Cognitive and interesting the third week

The Third Week
This is the third week that my team and me carried out our exploration in Kiev. The temperature remains roughly the same in comparison to the previous two weeks. The sun still hasn't given up grilling every single corner of this city and rains and storms seems reluctant to visit.
Luckily, we spent a huge amount of time in door that I would summarize this week as exploring Kiev through museums and lectures, where everyone recovered slightly from their newly tanned skin.

Taras Scjevcheko National Museum

To begin with, and please excuse my citation from the internet, that Taras Shevcheko was Ukrianian national poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folkist and ethnographer. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Shevcheko is also known for many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator.
It is clear to me that Scjevcheko’s fame is not something that fades in a short period of time, as since I came to Kiev I have seen Shevcheko’s face in a number of places, for instance on the fridge of my host family and the hundred note of Hrivnas. This really shows that the impact of Scjevcheko’s heritage are long-term and his figure are deeply entrenched within Ukrainian people’s life.

One of the best thing for me personally when visiting museums during our journey is there are always art and paintings. As I said in the second week that my visit to the Bohdan and Varvara Museum of Arts was a divine treat, or to any arts lovers like me. The Taras Scjevcheko National Museum has a major collection of the Ukrainian artistic hero Shevcheko’s master pieces, each of them shows the mental state of the artists and their masterful technique in portraying the beautiful landscape through their own eyes. Here I would like to deliver my special thanks to the excursion lady who had told us fascinating and insightful stories of Shevcheko’s life in relations to his artistic production.

  • Two of my favorite paintings in the museum:
    1. The Neva River before the Sunset by Anonymous Artist
    2. A Pantry in Potoky by Taras Shevchenko

This weeks we had a wonderful lecture with Sergiy Tumasov who is truly a well-established Ukrainian photographer. Tumasov has an experience of 40 years in professional photography shooting, the experience he shared with us regarding his production of photography was truly enlightening and inspiring. As an artist myself I whole heartedly revere his passion in art and the amount of effort and time that he invested in his artistic hobby.
Tumasov also kindly shared with us some of basic skills for taking photo with a touch of professionalism, for instance he showed how to distribute objects within a photo that gives the photo depth and dimensions, how to observe the light and shadow of the object etc. The knowledge that I have obtained from the lecture was truly useful that can be easily implemented in my future photography shooting.

The Kiev History Museum
One of the most important things for me when I travel to a foreign country is to visit its history museum, which enables me to envision the city through the eye of history and its glorious past. It always gave me a remote feeling of being part of the place where great wars and historical events happened, that shaped the contemporary Kiev.

And a fun fact: The Kyiv History Museum was originally created by order of the Council of Ministers of the USSR of 14 November 1978, which is the date of my birthday!
Today the museum collection consists of 250,000 exhibits, including archaeological materials found in the city, ethnographic and numismatic collections, a collection of icons, old postcards, household items of Kyiv residents of different times, as well as thematic complexes of the XXth сentury.

Peyzazhna Alley

Before my visit to the Valley, I did some background research on Internet that Gallery of Sculptures at Peyzazhna alley is one of the touristic visiting cards of Kyiv in recent years. It’s one of the favorite places to rest for inhabitants and guests of the capital. It appeared as a result of long struggle citizens of Kyiv against its constructors, when activists had to stop bulldozers with their chest and bare hands and even dig in trenches for construction. Alley is the personification of victory of Good over Evil, the victory of simple Kyiv citizens over despotism of oligarchs and government.

The fact is that I was not disappointed at all after my visit, and I strongly recommend everyone who has a little kids residing in their heart to come to this colorful alley, as it really makes your favorite storybooks come true. The Alley showed me the humorous, vibrant and childlike-innocent side of Kiev, where I felt like a young kid again when exploring those colorful surroundings.