Photo exhibition to the Day of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred

    On February 19, 2020, a presentation of a traveling themed exhibition “Revolution of Dignity. The Chronicles of the Events” dedicated to the anniversary of the tragic events in Maidan in February 2014 took place in O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum.
    This unique photo chronicle was presented for the first time on February 20, 2015 – on the day when the Day of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred was marked for the first time. It was established following the Decree of the President of Ukraine from February 11, 2015, No.69/2015 “On honoring the heroic act of the participants of the Revolution of Dignity and perpetuating the memory of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred”: “to support initiatives of the community and to commemorate great human civic and national courage and devotion, spiritual strength and resilience of citizens, who changed the course of the history of our state, worthy of commemorating the heroism of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred who gave their lives during the Revolution of Dignity (November 2013 - February 2014), defending the ideals of democracy, standing for human rights and freedoms, the European future of Ukraine”.
    The exposition of the exhibition consists of thirty color photographs taken by famous photographers in our town – members of the National Union of Journalists and Photo Artists of Ukraine Oleksandr Kolominov, Ihor Demchuk, Oleksandr Shuleshko, Oleh Shramko, Yurii Lebediev who witnessed the events. With their cameras they captured nearly everything that was happening at that breaking point for our country – the tragedy of November 30, 2013 in Kyiv in Maidan and the chronicles of the events in then Kirovohrad, currently Kropyvnytskyi: public rallies on December 2 and 8, 2013, January 22, 24, and 26, 2014 at Kirov Square, which was retitled into Heroi Maidanu Square in front of the building of Kirovohrad Regional State Administration, which windows were blocked with the sacks, movement of the patriotic youth on January 22, dedicated to the memory of Serhii Nihoian, who was killed in Kyiv during the conflict at Hrushevskoho Street, funeral of the Hero of the Heavenly Hundred Viktor Chmilenko on February 22, wrecking of the monuments to the representatives of the Soviet regime Lenin and Kirov on February 22 and 23, and what their monuments looked after that, tumultuous events in the City Council on February 24, anti-Russian demonstration on March 2 and a memorable sign at the main square of our town with the photo portraits of the killed and flowers at the steps of the memorial on April 18, 2014.
    The first visitors of the exhibition were not only the museum staff but also the pupils with their parents and Nataliia Dubina, a teacher in Music School No.1 named after Heinrich Neuhaus. The young musicians, who are only 7 years old and were born at the same year the events took place, looked through the album “For Ukraine, for its freedom, for the people! Heroes never die!” published by the City Council of Kropyvnytskyi in 2016. The album starts with the words: “The town won’t forget anyone who gave his/her life for peace and freedom of the native land”.

Leading researcher of the museum Andrii Nadezhdin
while presenting the photo exhibition

Pupils with their parents and Nataliia Dubina, a teacher in Musical School No.1
named after Heinrich Neuhaus while exploring the exposition of the photo exhibition