Museum of the sixties

Museum of the sixties , 2012 р. , Kyiv (Shevchenkiv district)
  • Museum of the sixties
  • August 22, 2012
  • Kyiv, str. Olesya Honchara, 33A
  • History, Literature, Art
  • Olena Oleksandrivna Lodzinska
  • 380 (44) 234-12-04
  • Tuesday - Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (check-out until 5:15 p.m.), closed on Monday

The Museum of the Sixties - a branch of the Museum of the History of the City of Kyiv - was created on the initiative of a public organization with a similar name. The basis of the museum's collection is the private gatherings of Ukrainian sixties and members of the movement of resistance to Soviet totalitarianism in the 1970s and 1980s. The exposition presents artistic works of talented and original artists (painting, graphics, sculpture, bookplate, application, poster), samples of self-publishing, thematic library (Ukrainian and foreign editions), manuscripts, unique photographs and documents, personal belongings of the sixties, including those made them in prison. In total, the collection includes up to 30,000 items of museum importance. The museum explores and illuminates the topic of the Ukrainian sixties as a link of the national liberation struggle of Ukraine in the 20th century.

The list of topics presented in the exposition is extremely rich. These are the historical prerequisites, the socio-historical atmosphere in Ukraine. 1950s - beginning 1960s; periodization and differential characteristics of different groups of sixties; literature about the sixties (contemporary in Ukraine and the diaspora); a modern view of the Sixties (documents, articles, publications); activity of creative youth clubs (Kyiv, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Odesa); youth literary and artistic associations; self-published, artistic works, political and journalistic materials, reprints in the West; literary works of the sixties; the meaning of diaspora; persons and organizations that distributed their work; the resistance movement in Ukraine in the 1960s - 1980s; the activities of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group and its defeat, the activities of the Ukrainian Helsinki Union (which later turned into the Ukrainian Republican Party) in the 1980s; materials of court cases of the sixties; imprisonment in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, camps, exile; connection with the all-Union dissident movement, dissidents - Lithuanians, Latvians, Jews, Russians and others (in particular, V. Nekrasov, G. Halych, B. Okudzhava, I. Ratushynska, N. Sadunaite); wives of political prisoners; repression among those who supported and shared the ideas of the sixties; 60-year-old artists, musicians, theater and film actors; the significance of the sixties in the social renewal of the 1980s and 1990s, the struggle against the USSR and the construction of the Ukrainian State.

The museum exposition is based on original documents and photographs of the 1960s, memorial items of heroes, and highly artistic works of artists. It is difficult to imagine how it is possible to raise a generation of patriots of our country without the poems of Vasyl Simonenko, Lina Kostenko, and Vasyl Stus. Alla Horska's powerful graphics, historical-themed artistic ceramics, Galina Sevruk's deeply philosophical graphics and paintings, Opanas Zalivakha's and Veniamin Kushnir's artworks, etc. cannot be compared to anything. The museum constantly organizes thematic photo-documentary and art exhibitions, literary and musical evenings, book presentations (especially by contemporary Ukrainian artists), meetings with living heroes of the 1960s resistance movement. In addition to sightseeing tours, thematic tours (literary, artistic) can be ordered at the museum, which require prior registration. In the period from May to November, the museum conducts a walking tour of the city center "Kyiv of the Ukrainian Sixties".

Martial law

Since May 2022, the museum has been adapted to wartime conditions. The main collections of works of art, valuable objects and documents are now not available for viewing, but the staff will offer you alternative exhibitions that will help you delve into the atmosphere of the Ukrainian 1960s.

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