CIS’s first and Europe’s second museum of poster opened in Novi Petrivtsi
National Museum-cum-Preserve "1943 Battle of Kyiv,” in the
presidential village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kyiv, is now hosting a
Museum of the Poster. The first exhibit displays World War II items.
have quite often been, especially during the war, the main instrument
of propaganda. No wonder, therefore, that, extolling their army, artists
tried to discredit the enemy army. The exposition includes posters of
the USSR, the Galicia Division, OUN-UPA, as well as German Reich’s and
Polish agitprop pieces. There is also a separate thematic collection,
"Creators of Soviet Weapons.”
The Museum of the Poster director Viktor TRYHUB told The Day
it was the staff of the journal Muzei Ukrainy, which he edits, that hit
upon the idea of establishing this museum. For the poster is almost
never an object of research – there have been just a few studies in
Moscow, Warsaw, and Essen, Germany. A few more countries have small
collections, and there is Europe’s only official museum in Warsaw.
idea was picked up by well-known collectors, gallery and museum
curators, who suggested that the Museum of the Poster exhibit items
should be taken from their private collections. The museum has already
launched a website and received several invitations to hold exhibits in
Ukraine’s regions and abroad. For example, Lithuania and Poland have
offered to make available posters of the national liberation movement
and the OUN-UPA, respectively.
very first poster to have appeared in Ukraine is part of the collection
of Valerii Viter, a well-known musician and front man of the group
Kobza. The poster, dated 1896, depicts the visit of Nicholas II to
Paris. There are also posters dated 1900, and these rarities cost at
least 1,000 dollars. The museum is unlikely to acquire them in the
nearest future, but private collectors are ready to meet the museum
halfway and exhibit their collections in Novi Petrivtsi.
the greatest value are collections of theme posters,” Tryhub says, "We
are displaying now the theme ‘Creators of Soviet Weapons.’ It is quite a
rare series issued in 1984 about Soviet designers. This collection is
sure to arouse the interest of young people who do not know much about
these people. For the Soviet Army was equipped with the hardware
designed by prominent scientists.”
VIKOVAN, director of the Museum of the 1943 Battle of Kyiv, confessed
that his museum was more interested in war-theme posters. Yet they are
prepared to make available premises for exhibiting all kinds of works.
the Museum of the Poster was being opened, the village head Rodion
Starenky promised to "turn Novi Pterivtsi into a museum village” because
it is the sixth museum in the village. Moreover, Novi Petrivtsi may
soon be awarded the status of a town, for its population has already
exceeded 10,000. Besides, almost all the villagers work at industrial
enterprises, with just a few being employed in agriculture.