The mythological figure of Cossack Mamai has a very special place in the pantheon of Ukrainian folkloric and mythological images. Sacred warrior, warrior ancestor, hero warrior, warrior-musician, warrior-philosopher - all these images have become somewhat of a calling card for Ukrainian folk art. Deeply rooted in the prehistoric traditions and mythology, today Ukrainian folk artists view this character as a reflection of the most typical trait and mentality of the Ukrainian Cossack. Orest Skop dedications his collection of Cossack Manai paintings to those who were exterminated in 1934 on an order by Joseph Stalin. Shown in the exhibition are 23 of Skop's paintings.
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