In December 2017 a project depicting Kharkiv art over the past hundred years was presented at the National Museum of Ukraine. It included works reflecting the development of the avant-garde influence on the artistic trends of the city. Not using the avant-garde art of the early twentieth century, curators use this term in the broad sense, without reference to the specific historical period. Considering avant-garde art as an art characterized by an experimental approach to artistic creativity that goes beyond the framework of classical aesthetics but uses original, innovative means of expression. From the moment of its appearance avant-garde became very important for Kharkiv. The city created the right conditions for the avant-garde movement, giving birth to innovations and progressive ideas. Over the past hundred years, cultural life in Kharkiv has developed particularly rapidly. Theater, literature, painting, design, architecture, photography all have their own innovative artist. Vasyl Yermilov, Les Kurbas, Borys Kosarev, Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Vitalii Kulikov, Borys Mikhailov — these are just a few names that are already statements. And all these authors were born, lived or worked in Kharkiv. “HA City” is a curatorial project dedicated to one of the most important aspects of the avant-garde art in Kharkiv – a text, a symbol and a sign. Those study objects of the project are not accidental; the textual and symbolic components have been distinctive for the visual art in Kharkiv for the past hundred years. This is due to its history and cultural environment, where all forms of art are intertwined with each other, and a text becomes just as important as a color or a line. Having identified these three elements, the curators trace the development and mutual influence in the art of the 20th century – the most difficult and important period for Kharkiv. The project combines constructivists and new wave artists, photographers and painters, traditional techniques and new media. The main characters of the exhibition were: Derzhprom, avant-garde artists of the early 20th century (Vasyl Yermilov, Borys Kosarev, Mariya Sinyakova), representatives of conceptualism and non-conformism (Vagrich Bakhchanyan), Kharkiv School of Photography (Borys Mikhailov, Yevhen Pavlov), “heirs of the avant-garde” (Vitalii Kulikov, Pavlo Makov), and contemporary artists of Kharkiv. The curatorial statement tried to capture how each new generation in Kharkiv culture, each new avant-garde movement, opened up a new essence of things and innovation. The public program of the exhibition was accompanied by theoretical, educational and discussion platforms, as well as infographics – a scheme that traces the development of Kharkiv culture over these past 100 years in three main vectors: Time, Events, People.