Arsenale is hoping to eventually become an alternative to the Venice Biennale, an art show that runs in the years between Arsenale’s planned dates. More than Hr 38 million was spent to set up the first Ukrainian event. Organizers are hoping to recover 50 percent of the amount from the state; sponsors covered the other half of the costs.
“This is the first biennale [of its kind]; the works you’ll see here you will never see at any other biennale,” said David Elliott, one of the world’s top art curators who was in charge of the exhibition called “The Best of Times, The Worst of Times.”
Elliott says the artists were asked to describe the past, present and future in terms of art. The majority of the works were created within the last two to three years and you can expect to see anything from huge frescoes to video and photo installations on display.