Ukraine and Ukrainians – A digital exhibition in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the Ivan Honchar Museum

In support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which protects Ukrainians’ lives, heritage and future from being destroyed by Russia, the Ivan Honchar Museum has created an online exhibition “Ukraine and Ukrainians”

“Ukraine and Ukrainians” is a digital exhibition that invites viewers to explore Ukrainian photographs of the late XIX – I half of XX centuries. The images come from the archives of the National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum” (Kyiv, Ukraine), collected by the museum’s founder Ivan Honchar in the eponymous 18-volume art historical and ethnographic album.

“It’s more than just a photo. This is evidence of the diversity and uniqueness of Ukrainian culture. This is exactly what the enemy wants to destroy. But Ukrainians are incredibly freedom-loving people, and we confirm this every day in our resistance,” – the museum team explains.

Among the array of photographs from the album represented in the exhibition, the Museum presented twenty-five photographs with folk types of Ukrainians of the past centuries. Proud of their origin, magnificent, intent, freedom-loving – these are the ancestors of Ukrainians.

The exhibition can be viewed in Ukrainian and English at

The project was created for International Embroidery Day and the International Museum Day, this year’s theme of which is “The Power of Museums”.

Ivan Honchar (January 27, 1911 – June 18, 1993)

Ukrainian public and cultural figure, sculptor, painter, graphic artist, and ethnographer. Honoured Art Worker of the Ukrainian SSR (1960), Laureate of the Shevchenko National Prize (1989), People’s Artist of Ukraine (1990)

Founder of the National Center of Folk Culture “Ivan Honchar Museum”, which in the 1960s became the centre of the Ukrainian national revival.

One of the initiators of the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments, is the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine.