Will Ukrainian Culture Survive This War?

Pradeep Aradhya
5 min readAug 15, 2022

What happens to the culture of a people when they are plagued by war? Do the people survive? Does their culture survive? Will Ukraine survive? We cannot do much to stop this war. The news frequently shows us the devastation that Ukraine is experiencing. We do not know for certain that cultural institutions are still standing or that educational opportunities will not be lost to war. We draw your attention to this celebration of Ukrainian culture in the Odesa Fine Arts museum from Ukraine.

Odesa Fine Arts Museum is located in one of the most beautiful buildings of the Odessa city — Naryshkins’ Palace in city centre at Odesa-Ukraine. The palace that now houses the gallery is one of the oldest palaces of Odessa. Odesa Fine Arts Museum collection is considered to be one of the most significant and diverse in Ukraine, paintings by some of the best-known Russian and Ukrainian artists of late 19th and early 20th century. The core of the initial collection was formed by paintings donated to the museum by the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts. In the 1920s, the museum was renamed Peoples Art Museum. After World War II, it was reopened as Odesa Art Gallery. It obtained its present name in 2021.

It is probably impossible to visit this museum in person, but you can still immerse yourself in some of the beautiful paintings through these interactive videos that provide facts about the artwork and artist as well as popular culture and fun associated with each. You can follow video links within the video for each of the above if you like.

After the Rain by Ivan Shishkin at the Odesa Fine Arts Museum

The famous landscape painter with the smallest accuracy conveyed all the details of nature, its nuances and moments.

Beggars by Ilya Repin at the Odesa Fine Arts Museum

Il’ya Repin. 1844–1930. Russian Naturalist painter.

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Pradeep Aradhya

Exploring boundaries on culture, business strategy, and technology. Film maker, Kidlit Author, Technologist, Philanthropist, Investor, CEO