KHARKIV MUNICIPAL GALLERY – is a platform for socio-cultural initiatives of artists, curators, and cultural figures that has become an integral part of the Ukrainian art scene over the years of its existence. Kharkiv Municipal Gallery was created in 1996 and became the first gallery with the municipal status in the country. The gallery mainly works with Ukrainian contemporary artists.
The co-founder and director of the Gallery since its founding and to this day is TATYANA TUMASYAN/ art manager and curator.

Municipal Gallery (MG) was one of the first Ukrainian galleries to start the process of popularization and institutionalization of contemporary art. MG has always been a representative of the main trends and processes emerging in the Ukrainian art environment. Within its walls, the gallery combines exhibitions of traditional art media like painting, graphics, sculpture with new media and contemporary art projects. Each exhibit finds its own viewer. In addition, the gallery is a space for public, social and educational projects, a platform for communication and experiments which actively promotes Ukrainian contemporary art and diversifies cultural life of Kharkiv residents.

Over the past 20 years, the gallery has undertaken a number of major international projects and collaborated with artists and galleries from Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the USA, Iran, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Moldova, Israel, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Serbia, Slovakia, Namibia. There are hundreds of projects, promotions, exhibitions and festival programs in the gallery’s record of accomplishments.

Artists of the gallery: Borys Kosarev (1897 – 1994), Vagrich Bakhchanyan (1938-2009), Borys Mykhailov, Vitalii Kulikov (1935-2015), Viktor Gontarov (1943—2009), Sergiy Bratkov, Pavlo Makov, Eduard Yashin, Oleksii Borysov, Olexander Ridnyi, Volodymyr Kochmar, Artem Volokitin, Roman Minin, Gamlet Zinkіvskyi and many others.

The Municipal Gallery is a place of the free spirit, supporting initiatives in the field of contemporary art and culture. For many years the gallery has been one of the top art institutions in Ukraine.

In 2008 the gallery opened “ART basement” — an additional exhibition space that showcases upcoming and experimental artists.

Since 2003, every two years the Municipal Gallery has been hosting NonStopMedia — a large contemporary art festival for young artists, complete with a large-scale educational program, workshops, films, music, theater events and side projects. NonStopMedia has become one of the most prominent projects of the gallery.

The gallery has two venues: the main space (100 sq m) and the ART basement (140 sq m). Exhibitions change every two weeks.


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2021 Project “Chronicle of Art. MG 25″, Kharkiv

2021 Project “25” in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Kharkiv Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv, booklet

2021 “No Taboo. Update”. Project with participation of 23 NonStopMedia X laureates, Kharkiv

2020 “Let’s preserve Kulikov’s legacy. The Figure ”, Kharkiv.

2020 “We were born to make Kafka come true: Vagrich Bakhchanyan”, Kharkiv.

2019-2020 Ukrainian-Austrian project “I Do Not Feel Free to Do What I Want”, Kharkiv-Graz

2019 2nd National Biennale of Young Art, Kharkiv, catalogue.

2019 “We were born to make Kafka come true”: exhibition-collage of Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Museum of Contemporary Art, Odesa.

2018 – 2003 NonStopMedia Young artist’s festival, 9 editions, catalogues.

2017-2018 “HA city. Kharkiv Avant-garde: Research project, NAMU, Kyiv, catalogue

2017 «The Song of the Stormy Petrel. Short Course»: side project at the 5th Biennale of Contemporary Art, Odesa.

2016 «Vagrich Bakhchanyan – artist of the word»: re-creation project, Kharkiv, catalogue.

2015 The memorial «Save Kulikov’s heritage», Kharkiv, catalogue

2015 International public space project «Understanding/Ponimanie», Kharkiv/Berlin, catalogue

2013 «Borys Mykhailov. UNRESPECTABLE»: retrospective exhibition + public platform with the participation of Victor Misiano, Elena Petrovskaya, Paul Wumbel, Alexander Rappaport, Kharkiv.

2012 «Presence of absence»: exhibition of Ukrainian and Lithuanian artists within the European project “Tandem”, Kharkiv/Ukraine, Kishinev/ the Republic of Moldova, Klaipėda/Lithuania, catalogue.

2011 «11.11.11» and «On the ground» projects, «Art-Kyiv Contemporary 2011», Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, catalogue.

NONSTOPMEDIA – Festival of youth projects, one of the pioneers in this field. Exists since 2003. NonStopMedia is a series of diverse cultural events, the main purpose of the festival is the exhibition of young artists – nominees of the festival.

RESIDENCE EXCHANGE PROGRAM – gallery project aimed at the dynamic multicultural development of young artists. Since 2011.

The Night of Museums – international cultural event, organized by MG in Kharkiv.

STREET-ART FEST – urban festival of street art.

The Curatorial Training – educational platform for young curators. Created in 2015.

2010 «Made in Kharkiv», international exhibition «Art-Kyiv Contemporary 2010», Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, catalogue.

2010 Presentation of the NonStopMedia projects at the The Week of Contemporary Art, Lviv,

2010 “Conservation of the history”, festival “ The Balaklava Odyssey ”, Sevastopil.

2010 Vitalii Kulikov’s exhibition and presentation of the monograph, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv, catalogue.

2009 3 social projects by Swedish and Ukrainian authors, GogolFest, Kyiv, Ukraine, catalog.

2009 Vitaly Kulikov “SPIRITUS LOCI”: Landscape painting, “Ya Gallery”, Kyiv, catalog.

2008 “Laboratory of Ukrainian Photography”, III International Festival of Photography “Kyivfotokom”, Kyiv, catalogue.

2008 “Another capital – new Kharkiv photography”, State Center for Photography RUSPHOTO, Saint Petersburg, booklet.

2008 “People and idols”, Curators’ Cartel, GogolFest, Kyiv, catalogue.

2007 Ukrainian-Swedish photo project “Urban Structure” within international project «SWIЖе», Kharkiv, Kyiv, Lviv, Sundsvall/Sweden.