About the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

National Academy of Arts of Ukraine

is a self-administered scientific organisation in the field of culture and arts, based on state ownership.

The Academy of Arts of Ukraine was founded under Decree No. 1209 of the President of Ukraine, dated December 14, 1996. It became an outstanding event for the artistic and scientific community of the country. Considering the professional achievements of the Academy, the institution was granted the status of the ‘national’ by the Decree of the President of Ukraine under No. 191 dated 18.02.2010.
The Academy interacts with the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, as well as other central and local executive authorities, the National Academy of Sciences, other branch academies of sciences, creative unions, art institutions and educational establishments.

NAAU Mission

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Honouring national artistic traditions and history, to appreciate and popularize the achievements of Ukrainian culture within the country and worldwide.

NAAU Objectives

Research

Fundamental scientific and theoretical research on artistic creativity, theory and history of world and Ukrainian art, art criticism, art education, and aesthetic education, as well as the publication of monographs in the respective scientific fields

Projects

Exhibitions and various promotional events

Coordination

Integration and coordination of scientific activities in the field of art and culture in order to develop proposals for improving state policy in the respective sphere

Development

Development of effective ways of revival and enrichment of national traditions in artistic culture, promotion of regional art schools and creative movements

Copyright Protection

Establishing cooperation with the relevant state authorities on the protection of copyright for artists and scientists for their creative works

International Collaboration

Development of scientific and cultural cooperation with foreign art academies and universities, scientists and artists, and representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora

Training Programmes and Assessment

Training of scientific and scientific-pedagogical personnel of higher professional qualification (PhD) in the field of culture and art and their qualification assessment

Supporting Artists and Scientists

Providing support and promoting the scientific and creative activities of artists and scientists, including in particular for their writing papers on the theory and history of art and culture

Advanced Training

Professional growth of art workers, scientists and teaching staff of higher education art institutions

Advisory Services

Providing advisory scientific and methodological support to art education institutions, enterprises, institutions and organisations in the implementation of state programmes to promote the further development of artistic culture

Guidelines

Involvement in the development of proposals and recommendations for addressing the challenges of the development of the science of art and culture, the formation of artistic culture, the refinement of higher art education

Supporting Youth

Promotion of scientific and artistic creativity of the youth in the artistic culture

Providing Protection for NAAU Members

Promoting social and legal protection of NAAU members, and their intellectual property, providing support for scientific and creative projects

NAAU Activity

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The activity of the Academy is a form of support and the continuation of the glorious traditions of the Ukrainian people in the field of art, the science of art and culture, and art education, an effective tool for the fulfilment of social and cultural needs and aspirations of the nation. 
The further effective work of the Academy is of utmost importance for the development of the best traditions of the past and present, the implementation of fundamental art and cultural studies in the history and theory of visual, musical, theatrical and decorative arts, cinema, architecture and design. 
According to the statutory provisions of the NAAU, the principal activities are as follows:

  • Research

    Fundamental and applied scientific and theoretical research on artistic creativity, history and theory of international and Ukrainian art, art criticism, art education and aesthetic education

  • Culture Development

    Determination of priority areas of scientific research, involvement of scientists and artists in the implementation of state and international programmes for the further development of artistic culture

  • Popularization

    Study and summarization of scientific and creative experience of national and international cultural figures, popularization of scientific knowledge and creative achievements of national art at the world level

NAAU Structure

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NAAU General Meeting

The supreme governing body of the Academy is the General Meeting summoned by the Presidium of the Academy on demand, but no less than once a year. Decisions of the General Meeting of the Academy shall be adopted upon open voting by a simple majority of votes in the presence of at least two third of the Academy members.
The General Meeting is attended by academicians and corresponding members, honorary academicians, foreign members, heads and representatives of scientific and creative institutions of the Academy.

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NAAU President

The President of the Academy is elected by the General Meeting from among the academicians by secret ballot by a simple majority of votes for a term of five years.
The President shall organize the work of the Academy and its Presidium and bear personal responsibility for its activities, shall chair the Presidium and the Bureau of the Presidium, and ensure the implementation of decisions of theGeneral Meeting of the Academy, as well as approve regulations on structural units of the Presidium and job instructions of their heads, issue orders and decrees, etc.

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NAAU Presidium

The Presidium, headed by the President, shall manage the work of the Academy and control the observance of the Charter (Statute) of the NAAU of Ukraine in the period between sessions of the General Meeting of the Academy.

