Ivan Honchar Museum (National Centre of Folk Culture) is a museum in
Kiev, Ukraine showcasing the culture of Ukraine and preserving
Ukrainian folk art.
The museum was founded on a private collection of Ivan Makarovych
Honchar shortly after his death in 1993. During the Soviet period,
Ivan was accused of nationalism. Each individual showing an interest
in his private collection was registered with the KGB.
The collection consists of over 30,000 items from the 16th to the
early 20th centuries. A good example is a painting of the Ukrainian
folklore hero Cossack Mamay. Other items include over 800 icons from
the 16th century, more than 100 paintings by famous Ukrainian
artists, an impressive collection of nearly 4000 items of textiles
from the 18th and 19th centuries, pottery, toys, Easter eggs, wood
carvings and Ukrainian folk music instruments. Another part of the
museum consists of Honchar's private library with books containing
material that had the possessor sent to prison during Soviet times.
The Museum is a living institution, not only a collection of
exhibits. There are folk art studios, shops, a theatre of folk songs
and folklore, Ukrainian cuisine hands-on classes and other courses.