thismade it difficult and in many cases dangerous to experience the country’s rich cultural offerings. Museums, historical buildings, monuments, religious sites and libraries were destroyed or damaged.
This is what makes a comprehensive new online exhibition of Ukrainian art, culture and heritage all the more important. At a time when tourism is almost out of the question, Google Arts & Culture’s Ukraine Is Here initiative allows anyone, everywhere, to discover the country’s rich culture.
The collection brings Ukraine’s art, architecture, music, theatre, historical landmarks and national parks to life in one place through video, virtual galleries, immersive 360-degree augmented reality tours, 3D models and previously collected Street View footage. war.
For example, you can go to Kiev for a tour of the House with Chimeras, a unique Art Nouveau mansion that hosts official presidential and diplomatic ceremonies. Visit Unesco World Heritage sites such as the Hagia Sophia Cathedral, an 11th-century monument of Byzantine and Ukrainian Baroque architecture, as well as paintings and mosaics. (Fortunately, no Unesco World Heritage site appears to have been damaged in the war yet, according to the United Nations organization.)
Outside the capital, you can get a wide bird’s eye view of the ancient and primeval beech forests of the Eastern Carpathians, which are also home to Ukraine’s largest and oldest oak trees. Or climb to the top of one of the highest peaks around Yaremche to take in the picturesque mountain views.
Featuring traditional and avant-garde art, virtual exhibits let you navigate through highly detailed, high-resolution images of paintings such as David Burliuk’s richly allegorical early 20th-century creation The Time, where a passenger on a derailed train personifies a country. in chaos. It is in the Dnipropetrovsk Art Museum in the Oblast.
You can also learn all about Ukrainian folk costumes and jewelry and listen to soul-moving Ukrainian folk music sung by a band of babushka. Given the turmoil and displacement that has gripped the Eastern European country since Russia’s invasion in February, there is an added poignancy to their jagged harmonies.
Partners in Ukraine Is Here include the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema of Ukraine. First Lady Olena Zelenska also supported.
The President’s wife said in a statement, “Our culture is not just ours. It is the legacy of the entire civilized world.” “When a country loses its cultural values, the whole world loses. So let’s preserve, reproduce, watch, admire Ukrainian culture, and thus enrich the world.”
Google Arts & Culture expands the reach of international culture by digitizing works of art, artifacts and cultural heritage sites around the world.. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available on the web, iOS, and Android.
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