The Presidium consists of the President, Vice-Presidents, Chief Scientific Secretary and Academicians-Secretaries of the Departments. Meetings of the Presidium are usually held monthly.

The President and other members of the Presidium are elected for a term of five years by secret ballot by the General Meeting of the Academy exclusively from among the academicians by a simple majority vote.

The Presidium of the Academy has an editorial and publishing council, scientific councils, committees and commissions on specific artistic issues. The Presidium has a permanent apparatus that ensures the implementation of its decisions.

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NAAU Personnel

The NAAU Personnel operates pursuant to the regulations approved by the Presidium. It is subordinate to the Presidium and ensures the implementation of its decisions.

The general administration of the Personnel is carried out by the Chief Scientific Secretary of the Academy, and on some certain issues by members of the Presidium according to the distribution of responsibilities.

The structure of the Personnel is approved by the Presidium; it provides legal and social protection for its employees and sets the remuneration of the employees of the Personnel.

The Personnel includes the following departments:
art science and education, scientific coordination and information, international scientific and artistic relations, financial and economic department, internal audit, accounting and reporting department, protocol and general department, personnel department, technical operation and material security department.

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NAAU Departments

Members of the Academy of one or more field
are united in the respective departments for the purpose of further development of fundamental and applied research, development of scientific and creative programs, art projects, etc.

The number and names of the Academy's departments are determined by the General Meeting of the Academy. The supreme governing body of the department is its General Meeting.

Today, there are six departments in the structure of the NAAU: fine arts, music, theatre arts (drama), cinema, theory and history of arts, synthesis of plastic arts, the section of aesthetics and cultural studies (as part of the department of synthesis of plastic arts).

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NAAU Institutions

The main pillars of the Academy are two research institutes of art profile (the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine and the Institute for Cultural Research of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine), two locally separated scientific and art structural subdivisions (the Western Regional Scientific and Art Center and the Eastern Regional Scientific and Art Center) and equivalent institutions for advanced training of art workers, research centres, museums, libraries, foundations, etc.
The issues of research activities of scientific institutions, separate subdivisions, enterprises and organizations under the jurisdiction of the Academy shall be heard at the meetings of the Academy's departments. 
The head of a research institution shall be appointed by the order of the President of the Academy under a contract for a term ranging from one to five years.
The regional scientific and artistic centre operates on the basis of the charters (statutes, or regulations) approved by the Presidium of the Academy.

Six Departments of the NAAU

Fine Arts

Musical Art

Cinematography

Art Theory and History

Synthesis of Plastic Arts

NAAU Institutions

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Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine

MARI of the NAAU is the only research institution in Ukraine that carries out fundamental scientific research in various fields of contemporary art, as well as practical and research studies.

    It was founded under the Order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as of 13.12.2001 under No. 578-p

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Institute for Cultural Research of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine

The Institute for Cultural Research of the NAAU carries out fundamental scientific research in the field of cultural studies, as a system of knowledge about the essence of culture, patterns and development of the human environment.

    It was founded under the Order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as of 30.05.2007 under No. 357-p and the decision of the Presidium of the NAAU dated 14.06.2007

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Western Regional Scientific and Art Center

The locally separated scientific and artistic structural unit of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Lviv city (since 2015). The Center operates on a voluntary basis and unites the local full members (academicians), corresponding members, foreign members and honorary academicians of the NAAU.

    The Resolution of the Presidium of the NAAU dated 10.03.2016 under No. 2/11-09

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Eastern Regional Scientific and Art Center

The locally separated scientific and artistic structural unit of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Kharkiv city (since 2019). The Center operates on a voluntary basis and unites the local full members (academicians), corresponding members, foreign members and honorary academicians of the NAAU.

    The Resolution of the Presidium of the NAAU dated 01.11.2018 under No. 10/46-09

NAAU History

The Academy of Arts of Ukraine was founded under Decree No. 1209 of the President of Ukraine, dated December 14, 1996. It became an outstanding event for the artistic and scientific community of the country. Considering the professional achievements of the Academy, the institution was granted the status of the ‘national’ by the Decree of the President of Ukraine under No. 191 dated 18.02.2010. 
The cornerstone of the further development of the NAAU as a branch of the Academy of Sciences was the centuries-old glorious history of the development of the spiritual culture of Ukraine, in particular the influence on this process of the activities of the well-known in Europe Kyiv-Mohyla and Ostroh Academies, and later, the Ukrainian Academy of Arts, founded on 18.12.1917.

