Ukrainian Canadian Exhibition Launched in Kyiv

Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk looks at a painting by William Kurelek, at the opening of the Ukrainian Canadians Exhibition in Kyiv on Feb. 12, 2019 Photo: Kyiv Post

Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

February 12, the Museum of Ukrainian Diaspora in Kyiv launched a new multimedia exhibit: Ukrainian Canadians. It covers the history of the first settlers from the end of the 19th century until the present day. The materials are dedicated to well-known Ukrainan Canadians – scientists, writers, politicians and public leaders. The exhibit showcases some of the oldest Ukrainian publications in Canada as well as archival documents including photos, documents, personal belongings of Mykola Plaviuk the last President-in-exile of the Ukrainian People’s Republic.

Interestingly, the exhibit carries artwork by William Kurelek – a well-known artist of Ukrainian descent whose fame goes far beyond Canada. Some of his paintings showcased at the exhibit have never been shown to the public before. The materials were gathered from all over the world, as reported by the director of the museum.

The Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora was opened in May 1999 as a branch of the Kyiv History Museum. The museum collection is displayed in eight halls of an old restored house in the center of Pechersk, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Kyiv. The museum tells the life stories and shows the personal belongings of composers, choir masters, writers, poets, choreographers, singers and other famous Ukrainians who emigrated or those who were born to Ukrainian families abroad.

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