«GOGOLFEST» - it is the artistic-audio-video-theatric-literary-philosophical project of Cultural Art Museum and Modern Art Center “Krysha”, dedicated to 200-year anniversary of Nikolai Gogol.
The aim of this project is to unite different distinguished modern artists, philosophers, musicians, writers and directors, as well as producer’s and patron’s powers and all, who really cares about Modern Ukrainian Art around the name and philosophical- religious ideas of the genius, who presented the new and unknown, mystical “terra incognita” – Ukraine to the world.
“GOGOLFEST” project is a significant step in the way of implementation of Art Arsenal’s Main Goal, which is appealed to be a “window into Ukraine for the world and window into the world for Ukraine at the same time”. Also, it has to “fulfill two general functions, which never been combined in any cultural and art project before – concentrate cultural and art values and generate an innovation processes in Ukrainian Culture”.
“GOGOLFEST” project is accumulation of creative energy of Ukrainian Art’s Ideological Elite and making of precedent for significant Ukrainian Art’s Actions; it is producing of new mighty creative field, it is popularization of Modern Ukrainian Art at the world level. Furthermore, it is re-perception, accumulation and rectification of philosophical and art’s heritage of Nikolai Gogol. It is creation of fairy world tree of Modern Ukrainian Art Civilization.
The first stage of “GOGOLFEST” was held within the precincts of “Art Arsenal” (7 -14 September 2007) and consisted of visual (“GOGOL.PORTRET” Project), theatrical (“GOGOL’S DEATH” Spectacle-performance) and musical (concerts) programs.
The top-priority condition for presented art, musical, theatrical, audio-visual and other possible projects were their relation with core of “Arsenal’s” architectural space. “The artist must come into the Arsenal’s space as into the life-giving bosom- not destroying, but engendering a child of approaching Art Civilization in it.”
Mykita and Egor Zigura presented the installation named “Dead souls. Volume two” there. As you know, the manuscripts do not burn.