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Ostroh Academy

The oldest Ukrainian scientific and educational institution was founded by Kostiantyn Vasyl Ostrozkyi (Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski)

1658

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Originally founded by Metropolitan Petro Mohyla as the Kyiv Brotherhood School, it later received the status of an academy. During its existence, it was one of the largest and most prominent educational centres in Eastern Europe.

1917

Ukrainian Academy of Art

Established on 18.12.1917 following the initiative of prominent figures of culture, science and art and members of the Central Council of Ukraine. The foundation of the Academy, one of the highest art educational centres in Europe, and its further development was an outstanding event for the Ukrainian art community.

1945

Academy of Architecture of the Ukrainian SSR

Established immediately after the Second World War, it consisted of a number of research institutes of architectural, construction and artistic profiles, such as the Institute of Monumental Painting and Sculpture, the Institute of Theory and History of Architecture.

1996

National Academy of Arts of Ukraine

On December 14, 1996, the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine was founded. Today it is a state scientific and art institution that performs activities in the field of art, culture and art history of Ukraine.

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Five departments were formed in the structure of the Academy at the time of its foundation. The scientific and creative staff consisted of 60 people: 25 Full Members (Academicians) and 35 Corresponding Members. In accordance with the Presidential Decree, 7 former members of the Academy of Arts of the USSR were elected as Full Members (Academicians) in addition to the above number. Today the number of Academy members has increased to 122 (54 Academicians and 68 Corresponding Members).

The Building of the NAAU Presidium

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The building of the Presidium of the NAAU is located in the city of Kyiv, 20 Bulvarno-Kudryavska street. The building was constructed almost instantaneously at the expense of the sugar manufacturer and billionaire Lev Brodsky (1852-1923) on the site allocated by the City Council for the Children's Hospital of the Society for Assistance to Sick Children. The ground-breaking ceremony took place on the 6th of August, 1897, and the official opening and consecration of the outpatient clinic took place on the 18th of October, 1898.
Lev Brodsky, spent 60 thousand rubles on the construction and decoration of the hospital at his own expense. After the initial project created by railway engineer Serhii Podhurskyi had failed Brodsky's approval, Kharkiv civil engineer Mykhailo Artynov (1853-1913) was invited to design the hospital. Although Artynov had just moved to Kyiv, he refused to accept a fee for the design and supervision of the project. The project consultant was Vasyl Chernov, a professor of paediatrics at St. Volodymyr's University.
The main hall of the one-story building is a spacious two-light waiting room with a floor made in terrazzo technique, which is known from ancient Roman times. The hall could accommodate up to three hundred people: parents with children waiting to see doctors. The acoustics of the hall also had an educational value: if one talks or shouts out loud, others will notice such behavioural flaws, and sick children tried to soothe the pain in order to avoid disturbing others. The ambulatory had equipped doctors' offices, infectious and surgical departments, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a library, even apartments for medical staff and utility rooms. To the left and behind the building there was a fairly spacious courtyard (eventually built up), connected through a symmetrical staircase with the central hall: an ambulance could drive up to it. The medical part of the ambulatory was headed by paediatrician Fedir Chornomor-Zadernovsky, and the surgeon Yevhen Cherniakhovsky, a professor of St. Volodymyr's University (in 1920 he was appointed the first rector of the Kyiv Medical Institute), was in charge of the patients' reception.
In Soviet times, the building housed the Central Children's Polyclinic, in the 1950s - the Children's Somatic Hospital, until 1996 - the First Polyclinic Department of the 15th Clinical Children's Hospital of the Shevchenkivskyi District. In 1996, the building was declared dilapidated (the last repair was carried out in 1957), and demolition was planned. Eventually, a bank did some minor restoration of the building, but it still remained abandoned. However, this did not prevent the building from being recognized as an architectural monument: the order of the Kyiv City State Administration dated 17.01.2000 No. 42, security No. 317.
By the order of the KCSA as of 12.05.1999 under No. 596, the building, almost a ruin, was transferred to the Presidium of the NAAU, and during August 2000 - June 2007 its major reconstruction was carried out by "Giprotsyvilprombud" (design) and "Kyivbudkom" (construction). In June 2007, the Presidium of the NAAU received its own premises.