Culture and arts Ukraine

Culture and arts Ukraine

Art Galleries in Kiev

Many galleries in Kiev, one of the most amazing being the Pinchuk Art Center. Funded by Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk, opened in 2006, it is the first contemporary art center in Ukraine. Designed by the French architect Philippe Chiambaretta in a futuristic high-tech style, it covers 2 m² on two levels of the Arena building (which also houses the Bentley garage in Kiev), opposite the Bessarabskaya market. Leading Ukrainian artists exhibit there: Oleg Kulik or Boris Mikhailov.

On the top floor of the Pinchuk Art Center, under the eaves, the Sky Art Cafe is the "canteen" of the center. Stripped decoration, white walls and sofas, bay windows with a 180-degree view of the square and its surroundings. Superb meeting place for a drink among the trendy youth of Kiev.


Rare are Ukrainian works translated into French, even since the independence of Ukraine.

In the past, French-speaking readers have been able to discover major writers like Isaac babel (Ukrainian Jew), author of “Stories of Odessa”. Vassili grossman author of Life and Destiny, is considered one of the giants of Russian literature, but he is originally from Ukraine (born in Berditchev in 1905). do not forget Nicolas gogol born near Poltava, Vladimir Jabotinsky, born in Odessa, whose works are available in French.

Since Ukrainian independence, the most promising author is called Yuri Androukhovich (born in 1960 in Ivano-Frankisvsk). Essayist, novelist, he represents the new literature of Ukraine well. In 1985 he founded the Bu-Ba-Bu group (Burlesk-Balagan-Bufonada) that is to say: Burlesque-Attraction-Bouffonnerie. He wrote four novels, only one of which was translated into French by the Noir sur Blanc editions in 2007. Its title: Moscoviada (Metaphysics of Carnival).


Some of the great Ukrainian composers include Mykhaïlo Verbytsky (1815-1870), author of the Ukrainian national anthem.

In France, the Prikosnovénié record company, based in Clisson (Loire-Atlantique) has set up a label intended to promote young music and contemporary groups like the group Flower in which the charming Olga and Lena sing. Let us also point out in the register of beautiful female voices: Ruslana Lyzhychko, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004.

It is also impossible to forget the musical creativity that appeared with the Orange Revolution (November-December 2004). Songs were written during this period of popular enthusiasm. Let us quote for example Razom ni Bahato.

There is also the very good rock band: Okean Elzy.

Opera and ballets

Since the XNUMXth century, the opera has been very popular with Ukrainians. The program is varied, and spreads throughout the year. Like Russians, Ukrainians love opera and ballets.

Information from theUkrainian National Opera Taras Shevchenko in Kiev.

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