National Center of Folk Culture "Ivan Honchar Museum"

National Center of Folk Culture "Ivan Honchar Museum"
Kyiv, Ukraine

Ivan Honchar Museum (National Centre of Folk Culture) is a museum in Kyiv, Ukraine showcasing the culture of Ukraine and preserving Ukrainian folk art. The museum was founded on a private collection of Ivan Makarovych Honchar shortly after his death in 1993. During the Soviet period, Ivan was accused of nationalism. Each individual showing an interest in his private collection was registered with the KGB. The collection consists of over 30,000 items from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. A good example is a painting of the Ukrainian folklore hero Cossack Mamay. Other items include over 800 icons from the 16th century, more than 100 paintings by famous Ukrainian artists, an impressive collection of nearly 4000 items of textiles from the 18th and 19th centuries, pottery, toys, Easter eggs, wood carvings and Ukrainian folk music instruments. Another part of the museum consists of Honchar's private library with books containing material that had the possessor sent to prison during Soviet times.
The Museum is an institution, not only a collection of exhibits. There are folk art studios, shops, a theatre of folk songs and folklore, Ukrainian cuisine hands-on classes and other courses.

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Ivan Honchar MuseumLavrska St, 19
Kyivs'ka oblast
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