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Chicago Supports Ukraine with the "Immersive Shevchenko Soul of Ukraine" Exhibit in April

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Like other similar experiences, this Chicago exhibit lets you fully immerse youself in the work of Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian literary icon, artist, patriot and tickets include the Immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit.
Katerina, ilustración para el poema homónimo (1838, Public Domain)Tarás Shevchenko /Wikipedia

Taras Hryhorovich Shevchenko is considered to be the foremost Ukrainian poet, prose writer, painter and playwright of the 1800's. He was a major inspiration for the Ukrainian national revival. He is particularly revered in Ukraine. In his art and his writing, Shevchenko worked to create and celebrate a Ukrainian national identity.

In 1847 the artist was arrested and charged with promoting the independence of Ukraine, writing in the Ukrainian language and disparaging the Russian tsardom. He was convicted and exiled, yet throughout his exile he never stopped writing and painting despite Tsar Nicholas I forbidding him from doing so. After his exile ended, he attempted to return to Ukraine but wasn't allowed to do so. Shevchenko spent the remainder of his life in St. Petersberg where he was initially buried before his body was moved to a plot a hill on the bank of the Dnieper river near Kaniv in Ukraine.

The scanned images of Shevchenko's original paintings that are the basis of this Chicago immersive experience were provided by the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv. On February 26th 2022, the Russian Armed forces fighting close to the museum, triggered a massive effort to get all of Shevchenkos original artworks to safety. They were quickly packed up and evacuated from the area in wooden crates built in 1941 to remove the same art from Kyiv prior to the Nazi occupation.

During his lifetime, Shevchenko created more than 1000 paintings of which 278 are believed to be lost forever.

There are three times available on April 8, 2022 in Chicago for the exhibit which are 6:00 - 7:00pm, 7:00 - 8:00pm, and 8:00 - 9:00pm. Prices range from $30.00 - $90.00. It will be held at Lighthouse ArtSpace, 108 W Germain Pl. All of the money from ticket purchases for this event is being donated to the Red Cross Emergency Relief Fund for Ukraine and the National Bank of Ukraine Fund.

Tickets for the Immersive Shevchenko exhibit include free admission to the Immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit.

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