Museum Exhibit: 200th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko

"Kateryna" by Taras Shevchenko, 1842, The National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

"Kateryna" by Taras Shevchenko, 1842, The National Museum of Taras Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

A Museum Exhibit in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko

The Ukrainian National Museum has prepared an exhibit to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s greatest literary figure, poet, artist, thinker and freedom fighter. The exhibit opens on Friday March 7th at 7 pm with a special opening night featuring the recitation and musical presentation of Shevchenko’s poetry as well as a video presentation of the current events on the Maidan.  The exhibit will feature a special collection of rare kobzar’s from the Museum’s library, an assortment of extraordinary posters and a treasure of vintage postcards.  Interspersed among these artifacts and treasures are antique Ukrainian rushnyky. The exhibit willcontinue through April 27, 2014.

An orphaned serf, Taras Shevchenko was a fearless poet who suffered imprisonment and exile to become the voice of his people. Shevchenko’s influence on facets of Ukrainian intellectual, literary and national life is still felt to this day. Recognized by the world as the Bard of Ukraine, Shevchenko’s poetry served as inspiration to the Ukrainian nation in its fight for freedom and independence. As a historical and political activist Shevchenko gave forceful expression to his countrymen’s sentiment at a time when culture and language was being suppressed by the Russian czar.  In his poem published in 1857, Shevchenko asked

 “When will we greet

Our own George Washington at last

With the new law of righteousness”

 Beloved and renowned for his literature, poetry and art, Taras Shevchenko was also honored for his fight for freedom and against slavery and serfdom. A notable page in Shevchenko’s life was his friendship with Ira Aldridge, an African American who became a well-known British actor.

Admission for the Opening Night: $10.00

Location: 2249 West Superior Street

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

General admission:  Adults $5.00, Children under 12 – Free. 

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