Key publications:

Interview with the MUHi 2015 founder Maryna Shcherbenko

MUHi 2015 shortlist announced

Interview with AEQUO law firm representatives Anna Babich and Alexander Mamunya

Personal project by Darya Koltsova – the MUHi 2015 winner

MUHi 2015 Experts’ Comments:

Nadim Samman: «Art is the game of generations»

Janusz Bałdyga: «Tradition is important for young Ukrainian artists»

«Art for art’s sake is too old»: Maryna Shcherbenko and Katya Taylor conversation

Oksana Barshynova: «Experts of a contest for young artists see things that no one can»

MUHi (Young Ukrainian Artists) – the first independent national competition for young Ukrainian artists under the age of 35. MUHi project was created in 2009 on the initiative of Marina Shcherbenko, the founder and curator of Bottega Gallery and Shcherbenko Art Centre.

The project objective is to help creative individuals to express themselves, to promote young artists who seek to develop, who pick up the latest world tendencies and actively produce their own original ideas and designs.

The main prerogative of the project is to discover new names in Ukrainian contemporary art. According to the rules, MUHi 2009-2012 nominees can’t participate in the competition again.

The works of 10 nominees selected by the experts committee will be presented at the final exhibition, which will be held in Kiev, at Modern Art Research Institute (Schors 18D str.) in October 2015.

Terms and Conditions 

The winner of the contest receives the award of 40 000 UAH.

Also two special prizes (15 000 UAH) will be awarded.

The winners will receive half of the reward in cash and the second half as the production fund for the realization of personal projects in 2016 in Shcherbenko Art Centre space.

The potential participants of the contest MUHi 2015 are Ukrainian artists or art groups under the age of 35.

Artists, who have been nominated in previous years, will not be selected.

One artist / art group can fill in only one application.

Application forms completed incorrectly may not be accepted.

The contest MUHi 2015 accepts all genres of artistic works, including video, installations, performances.

Each work has to be presented in the form of images and / or video and accompanied by a text description.

The contents of images, texts and video are the responsibility of the author.

The participation in the competition is free.

The terms and dates of installation will be agreed with each artist / group separately.

Additional questions about the terms of participation can be sent to
International expert commission 

Tatiana Tumasyan – curator, gallery owner, Kharkiv Municipal Gallery director

Oksana Barshynova – art historian, head of the research department of art the XX – the beginning of XXI century at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, curator

Kateryna Taylor – cultural project manager, co-founder of Platform for Contemporary Art

Nadim Samman – curator, co-founder of Import-Projects, the Near East Magazine editor

Janusz Baldyga – artist, performer, teacher, “Days of performance art in Lviv” curator
The dates of the main stages of the contest 

Applications reception – till May 5th, 2015

July 2015 – selection of 10 finalists

Summer 2015 – newspaper-guide release

October 2015 – exhibition of nominees at the Modern Art Research Institute

October-November 2015 – educational program

Late October 2015 – publication of the selection results, official ceremony
Information for media 

More information is available on the contest page MUHi 2015.
More questions and registration at:

Shcherbenko Art Centre was created by Maryna Shcherbenko, Ukrainian curator and gallery owner. The task of the centre is to create opportunities for dialogue between the art world and the general audience. The Centre is engaged in exhibition activities, and also works as a venue for lectures, round tables, workshops with leading masters of modern art in Ukraine and other countries.


MUHi 2015 Media Partners 




MUHi 2015 Project Partners  


Information about the MUHі 2015 media partners

Buro 24/7 – it is a modern information platform that covers news and current events in the field of fashion, culture, art, media and lifestyle.
Reliable information, exclusive content, efficiency and attract professionals and experts for full disclosure topics – these are the main advantages of Buro 24/7 compared to other resources. We write about successful people whose opinions are listened. We write about the personalities who set the tone for the future.

ART UKRAINE – a leading Ukrainian media about art founded in 2007. It’s the one of the few media in the country focusing on Ukrainian and global visual art. The magazine publishes interviews, critical reviews, columns and thematic headings from leading experts, artists and curators. It also contains information about important events in the art world, exhibitions, biennials and fairs, as well as the different schools and areas of classical and modern art.  ART UKRAINE exists in two formats: on-line version that includes daily news updates and a printed edition. The audience includes collectors, experts, artists, gallery owners, critics, and a wide range of readers – connoisseurs of art. Chief editor – Alisa Lozhkina.

CULTPROSTIR.UA – information-analytical platform of culture and lifestyle. The publication examines trends in Ukrainian and world culture. News, premieres, analysis, discussions, ratings, case studies and surveys.

Platforma – it is a new media for people who want to develop themselves and change the world around them. Our goal is quite ambitious: we want to reinvent Ukraine. To do this, we give our audience useful information about cultural events and educational opportunities in Ukraine and abroad, as well as doing journalism about entrepreneurship, art, science and technology. We write about what society lives, and about what it is worth  to live: perspective Ukrainian projects, best foreign experience in various areas ranging from the economy and ending the art, and application of these experience to local conditions.

ROSA-TV – Video Alternative TV, which aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and spiritual development of man and society.


Information about the MUHі 2015 project partners 
* Law firm investing in talents
AEQUO – it is a Ukrainian law firm with a diversified industrial specialization, combining highly recognized attorneys. Priority of the company is to achieve the business objectives of their clients. Extensive industry experience and deep understanding of business allow the company to develop innovative strategies and effective solutions to the most complex issues.
Today AEQUO – Counsel №1 for many of the largest Ukrainian and international companies and financial institutions, including companies from the Fortune 500 leaders in their industries. AEQUO partners and associates are repeatedly recognized by leading experts in their fields of law according to the international and national rankings such as Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR1000, World Trademark Review 1000 and Best Lawyers.
In its activities AEQUO seeks to promote sustainable economic and social development of Ukraine, makes a significant contribution to raise the level of legal culture, strengthen civil society, to raise the ethical standards of business, as well as to invest in talent, in particular to support the young Ukrainian artists.

Modern Art Research Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Arts was established in 2001 to conduct research and exhibition activities in the field of contemporary art. MARI initiatives aimed at creating intellectual atmosphere around the phenomena of contemporary art and culture. The assets of the Institute – holding Ukrainian and international art exhibitions, open air, workshops, seminars, conferences and forums. MARI significant achievement is his participation in the events of global importance, such as the 50 th, 52 th, 55 th Venice Biennale. Active exhibition activities and cooperation with leading curators and artists, support youth creative initiatives provide a constant material for scientific research and theoretical studies of the Institute.

Kyiv Academy of Media Arts (KAMA) is the first specialized educational project designed for systematic training of students of creative disciplines in Ukraine. KAMA’s career began in 2013 with three specialized advertising specialties. During one and a half years of existence it has expanded and launched new areas: design, architecture, art, filmmaking, fashion. KAMA’s mission is development of the creativity industry and the formation of a qualitatively new order and the education system.

The British Ukrainian Society (BUS) is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to strengthen the ties between Ukraine and the United Kingdom at all levels by providing a platform for closer contact and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, business, culture, education and science.

InterContinental Kyiv is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel chain by number of rooms. Located in the city center, near the Diplomatic Academy and Orthodox churches such as St. Michael’s Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Church. The hotel has 272 rooms, including 8 suites. In InterContinental Kyiv has everything you need for leisure and business: a panoramic lounge bar b-hush, a French restaurant Comme Il Faut, an Italian restaurant Olivera, beauty center and relaxation SPA InterContinental, six meeting rooms, including one of the largest halls for celebrations, among the hotels in the city.

