Treasures of Ukraine

A Nation’s Cultural Heritage


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2022.

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A celebration of Ukraine’s rich cultural heritage, drawing on over 100 of the country’s most important works of art and architectural monuments from prehistory to the present.

Treasures of Ukraine chronicles the arts and heritage of Ukraine at a time when the country’s people, culture, landmarks and artworks are facing destruction and devastation. Created in partnership with a group of renowned artists, curators and critics, this record of architectural monuments and artworks reaches from pre-history to the present day. It charts the development of ancient cultures from Trypillia and Scythia to early states such as Kyivan Rus and the Cossack Hetmanate,to the most important contemporary paintings and political art being produced today. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century artistic movements – from the dawn of Modernism to non-conformist art produced under Soviet rule – shine light on key periods of Ukraine’s history.

Organized chronologically across eight chapters, Treasures of Ukraine contains more than 220 colour images that showcase everything from Scythian gold, Byzantine icons and wooden churches to gold-domed cathedrals, avant-garde masterpieces and political art after the Orange Revolution, while accompanying texts reveal the history and significance behind the pieces. Examples of vernacular art, meanwhile, weave Ukraine’s dynamic and inextinguishable folk narrative through the book, providing visual texture as well as a sense of the nation’s living history.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17.2 x 21.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 13 October 2022
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Andrey Kurkov, Contributions by Andriy Puchkov, Christian Raffensperger, Diana Klochko, Maksym Yaremenko, Alisa Lozhkina, Myroslava M. Mudrak, Oleksandr Soloviev, and Victoria Burlaka
Dimensions 17.2 x 21.6 cm
Weight 300 g


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Andrey Kurkov is Ukraine's most acclaimed living novelist and public commentator. Andriy Puchkov is a specialist in Ukrainian architecture and author of more than two dozen monographs. Christian Raffensperger is professor of history and department chair at Wittenberg University. Diana Klochko is a prominent art historian and author of 65 Masterpieces of Ukrainian Art. Maksym Yaremenko is Professor at the Department of History at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy. Alisa Lozhkina is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century art. Myroslava M. Mudrak is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Ohio State University and a member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. Oleksandr Soloviev is a leading art critic and a local expert in contemporary art; Victoria Burlaka also specializes in contemporary art.