintings”, a survey exhibition of paintings by Sir Paul McCartney;
  • “Rhine on The Dnipro: Julia Stoschek Collection / Andreas Gursky”, a thematic video art exhibition with seventeen international artists and major one-person photography exhibition;
  • Exhibition of the British artist Sam Taylor-Wood and “21 RUSSIA”, a group showcase of contemporary Russian artists.
  • “REQUIEM”, the largest retrospective show of the British artist Damien Hirst;
  • Exhibition of 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize and a group show of Ukrainian artists of the elder generation “RED FOREST”;
  • Two parallel solo exhibitions: “Faith Matters” by Indian Subodh Gupta and “Ukraine” by Sergey Bratkov;
  • Sexuality and Transcendence – a major international group exhibition;
  • Solo exhibition of Takashi Murakami;
  • 21 Shortlisted Artists of the Future Generation Art Prize Group Exhibition;
  • Solo exhibition of the South African artist Candice Breitz: "You+I";
  • Solo show by Mexican artist Damian Ortega “Tool Bit”;
  • "Collection Platform 1: Circulation";
  • "Your emotional future", solo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson;
  • Solo Exhibition of Cinthia Marcelle, the winner of the Main Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize 2010;
  • Exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011;
  • "If there is no water running from your tap" – a solo exhibition by Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Roytburd in the context of РАС-UA;
  • "Backside entrance to the museum" by Iliya Chichkan and Psyfox, a РАС-UA project.

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:

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.


  • General Director: Eckhard Schneider
  • Artistic Manager: Bjorn Geldhof
  • Executive Director: Dmitry Logvin
  • Senior Project Manager: Halyna Stakhurska
  • Communications Director: Dennis Kazvan


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