Book Bureau – it is a small, but original collection of books on design, architecture, photography and art. Our range consists of popular books and niche publishers who are underrepresented in Ukraine or not represented at all: Gestalten, Steidl, Aperture, Thames & Hudson, Laurence King, Skira, MoMA, Contrasto, Kehrer, Braun et al. We essentially aim to keep prices recommended by publishers.
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MUHі 2012

The exhibition of MUHi 2012 nominees was held inat the Modern Art Research Institute, from 6 to November 28.

To the jury received near 500 applications, 27 of which has been selected, for nowit’s the record number of nominees.

Nominees 2012: Alekseenko Oleksander, Andrushchenko Yevgenij, Barabash Tereza, Bilej Yurij, Bykova Anna, Veligorskij Glib,
Dobrinya Ivanov, Dolyanovskij Mikhailo, Drozdova Mariya, Yelcin Oleksandr, Zotikova Nataliya, Klejtman Alina, Klymchak Evgenij/Starostenko Katerina, Kovach Pavlo, Kopytsya Alina, Mikhalich, Ozarinska Iryna, RAG Andriy, Raciborinska Yana, Samborskij Euvgeniy, Selischeva Olga,
Stadnik Larisa, Filatova Anna, Yurova Iryna, Shelkovina Alina/Vynokur Oleksander, Zigendemonic, Melnychuk Victor

The members of the expert committee of 2012: Tiberiy Silvashi, Victoria Burlaka, Olexander Solovjov, Marina Shcherbenko, Viktor Sydorenko, Eugene Karas.


MUHі 2011

The exhibition of MUHi nominees 2011 was held from May 20 till June 11 at the Modern Art Research Institute.

In general was received more than 400 applications.

Nominees 2011:

The members of the expert committee in 2012: Tiberiy Silvashi, Victoria Burlaka, Olexander Solovjov, Marina Shcherbenko, Viktor Sidorenko, Eugene Karas.

Jurors selected the works of those participants who don’t just follow the prevailing currents or trends in contemporary art and has but show to the viewer the example of art which is now creating in Ukraine by young artists and how it relates to global trends. This position was specified by the main purpose of the project, which is to encourage and support young artists, their inclusion in the context of contemporary Ukrainian art process as well as the establishment of a productive dialogue with the audience Ukrainian contemporary art.

Educational program which had always accompanied the project was structured and developed into a media art forum “Ukraine of the new media” and curated by young media theoretist Prudenko Ioannina . The Forum was established as a discussion platform for young Ukrainian media art theorists and practitioners. In the frames of forum the rich lecture program was offered so the audience was able to get acquainted with the problems of the theory and history of media art in Ukrainian and international practices. Among the lecturers were young researchers YaninaPrudenko (Kyiv), Olga Balashova ( Kuiv), Andriy Linik (Lviv).

At the AwardCeremony in the concert hall «Crystal Hall» guests were offered “Media- show ” in which young artists presented their works in various genres of media art: video art, interactive installation, digital street art, sound installation.


Каталог МУХi-2011

MUHі 2010

MUHі Contest 2010 took place in the space of the Modern Art Research Institute from May 12 to June 1. Works of 25 participants were selected among 500 applications.

The members of the expert committee of 2012:Victor Sidorenko, Tiberiy Silvashi Jerzy Onuch, Victoria Burlaka, Shcherbenko Maryna .

In general, the exhibition included more than 70 different kinds of unique works art: painting, sculpture, photography, collage, installation, video art. During the project were held thematic lectures on contemporary art .


MUHі 2009

In 2009, the group was MUHі curatorial project that took place in the space of Bottega Gallery from August 15 to September 3.

Participants: Artem Andreychuk, Alexey Khoroshko, Olga Andronova, Anna Valieva, Nicholay Kolomiets, Oksana Protsenko, Andriy Sydorenko.

It was one of the first major steps in the direction of the gallery to support young artists. In this period was determined the single most important criterion for selection of exhibitors – extraordinary creativity and desire for further professional development. These components are the key to success in any of the spheres of life and in art, they form synergistic effect, that is evidenced by the talent and genius of the young artist .

Participants went through several stages of selection before they got to the exposure.