Treasures of Ukraine A Nation's Cultural History

Andrey Kurkov, Andriy Puchkov, Christian Raffensperger, Diana Klochko, Maksym Yaremenko, Alisa Lozhkina, Myroslava M. Mudrak, Oleksandr Soloviev, Victoria Burlaka


Treasures of Ukraine chronicles the arts and heritage of Ukraine at a time when the country’s people, culture, landmarks, and artworks are facing destruction and devastation. Created in partnership with a group of renowned artists, curators and critics, this record of architectural monuments and artworks reaches from prehistory to the present day. It charts the development of ancient cultures from Trypillia and Scythia to early states such as Kyivan Rus and the Cossack Hetmanate,to the most important contemporary paintings and political art being produced today. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century artistic movements—from the dawn of Modernism to nonconformist art produced under Soviet rule—shine light on key periods of Ukraine’s history.

Organized chronologically across eight chapters, Treasures of Ukraine contains more than 220 color images that showcase everything from Scythian gold, Byzantine icons, and wooden churches to gold domed cathedrals, avant-garde masterpieces, and political art after the Orange Revolution, while accompanying texts reveal the history and significance behind the pieces. Examples of vernacular art, meanwhile, weave Ukraine’s dynamic and inextinguishable folk narrative through the book, providing visual texture as well as a sense of the nation’s living history.


Andrey Kurkov

Foreword By

Andrey Kurkov is Ukraine’s most acclaimed living novelist and public commentator.

Andriy Puchkov

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Andriy Puchkov is a specialist in Ukrainian architecture and author of more than two dozen monographs.

Christian Raffensperger

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Christian Raffensperger is professor of history and department chair at Wittenberg University.

Diana Klochko

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Diana Klochko is a prominent art historian and author of 65 Masterpieces of Ukrainian Art.

Maksym Yaremenko

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Maksym Yaremenko is a Professor at the Department of History at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Alisa Lozhkina

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Alisa Lozhkina is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century art.

Myroslava M. Mudrak

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Myroslava M. Mudrak is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Ohio State University and a member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.

Oleksandr Soloviev

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Oleksandr Soloviev is a leading art critic and an expert in Ukrainian contemporary art.

Victoria Burlaka

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Victoria Burlaka specializes in contemporary art.