The Holodomor Museum congratulated the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora on its 25th anniversary

31 May 2024

On May 29, 2024, Andrii Ivanets, a leading researcher of the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide, participated in a solemn gathering at the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora, timed to the 25th anniversary of its opening to visitors. Andrii Ivanets conveyed congratulations from the museum staff, and he reminded those present of the great contribution of the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora to returning to Ukraine the heritage of the glorious family of Ukrainian artists Krychevskys, in particular, the organisation of several exhibitions of paintings by the artist and patron of the arts Kateryna Krychevska-Rosandich (1926–2021).

“We wish you to continue to successfully tell about important pages of history, impress with your research and strengthen as a centre of cultural life. Thank you for your dedication to our common cause!” – it says in the congratulatory address on the 25th anniversary of the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora.

Andrii Ivanets said that when the Holodomor Museum was thinking about a thematic gift for colleagues, it turned out that the head of the Holodomor Museum, Lesia Hasydzhak, had the honour of being included in the publication of the memoirs of Kateryna Krychevska-Rosandich in the publishing house “Rodovid” in 2006, and at the same time began correspondence with the artist. In Lesia Hasydzhak’s personal archive, a letter from the artist was found with a mention of the exhibition at the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora in 2006 in honour of the 80th birthday of Kateryna Krychevska-Rosandich, as well as several other interesting artefacts. There is a photo card with carolers – the “Madryhal” choir – in the Krychevsky-Rosandich residence with the artist’s autograph, an interesting letter from the artist with reviews about the Crimea and mentions of counterfeiting of the Krychevsky paintings in Ukraine and Europe in general. These artefacts, as well as a photo of Vasyl Krychevsky and his daughter on the beach at Partenit in Crimea in 1938 and her autograph, were donated on behalf of the Holodomor Museum to the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Oksana Pidsukha, director of the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora, warmly thanked for the gifts. It is interesting to note that immediately after the representative of the Holodomor Museum, the jubilee group was greeted by the director of the Central State Archive of Public Organizations and Ucrainica (Ukrainian Studies), Olha Bazhan, who presented facsimile copies of documents from the fund of personal origin of Kateryna Krychevska-Rosandich.

For the 25th anniversary of its founding, the Museum of the Ukrainian Diaspora opened the exhibition “I will return to my Motherland…”, which in eight halls tells about the life, activities and creativity of prominent diasporans of several generations and their leading organisations, introduces notable works of art. Representatives of the museum community, deputy head of the KMDA Hanna Starostenko, director of the World Congress of Ukrainians in Ukraine Serhii Kasianchuk, vice president of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, film director Oles Sanin and other friends of the museum gathered to congratulate the museum staff on the holiday.