Lviv Gallery Video

Lviv UNESCO City Of Literature Office
LEM Station
Katowice Miasto Ogrodów
Environmental design
Music production
Video production
September 12th, 2021

The decision to found a municipal gallery of art was made in 1897, with the Lviv Art Gallery first formally opened in 1907. The museum experienced grave difficulties during the early soviet era and WWII, as the soviets regarded the existence of anything like a nationally-oriented museum collection with antipathy and distrust. In a notorious episode, the museum's wartime director, Ivan Ivanets, was kidnapped by SMERSH and executed in russian territory in 1946. During the 1960s and 1990s, under the directorship of revered art historian Borys Voznytsky,[4] the Lviv Art Gallery became a significant museum center with multiple branches. In recognition of the size and quality of its collection, it received its status as the National Art Gallery of Ukraine in October, 2009 and on April 12, 2013, the Lviv National Gallery of Arts became the Boris Vosznytsky Lviv National Gallery of Arts, in honor of Vosznytsky's more than 40 years service, through the period Soviet rule and into that of independent Ukraine.
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This video is an intro to the National Gallery of Art's series of promotional presentation videos. The idea is to combine several layers - music, literature, visual art. Writers and literati choose one of the pictures to comment on, at the same time, write their own piece of literary text for it, or use an already existing excerpt from their own texts. The authors read this passage in front of certain paintings or sculptures, it happens with audio accompaniment. We managed to record only one video - a presentation video with the director of the Publishers' Forum, Sofia Chelyak. The video is a complete improvisation with partially prepared preliminary text and sample material. We tried to saturate the stage with light and turn the exhibition hall into an atmospheric platform in which all theories of art interact with each other and enter into a certain game. The final act was the work of cinematographer Andriyan Veremienko, who revealed all these common elements and turned them into a short journey through the exhibition hall, somewhat surreal, somewhat creepy, somewhat documentary.