“Shelter” exhibition project for Ukrainian artists. Diana Berg

“Shelter” exhibition project for Ukrainian artists. Diana Berg


Lviv Municipal Art Center resumes its exhibition activities. Along with the “Cooperation” space for joint work of the displaced persons and Lviv residents working in the creative and social spheres, we are launching “Shelter” exhibition project for Ukrainian artists. Objects are located in those rooms that are actually used by the Municipal Art Center as the safest places within its premises during air alarms.


Not so long ago we all used to have our own shelters – warm, cozy and safe. My shelter was and apartment in the very center of peaceful flourishing Mariupol. Here I felt home for the first time after I lost one in 2014th, in Donetsk. From here I could see the plant, the church, the sea and the central park from it. But the main character of my window view was the Drama theater. For 2 years I’ve been observing the life of the theater, and on 24th of February I’ve taped the windows and the plays in the theater were cancelled. I was looking at my dear Drama theater that was becoming a shelter for hundreds of people from the crossed windows under the explosions and shelling.

I left when I felt my shelter was not safe any more. My home have turned from the shelter to the trap, and even taped windows did not fill me with sence of safety. I escaped and leaving everything that made my home a cozy shelter behind – all the symbolic and valuable things that have constituted my comfort. Leaving the best view in Mariupol – on the plant, the sea, the church, the central park, an my dear Drama theatre. The week after my window view has changed forever – the air bomb has destroyed the theater, along with 300 civilians sheltering there. They say people survived in the bombshelter, but the ruins and debris are still impossible to clean, it was shelled by artillery. My windows are no more, and my home is either ruined or taken by “liberators”.

I din not have any proper act of farewell – not for my home, not for my theater, as they equally symbolize my peaceful life – and I would like to make it. I will look at and share with you the precious moments of my peaceful happy life in Mariupol from the windows of my shelter-home, with it’s symbol on the background – the Drama theater. We will look together on the beautiful past from the hellish present. And I will cross out forever everything my life consisted of before February 2022, and I will bury my shelter in order to free the energy for creating new life, again.

Materials: photos from private archive, beamer, tape
Sound-design – reconstruction of soundscape of Mariupol, Kin.

Diana Berg (born December 7, 1979, Donetsk / Mariupol) is a Ukrainian public figure, founder of the Mariupol TU platform, organizer of the Donetsk is Ukraine movement, and a designer.


“Shelter” exhibition project for Ukrainian artists is aimed at demonstrating reactionary art that has emerged in the time of russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Artists turn into the persons responsible for the shelter and fill the space of the Lviv Municipal Art Center choosing the method and principle of exhibiting their works on their own.

The description of the exhibitions presents the impressions of artists from their own shelters. These are perhaps the only places that may save them during the war in Ukraine. Likewise, the works of art become a refuge for the messages that artists communicate to the world.

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The exhibition will be free to visit daily from April 15, 2022 from 10 am to 9 pm

11 Stefanyka street, Lviv

Code on the gate – 27


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Since the beginning of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Lviv Municipal Art Center has reformatted its activities, being at first turned into a shelter for the forcibly displaced people. In the course of 2 weeks we hosted more than 400 displaced people offering them rest and psychological help.

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