The Taras H. Shevchenko Museum founded by the Association of United
Ukrainian Canadians, for the purpose of popularizing the life and
work of the Bard of Ukraine, and the contribution of Canadians of
Ukrainian descent to the social, economic and political life of
The Museum exhibits are dedicated to the art, life and literary
legacy of the founder of the modern Ukrainian language Taras Shevchenko,
who has twice been celebrated as a cultural leader of world acclaim
About Taras Shevchenko Museum
The Museum located in Toronto is the second such institution operated
by the Foundation. The original Museum, opened to celebrate Canada
Day, 1952, was located in a 16 acre park near Oakville, Ontario.
It complemented a monument to Taras Shevchenko, the first in the
Americas, which was unveiled the previous year, the 60th anniversary
of Ukrainian immigration to this country. The monument and much
of the original collection of exhibits were gifts of the people
of Ukraine to their kinfolk in Canada.
The objective of the Taras H. Shevchenko Museum and Memorial Park
Foundation is the dissemination and popularization of the life and
work of Ukraine's greatest son, serf-born poet, artist, humanist,
twice celebrated a cultural leader of world acclaim by UNESCO, Taras
The Taras H. Shevchenko Museum and Memorial Park Foundation owns
a beautiful 16 acre park near Oakville, Ontario alone the Dundas
Highway near the town of Palermo. In the center of the park the
stately monument of Taras Shevchenko, cast in bronze, with its pedestal
of marble is standing majestically against the blue Canadian sky.
Taras Shevchenko Short Biography
Taras Hryhorovich Shevchenko, the great Ukrainian poet, artist and thinker, was born on March 9, 1814, in the village of Moryntsi in central Ukraine,
then part of the Russian Empire. His parents, H. Shevchenko and K. Shevchenko, were serfs on the land of V. Engelhardt.
Childhood of Taras Shevchenko
The place of his birth was the village of Morintsi, some 200 kilometres to the south of Kiev, an area which in earlier generations had been the
home of the Zaporizhian Cossacks. Amongst the peasantry, burdened by the brutal and unjust system of serfdom, tales of these folk heroes
and their struggles for freedom, were commonplace, a relief from the toils of the day, as well as a hope for a better future. It was in such an environment
that the young Taras and his siblings were raised.
Saint Petersburg Period
Taras Shevchenko arrived in St. Petersburg from Vilnius, along with the rest of the servants of Paul Englehardt, in February of 1831.
He was on the eve of his seventeenth birthday. It was here, in the Tsarist capital and the centre of the cultural life of the Russian Empire, that
Shevchenko was to mature, first as an artist, and as a poet, writer and activist.
Arrest and Exile Period
In 1845 Shevchenko graduated from the Academy of Art and
left for Ukraine. He began to work for the Kiev archeographic
commission and in this capacity visited many towns and villages
of his homeland.
Final Years of Taras Shevchenko ( Freedom on the Chain)
On August 2, 1857, Taras Shevchenko sailed from Novopetrovsk
Fortress on a fishing boat and after three days on the Caspian
Sea arrived at Astrakhan. From there he took a steamboat up
the Volga to Nixhny Novgorod (today the city of Gorky).
Quick Facts on Shevchenko Biography
Destiny - an autobiographical essay by Taras Shevchenko
Special Exhibition "Highlights of Shevchenko's
Twenty-two Ukrainian artists illustrate significant events in Shevchenko's
life and interpret a selection of his poetry with 25 artist's copies
of lithographs and engravings. Also featured id a copy of Shevchenko's
outstanding 1860 lithograph. "Self-Portrait With a Candle".
Included in the exhibition are two table-top board exhibits; "Selected
Poetry by Taras Shevchenko", (12 items), and "In Praise
of Shevchenko", (14 items) - both in English. Also, two albums
of his art are on display and available for visitor's viewing.
Taras Shevchenko's Art
The great poet, ardent patriot, thinker and humanist, Shevchenko,
is at one and the same time an outstanding master of Ukrainian
painting and graphic art, the founder of critical realism
and the folk element in Ukrainian fine arts.
Taras Shevchenko's Poetry
Selected Poetry of Taras Shevchenko
The Taras Shevchenko Museum has a very valuable collection on Taras
Shevchenko, Ukraine's greatest poet, a talented artist, and the
founder of the modern Ukrainian literary language.
The bibliography of over 300 entries includes all of the major books
in English about Shevchenko and his literary and art works. It also
includes entries for scholarly journal and popular magazine articles
as well as analyticals for essays and chapters in books.
Articles and Essays
Article The Bard of the Ukraine By Yevgen Kirilyuk, Correspondent
Member, Academy of Science of the Ukraine.
Article Taras Shevchenko By Ivan Franko, Published in The
Slavonic Review in London, UK in 1924-1925;
The Art Gallery features the works of prominent Ukrainian artists
of the 20th Century, including an interesting collection of oils
and watercolours by Mykola Hlushchenko. While the paintings on display
are periodically changed, their focus in on works by and about Taras
Taras Shevchenko Monuments Around the World
People of all races, nationalities, beliefs and political views
see the erection of monuments to Shevchenko as a demonstration of
deep respect and love to a Ukrainian national genius, and as international
recognition of his contribution to world culture. According to the
former director of the Shevchenko National Museum in Kyiv, Serhiy
Halchenko, there are now over 600 Shevchenko Monuments in the world.
Ukrainian Handicrafts and Folk Art
One room on the main floor of the Museum displays a small
portion of the Museum's extensive collection of Ukrainian
handicrafts and folk art, including many fine examples of
costumes, embroidery, ceramics, wood carving and weaving.
First Ukrainian Immigration to Canada
Over one hundred years ago, on September 7, 1891, Ivan Pylypiw and
Vasyl Eleniak, two 33-year peasants from the village of Nebyliw
in Eastern Galicia, stepped off the steamship Oregon in Montreal.
Their arrival signaled the beginning of three waves of Ukrainian
immigration to Canada and mark the origins in this country of what
has been estimated to be over 1,000,000 Canadians of Ukrainian descent.
Shevchenko in Stamps
One of the most popular topics among Ukraine collectors, if not
the all-time favorite, is Taras Shevchenko. The beloved poet and
artist has been granted many laudatory titles over the years. He
was not a leader or a legislator, but nevertheless led the way in
forging the path to eventual Ukrainian nationhood.
Video tours in the Shevchenko Museum. Available in English and Ukrainian.
Music set on Taras Shevchenko poetry
In this page visitors are able to listen to the songs set on the Taras Shevchenko's poetry.
Become a Volunteer
Ever since its inception in 1952 this unique museum, with its art
gallery and recearch library, have been devoted to popularizing
the Bard of Ukraine, people's poet, artist and humanist, and has
been operated and maintained, in the main, by volunteers.
The Art Gallery is available for rent. Conveniently located on Bloor
near Dundus Street West, it can be an excellent show room for everyone
who is interested in demonstrating his/her art works. It is an ideal
location to create a lasting impression for your exhibition.
Taras H. Shevchenko Museum and Memorial Park Foundation
1614 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1A7, Canada
Become a Donor
Meeting our goal through the maintenance, development and education,
Taras H. Shevchenko Museum and Memorial Park Foundation relies on
public donations to run its projects.
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