The sixtieth of the past century have become a true breakthrough for the Ukrainian intelligentsia: temporary weakening of totalitarian system breathed new life into Ukrainian writers, poets, architects, sculptors, composers, translators and musicians. This epoch became a true revival of Ukrainian culture. So, if you are thinking about what to visit in Kyiv, we persistently recommend you to go to the Museum of the Sixtiers.
The Sixtiers were representatives of а new generation of the Soviet Intelligentsia, most of whom were born between 1925 and 1945, and entered the culture and politics of the USSR during the late 1950s and 1960s — after the Khrushchev Thaw.
Many of the Sixtiers were intellectuals of roughly two strains: the “physics” (those involved in the technical sciences) and the “lyrics” (writers, theatre and film professionals, and other liberal arts representatives). Bard (singer-songwriter) culture, poetry, disillusionment in politics, and love for camping trips to the countryside regions of the Soviet Union were some of the common attributes and pastimes of the Sixtiers. They could be compared to the New Left and hippie movements in the West but had more in common with the more intellectual-oriented Beat Generation. Having said that one should keep in mind that the Soviet Sixtiers are also strongly associated with the dissident movement.
The Sixtiers Museum is branch of the Kyiv History Museum and was created at the initiative of the public organization with a similar name. The Museum collection consists mostly of the works of Ukrainian sixtiers-dissidents. The exposition presents art works of talented and original artists (paintings, graphics, sculpture, posters), samizdat, thematic library (Ukrainian and foreign publications), manuscripts, unique photographs and documents, personal belongings of the sixtiers and other items. Together, the collection comprises of 30 thousand items of Museum value.
The list of topics presented at the exposition covers many subjects – from socio-historic atmosphere in the Ukraine at the beginning of the 1960s, resistance movement of 1960s-1980s, the activities of the Ukrainian Helsinki group, materials of court cases on the sixtiers, their sentence to prisons, psychiatric hospitals, exile camps – to art works of such famous Ukrainian sixtiers as Vasyl Symonenko, Lina Kostenko, Vasyl Stus, Alla Horska, Halyna Sevruk, Opanas Zalivaha and others.
Kyiv, 33 A, Olesia Honchara, St.
(metro station “Zoloti Vorota”)
10.00-18.00 (ticket office until 17.30)
Monday – closed
Last day of each month — closed
First Tuesday of each month – free entrance
Tel: +380 (44) 234-12-04