Since the full-scale invasion in 2022, russian occupiers have taken away exhibits from 40 Ukrainian museums. However, russians have been carrying out this shameful practice for hundreds of years. This project tells the story of three works, from different historical periods, that share a common fate.
Stolen Art is a charitable collection of silk shawls by OLIZ and UNITED24
11.10.2023 · Partnering
These artworks, parts of the outstanding heritage of Ukrainian culture, were appropriated or destroyed by russia. Each shawl is an assistant in cultural diplomacy; an opportunity to tell the world about lost Ukrainian Treasures.
"When we launched the OLIZ brand five years ago, we wanted to promote Ukrainian art through fashion. In addition to creating art collections, we have been constantly cooperating with museums and helping them. But during the full-scale invasion, Ukraine is experiencing an unprecedented loss of artistic heritage, as all museums in the occupied territories have lost their collections. And even after the de-occupation, it is very difficult for museums to survive. For example, Kherson is under fire every day. That is why we partnered with the UNITED24 fundraising platform to create a collection that will remind the world how deep the problem of russian appropriation of our cultural heritage is. We believe that not only will Ukraine's territories return, but also the stolen artworks,"Khrystyna Oliyarnyk, Founder of OLIZ.
The proceeds from these shawls will be directed to rebuilding the apartment buildings in Kyiv Oblast, which are under the care of the UNITED24 platform.
"Artworks from the OLIZ and UNITED24 collection were appropriated or destroyed by russia. Like many others, the exact number of which is impossible to imagine, they were blown up, cut, burned, or trampled into the ground. Most, however, were stolen, to be exhibited in their museums and galleries and called ‘russian art.’ Each shawl tells the story of a stolen or destroyed piece of art by Ukrainian artists. Each shawl is your assistant in cultural diplomacy, an opportunity to tell the truth to the world. And we hope that UNITED24 donors from 110 countries will help us share these stories. At the same time, each shawl is a symbol of our belief that one day justice will prevail. Everything stolen will return home. Everything destroyed will be restored. That's why the proceeds from the sale of the collection will be directed to Rebuild Ukraine,"Yaroslava Gres, Coordinator of the UNITED24 platform.
The Red Sunset by Arkhyp Kuindzhi, the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica mosaic, which decorated St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, and the painting of the house of Ukrainian artist Polina Rayko. Each shawl is your assistant in cultural diplomacy, as well as an opportunity to tell the truth about the stolen Ukrainian treasures to the world.
It is also a symbol of our belief that one day justice will prevail. Everything stolen will return home. Everything destroyed will be restored. That’s why the proceeds from the sale of the collection will be directed towards restoring residential buildings in Kyiv Oblast under UNITED24 rebuild program.
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