United Artists collective (led by artists including Marina Abramović, Ron Arad) launch new initiative, United Artists For Ukraine, to raise funds for Ukrainian cultural funds and institutions


The  United  Artists  collective  is pleased to announce a new major initiative, the United Artists For Ukraine. The project will raise vital funds and awareness for Ukrainian cultural institutions and cultural projects in Ukraine severely impacted by the ongoing war. According to UNESCO, over 150 cultural sites have been partially or completely destroyed in the Russo-Ukrainian War. The collective’s initiative, United Artists for Ukraine, aims to help rebuild Ukrainian Culture and to preserve the conditions for art and culture to blossom once more.

The collective is an international community of collectors, curators and leading contemporary artists such as Marina Abramovic, Ron Arad, Luc Tuymans, Francesco Vezzoli, Douglas Gordon, and Ivan Messac and galleries including, Thaddeus Ropac, Perrotin and Nahmad projects, first launched during the Brexit campaign to champion European culture.

A new digital membership card is being launched through LaCollection’s platform from Wednesday  26th  October,  issued  as  an  NFT,  which  gives  holders  access  to  private  visits  to artists’  studios  of  the  collective,  alongside  events  across  the  international  art  scene  with participating  partners.  On  sale  from  500  Euros  through  lacollection.io,  funds  raised  will  be distributed across eight projects chosen through the Ukrainian Institute of Culture.

Benefits include a private tour by Ron Arad of his art studio in Camden Town London, a meeting with the greatest collector of modern art, David Nahmad, and a tour of Art Basel with a curator.

Is Art really relevant these days?!? ©Courtesy of Ron Arad

The collective will host a charity auction to launch the collection on 6 November at Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, coinciding with the end of the auction on LaCollection’s platform. The initiative is organised by Franco-English foundation The Hexagon Society, and will be hosted by former French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.

This first drop of NFT member’s cards, are designed by rising Ukrainian artist Irina Ozarinskaya. Graphic portraits of 10 famous artists including Basquiat, Cezanne and Durer, will be sold as either a ‘legendary’ card with the artist’s signature or under 3 levels of rarity: Ultra Rare, Rare or Common. Artists of the collective have also donated artwork, including Ron Arad’s NFT artwork Is Art really relevant these days?!? and Abdellah Qandeel’s oil painting La dolce Vita, which members have access to for a discounted price or through exchange.

Link to auction https://bit.ly/3N62s5p

United Artists for Ukraine artists:

Marina Abramovic, Ron Arad, Shezad Dawood, Jan Fabre, Ross Lovegorve, Ivan Messac, Sarah Meyohas, Iryna Ozarinskaya, Abdallad Quandeel, Morgane Tschiember, Luc Tuymans, Francesco Vezzoli, Alina Zamanova

Beneficiaries include:

Odessa Fine Arts Museum (OFAM), the National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU), The Ukrainian Institute, The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, the Harriman institute for Ukraine.


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