Kharkiv Art Museum, one of the oldest and valuable museums in Ukraine, is the city’s must-see place for art admirers. The museum collection comprises 25,000 works, among which are Ukrainian and Western European paintings, sculptures, graphics, decorative and applied arts.
The history of the museum dates back to 1805 when Vasylii Karazin bought 2,477 graphic works by Albrecht Durer and Francois Boucher.
The works of Ukrainian and Russian art of pre-revolutionary and Soviet periods, as well as arts and crafts of the 16th–17th centuries, are exhibited in 25 museum’s rooms. There are works of outstanding artists, such as Ivan Aivazovsky, Ivan Shishkin, Volodymyr Borovykovsky, Henryk Siemiradzki, Taras Shevchenko and others. Kharkiv museum has the largest in Ukraine collection of paintings by Ilya Repin. Here you can find his famous masterpiece “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks.”
Another collection that might get your attention is dedicated to decorative and applied arts. It includes works by Vadym Meller, Oleksander Khvostenko-Khvostov and other famous artists. You can also look at works by famous Italian and Dutch artists in the section of the Western European art of the 14th–19th centuries.
The museum workers suggest admiring a vast porcelain collection. More than 500 sculptures and decorative items created at the porcelain factories in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, England, Denmark and the Russian Empire in the 18th and the beginning of the 20th century are stored in the department.
Besides permanent exhibitions, the museum hosts special tours, organizes activities for children and gives lectures.
Kharkiv Art Museum is located at 11 Zhon Myronosyts St., nearby Arhitektora Beketova metro station. The museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5:40 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
Text: Iryna Klymenko
Photos: Kharkiv Art Museum