Immersive Ukrainian art exhibit gives people a taste of culture

CLEVELAND – This weekend at Immersive Van Gogh there is an exhibition that offers a Ukrainian experience called Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine and all ticket sales go to Ukrainian charities.

Across the water where the devastation is taking place, Valeriey Kostyuk worries about his family.

“I wish I could say everyone is fine, but everyone is fine depending on the time, date and place,” Kostyuk said.

At the same time, he shares the soul of Ukraine with those here in Cleveland.

“Tonight and tomorrow night we have your first show Shevchenko was an amazing artist from Ukraine.

The show was inspired by the Immersive Van Gogh exhibition. So inside the immersive experience you will see 200 original pieces by Shevchenko. You will also hear the music Shevchenko was listening to when he created it.

“Currently the only exhibition where these works are presented is our exhibition because all the originals are currently stored in Kyiv,” Kostyuk said.

The Experience was produced by Valeriy Kostyuk in 2020. His goal with the exhibition is to teach people about modern Ukrainian culture and its relevance today.

“I have noticed that many Ukrainian artists devalue their purpose and their influence on culture. Simply because they are not Western,” Kostyuk said.

For Kostyuk, he says he wants it to be more than just an art exhibit.

“The point of this exhibition is to allow you to connect, to be able to feel it emotionally,” Kostyuk said.

Hoping everyone leaves with new ideas and a bit of Ukrainian pride.

“I want people to leave with a sense of hope and understanding of what the Ukrainian soul is, what Ukrainian culture is, how rich it is,” Kostyuk said.

All ticket sales from the show will go to Ukrainian charities, it will run on Friday and Saturday. Attendees will also see the Van Gogh show. For more information, click here.

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