On September the 14th, M17 Sculpture Project, initiated by M17 Contemporary Art Center and Adamovskiy Foundation, presented the sculptures of the winners of the second Kiev International Sculpture Symposium (KISS 2019).
Kiev International Sculpture Symposium is a sculpture residence where artists, who were selected by a qualified international jury, work for a month in order to create large-scale three-dimensional objects.

Reborn in 2018, 30 years after the first All-Union Symposium on Sculpture in 1988, with the support of the Adamovskiy Foundation, «plener», as it was then, takes place on the territory of the National Complex “Expocenter of Ukraine”.
“Holding a sculpture symposium is a timeless event. Sculptors create images in stone, become the documentaries of their time, conveying the meaning that remains to live for centuries. For me, as a patriot and a man whose passion became art many years ago, it is important to create the conditions for the emergence of new artists whose creativity will become another turning point in Ukrainian mental code. I believe that the country that gave birth to Arkhipenko is capable of giving the world even more. ”
Andrey Adamovsky

This year’s competition was joined by international experts from M17 Sculpture Prize project, initiated and supported by Adamovskiy Foundation in 2018.

The jury included:
Helen Phoebe (UK) is the head of the curatorial program at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Lisa Parola (Italy) – curator, consultant at the Mario Merz Foundation
Oleksandr Dyachenko (Ukraine) – sculptor, curator of the symposium in Kaniv
Stella Ioannou (UK) – Art Consultant, Director of Sculpture in the City

The winners of KISS 2019 were:
Francesca Bernardini (Italy) with «Connection»
Anatoliy Kryvanich (Ukraine) – work «Peace»
Oleg Putrashik (Ukraine) – work «Broadcast»
We would like to thank KISS curator Darina Mo Mot, M17 Sculpture Project curator Catherine Rai, as well as Alexander Tseholnik and the entire M17 CAC team.