Crimea’s Amazing History Told Through Art


May 3, 2019


KYIV, Ukraine — Amazing Stories of Crimea at Art Arsenal (Mystetskyi Arsenal) in Kyiv is remarkable for two reasons. First, despite the unavailability of objects from museums in Crimea (due to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, unrecognized by Ukraine), the exhibition includes a significant collection of traditional objects lent by 15 museums and private collections in Ukraine, such as the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv History Museum, and the Kharkiv Art Museum. The exhibition focuses on the cultural bond between the Crimean peninsula and mainland Ukraine; the curators note that many artifacts found in Crimea are identical to those found in Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts in the southeast of Ukraine.