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Kyiv's First International Biennale Of Contemporary Art

Ukraine's first Biennale of Contemporary Art kicked off this month at Kyiv’s Mystetskyi Arsenal art center. Staged at a cost of $4.75 million in a space comprising 20,000 square meters, this landmark event features the work of 80 artists from 40 countries. Here's a quick look at some of the artworks renowned curator David Elliot has chosen for the exhibition.

One of the sculptures that features in "Circle of Animals" by the high-profile Chinese artist Ai Weiwei
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One of the sculptures that features in "Circle of Animals" by the high-profile Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

Comprising 12 bronze animal heads "Circle of Animals" has been conceived as a reinterpretation of the Chinese zodiac. It is Weiwei's first major public sculpture project. 
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Comprising 12 bronze animal heads "Circle of Animals" has been conceived as a reinterpretation of the Chinese zodiac. It is Weiwei's first major public sculpture project. 

A visitor walks past "Ash Colour Mountains," an acrylic on canvas by Japanese artist Makoto Aida. 
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A visitor walks past "Ash Colour Mountains," an acrylic on canvas by Japanese artist Makoto Aida. 

Vladimir Lenin features in "Superstars" by Kyrgyz artist Vyacheslav Akhunov, who now lives and works in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
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Vladimir Lenin features in "Superstars" by Kyrgyz artist Vyacheslav Akhunov, who now lives and works in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Newly elected Russian President Vladimir Putin also features in Akhunov's ironically playful installation.
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Newly elected Russian President Vladimir Putin also features in Akhunov's ironically playful installation.

Akhunov makes effective use of old Soviet propaganda in another installation called "Monument to the Match." 
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Akhunov makes effective use of old Soviet propaganda in another installation called "Monument to the Match." 

Osaka-based Japanese artist Yanobe Kenji undoubtedly had some visitors scratching their heads with his offbeat "Minnie the Night." Kenji specializes in pieces that simulate consumer products designed for use after a nuclear holocaust. 
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Osaka-based Japanese artist Yanobe Kenji undoubtedly had some visitors scratching their heads with his offbeat "Minnie the Night." Kenji specializes in pieces that simulate consumer products designed for use after a nuclear holocaust. 

"Woods IX" by another Japanese artist Shigeo Toya
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"Woods IX" by another Japanese artist Shigeo Toya

"Shooting" by the Amsterdam-based Dutch artist Folkert de Jong.
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"Shooting" by the Amsterdam-based Dutch artist Folkert de Jong.

A detail from the eye-catching Nazi-themed installation "F**king Dinosaurs" by English brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman. 
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A detail from the eye-catching Nazi-themed installation "F**king Dinosaurs" by English brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman. 

Nazi themes and imagery feature regularly in the controversial Chapman Brothers' work.
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Nazi themes and imagery feature regularly in the controversial Chapman Brothers' work.

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