MIP: Exhibition "Wonderful Crimean Stories" Opening on Occasion of Day of Crimea's Resistance to Occupation
On 25 February 2019, a press conference took place at Mystetskyi Arsenal on the opening of the exhibition “Wonderful Crimean Stories,” organised on the occasion of the Day of Crimea’s Resistance to Russian Occupation and supported by the Ministry of Information Policy and the Ministry of Culture.
“February 26th is the symbolic date for many of those who were or are living in Crimea. On that day, the occupant realised that it would be impossible to contrive the myth of ‘all-out love of Russia.’ Hence the exhibition “Wonderful Crimean Stories” is the personal story of people relative to the occupied peninsula. [It is] an exhibition about what Crimea is for us,” the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, was quoted as saying.
Svitlana Fomenko, the First Deputy Minister of Culture, stressed that the exhibition, apart from its artistic appeal, sought to draw the attention of Ukrainian society and the international community to what is now happening in annexed Crimea.
The exhibition includes items from 15 Ukrainian museums and private collections, which present Crimea as a unique multicultural space and part of Ukraine’s invaluable cultural legacy.
“It is very important to us that this exhibition appeal to different people, including children. Therefore, there are some interactive areas, where they can play, take photos, and discover something new. We tried to make this exhibition interesting and understandable even for the youngest attendees. And that is why we prepared a big educational programme for it,” said Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta, director general of Mystetskyi Arsenal.
The artist Mariia Kulykivska created a performative sculpture titled “Stardust,” dedicated to the exhibition. Made of metal, wood, various soils, minerals, cements, stone dust, sand, sea salt, and some other stuff, it presents her original interpretation of the map of the Kerch Peninsula.
The exhibition “Wonderful Crimean Stories” is held at Mystetskyi Arsenal from February 26th to May 5th. On February 26-27th, entrance is free.
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