New Quest Museum in Kyiv
At a new exhibit in Kyiv, visitors can feel like Sherlock Holmes — they can find the most famous fake document in Ukrainian history and spot hidden signatures in the paintings of famous artists
A museum dedicated entirely to quests called ‘The Power of a Signature’ has opened its doors to visitors. In order to complete these quests, participants have to hunt for clues.
The Russian romantic painter, Ivan Aivazovsky hid his signature on the mast of a ship in his famous painting — The Ninth Wave. Salvador Dali famously left small drawings on checks which then weren’t cashed. And there are hundred more such stories. Exhibition organizers spent almost half a year collecting them all.
“Look at the wall dedicated to Chiune Sugihara, who saved six thousand Jews during World War II. To illustrate this fact, we made six thousand holes, and inserted six thousand ribbons into them. They were made specifically for this project,” exhibit co-organizer, Mykhailo Khorenko said.
The museum also pays special attention to the dacha in Belavezhskaya Pushcha, Belarus. In December 1991 the Belovezha Accords were signed there. Depicted here are: Boris Yeltsin, Leonid Kravchuk and Stanislav Shushkevich and the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
The most famous counterfeit in Ukrainian history is called the ‘Zaporozhian Cossacks Writing a Letter to the Sultan’ by Ilya Repin. However there is no proof that this letter really existed. It was a product of Repin’s imagination. Visitors can read the text if they find the hidden button.
This seal of the Central Council of Ukraine is unique. It is being displayed to the public for the first time.
“This is the first Ukrainian state seal after centuries of statelessness. It is a witness to some of the most incredible events in the history of our country. When Ukrainian nationhood was reborn, it was a cause of enormous hope,” project head, Yaroslava Hres said.
There are no less unique exhibits nearby, including the seals of the Hetman Pavlo Skoropadskyi, Symon Petliura and Nestor Makhno — recycled from the cylinder of a Mauser gun.
The museum is also equipped with virtual reality technology. With the help of VR headsets, visitors can virtually sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 1948.