The exhibition “Andersen’s Palace of Fairy Tales” opens in the Metropolitan’s House

The exhibition “Andersen’s Palace of Fairy Tales” opens in the Metropolitan’s House

On September 10, 2020 at 17.00 in the exhibition halls of the House of the Metropolitan of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv” the opening of the exhibition “Andersen’s Palace of Fairy Tales”, dedicated to the 215th anniversary of his birth, will take place.

The purpose of the exhibition is to demonstrate the existence of Andersen’s works on Ukrainian soil in various artistic manifestations. The works of the Danish storyteller inspired translators, illustrators, publishers, theater directors and cinematographers, masters of small sculptures.

The history of translation and illustration of Andersen’s works begins in the second half of the 19th century. from the translation by M. Starytsky and the drawings of the famous painter M. Murashko, since then the works of the writer have been translated and illustrated by the best Ukrainian artists. The exhibition will feature original illustrations by G. Narbut, J. Deitz, V. Ulyanova, K. Shtanko, V. Yerko, V. Shtanko, R. Popsky, provided by authors, publishers, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the Museum of the Book and Printing of Ukraine. G. H. Andersen’s books, which have been published for the last twenty years, are published by: “A-BA-BA-GA-LA-MA-GA”, “Vydavnytstvo Staroho Leva”, “Grani-T”.

Among the heroes of Andersen’s fairy tales are real porcelain statuettes – Shepherdess, Chimney Sweep, Old Chinese and others. The characters of Andersen’s fairy tales have always attracted masters of small art. The exhibition will feature works by famous Ukrainian porcelain sculptors V. Shcherbyna, O. Zhnykrup, L. Lozova from the repository of the National Museum of Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art and the private collection of O. Korus, PhD in Art History.

A separate theme of the exhibition are the theatrical plays by H. C. Andersen, because the storyteller himself had a great passion for theater. The exhibition shows theatrical costumes, scenery, dolls; sketches, photographs from performances, posters from academic and municipal theaters, collections of the Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema Arts of Ukraine.

There will also be a screening of two short films – “”The Little Match Girl” (2016) and “Sarah” (2017) by the director of the film “Only a Miracle” O. Karetnyk. These are the first film adaptations of H. C. Andersen’s works in Ukrainian cinema. There will also be a cartoon directed by A. Grachova “The story of a girl who stepped on bread” (Kyivnaukfilm, 1986).

The exhibition will feature drawings and illustrations by students of the Olena Krasylnikova Creativity School”.

And within the framework of the project there are many interesting things: meetings with artists, translators, writers, publishers, directors and actors; excursions, performances, workshops, quests, quizzes and games.

The exhibition will last until October 31, 2020.


Our partners:

The National Art Museum

The National Museum of Ukrainian  Folk Decorative Art

The Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema Arts of Ukraine

The Museum of the Book and Printing of Ukraine

“A-BA-BA-GA-LA-MA-GA” Publishing House

“Vydavnytstvo Staroho Leva” Publishing House

“Grani-T” Publishing House

The National Opera of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko

Kyiv Academic Theater of Young Spectator at Lypky

Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater

Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama

Kyiv Academic Puppet Theater

The Puppet Theater on the Left Bank

The Young Theater

Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre

The Cinema and Television University

DOM Master Klass

Krasylnykova Olena Vasylivna and “Olena Krasylnikova Creativity School” (Gymnasium № 136)

Artist Marina Olkhova


Director Olena Karetnyk


Art critic Olena Korus


Project curators: Myroslava Tarakhan and Larysa Gusak