Pavilion of Ukraine at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – will present the project entitled The Shadow of Dream* cast upon Giardini della Biennale devoted to rethinking the notion of myth and its significance and influence on contemporary art.

Mriya in flight, 2015, photo, © Vasiliy Koba, Courtesy Antonov Company.


For the full duration of the biennale there will be performances in the pavilion based on the myth of the flight of the world’s largest cargo aircraft over Venice on May 9th at noon. The An-225 Mriya*, (Ukrainian: ”dream”), will cast its shadow over the Giardini della Biennale for a few seconds carrying only a digital hard drive with a directory of all** living Ukrainian artists in its cargo hold.

As stated by Open Group (curator): “Such histories inflect our experience as Ukrainian artists, however they do not wholly define us. The story of the shadow of the Dream passing over the Giardini della Biennale may pass into myth via retellings in the pavilion and the media, but we consider this to be constituent of the dynamic corpus of our curatorial proposition”.


Shadow of Dream, 2019, sketch, calculations by Sophia Bercha, © Open Group, Courtesy Yuriy Biley.


Shadow of Dream, 2019, screens from video, © Open Group


*Designed in Kyiv by the Antonov Design Bureau. Intended primarily to transport cargo for the Soviet space program, including multiple-launch Buran spacecrafts and components for Soviet Energia rockets. With a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tons, it is largest and the heaviest aircraft in the world.

**i.e. all artists who have agreed to participate.