On March 14, 2021, the first meeting of participants was within the art project framework “Portrait of the Museum: Lviv Open-Air Museum”. The organizers of the Center for Cultural & Arts Initiatives and the Klymentii Sheptytskyi Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life in Lviv have planned seven such cognitive, creative art events for six months, however, each time with a different theme. The meetings are tentatively called sketches that should reveal the fifty-year multi-vector activity of the Klimenty Sheptytsky Museum of Folk Architecture and Life.
The first sketch is marked by the poetic title “Spring on wings has arrived”. This metaphor points to the animalistic genre in the fine arts. The leading topic at this meeting was the arrival of birds from the vortex, their stay on the Museum’s territory, and the reflection of the bird on household items. To perform a “portrait” work, it was also stipulated that the technique, format, and material were arbitrary. Although the ethnographic zone of Pokuttya and Northern Bukovyna was chosen as the primary cognitive location for the tour, during the three-hour meeting, products from Podillya, Poltava, Slobozhanshchyna, Rivne Polissya, Nadsyannia, Boykivshchyna, Hutsulshchyna were also mentioned.
The meeting was opened by the Center for Cultural & Arts Initiatives artistic director, Andriy Sendetskyy, who outlined the purpose, objectives, and conditions of the art project “Portrait of the Museum: Lviv Open-Air Museum”. He stressed that each participant has a unique pass to the Museum. Participants already involved in the Art Project do not need to register before the next meetings. This pass is valid during all stages of the “Portrait of the Museum, ” including the exhibition’s grand opening. Participants can visit the open-air Museum individually to work on a future art canvas. The best works created during the Project (at least one work from each author) will be presented at an exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Museum. They later will travel to galleries in the country and abroad.
With a presentation on the worldviews of Ukrainians, folk traditions of the spring-ritual cycle of holidays, and a demonstration of household items depicting birds, Acting Director of the Klymentii Sheptytskyi Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life in Lviv, Serhiy Tsypyshev. The speaker spoke mainly about the traditional baking of ritual bread for different ethnic regions of Ukraine, including unique cookies associated with the spring holidays, with exciting names, such as “magpies”, “stork paw”.
A selection of characteristic exhibits was prepared by the heads of the funds headed by Zoryana Tsypysheva, a team member of the Klymentii Sheptytskyi Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life in Lviv.
Participants of the art project “Portrait of the Museum” had the opportunity to see a separate informative presentation, “Pigeon effect. Birds on Concrete”, prepared by Oksana Omelchuk, a researcher at the Klymentii Sheptytskyi Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life in Lviv, Candidate of Biological Sciences.
The final stage of the “Etude of the First” was a walking tour of the Lviv open-air museum with an overview of swans and ducks in the pond, estates of Pokuttya and Bukovyna, a church, which was transported to the Museum from Klokuchka near Chernivtsi.
As part of the practical part of the “Etude of the First”, the art project participants should draw the Lviv Open-Air Museum’s first work after a meeting full of impressions.
We encourage everyone to participate in the art project “Portrait of the Museum: Lviv Open-Air Museum”, the following sketch of which is scheduled for April.
The Project takes place with the slogan “Everyone can draw”!