Kosiv Ceramics: Sculpting a Cultural Identity
September 9, 2023 to January 6, 2024

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28, 7 PM – Everyone welcome!

The tradition of Kosiv painted ceramics, originating with the Hutsul people of the Carpathians, arose in the 18th century, reaching its pinnacle in the mid-19th century. Both functional and artistic, these distinctive green and yellow painted ceramics express the history, life, folklore, beliefs, and customs of the Hutsuls, along with surrounding flora and fauna. In 2019, Kosiv ceramics were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

A collaboration between the Ukrainian Museum of Canada and Saskatoon’s Musée Ukraina, Kosiv Ceramics: Sculpting a Cultural Identity draws from the permanent collections of both institutions. Both traditional Kosiv ceramics and factory-made versions of the traditional vessels dating from the Soviet era are on display. A highlight of the exhibition are four vessels made by reknown Kosiv ceramist Pavlina Tsvilyk (1891- 1964).

The Museum’s partner in this exhibition, Musée Ukraina, is hosting its own exhibition of ceramics simultaneously with Kosiv Ceramics. We encourage all local visitors to explore Musée Ukraina’s exhibition, at 222 Avenue M South, Saskatoon. Please visit their website for more details: www.mumsaskatoon.com