Maria Prymachenko’s paintings were “revived” in a Kyiv museum to the music of the DakhaBrakha band

The first multimedia show “Prymachenko. The Year of the Dragon” was presented on the occasion of the 115th anniversary of the birth of People’s Artist of Ukraine Mariia Prymachenko. The details were announced on the Facebook page of the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Ukraine.

Liudmyla Strokova, Director General of the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Ukraine, noted that the institution has the largest collection of works by Mariia Prymachenko. It includes 650 works.

Experts have always tried to find a way to allow more Ukrainians and foreign fans to learn more about her work. Thanks to digital technologies, they managed to implement a multimedia project that will help to achieve this goal.

The event was attended by a large number of participants. The museum guests watched the animation exhibition. They expressed their admiration for the organisers and noted the organic combination of Maria Prymachenko’s works and the music of the DakhaBrakha band.

The project was created by the team of Dmytro Matiash, the founder of the NGO YEMUZEY. His creative idea was inspired by the works of Maria Prymachenko. The work lasted two months.

Matiash emphasised that he decided to digitise museum collections during the war. This is the first experimental animation project. We had an idea to create new content that would be even more interesting and modern.

The Prymachenko Family Foundation was involved in the implementation of this innovative project. The animation exhibition, which will be interesting for both children and adults, will be open at the museum until 11 February. The ticket price is UAH 100, for children – UAH 50.

Who is Maria Prymachenko?

Maria Prymachenko is a Ukrainian folk artist in the genre of “naive art”. She is the author of more than 800 paintings. She is a laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine. Honoured Artist of the Ukrainian SSR, People’s Artist of Ukraine.

Prymachenko’s work has absorbed a diverse school of folk art. In her works, one can trace the centuries-old culture of the Ukrainian people: from honey cakes in the form of fantastic animals, wedding dough products, which she was famous for in her village, and ancient fabrics, embroideries, carpets, and carvings. The artist actually synthesised the experience of generations.

As a reminder, the New Art Gallery opposite Mariinsky Park hosted an exhibition of contemporary and classical paintings, which is free to visit.