Sign on the Shield exhibition project
On August 25, at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War the opening of the exhibition "Sign on the Shield" was held. The presentation of the project took place in the exhibition center of the museum, in the new exposition space.
Sign on the shield" is a museum exhibition closely tied to the national-scale project "Trident of the Motherland", which aims to replace the Soviet symbols on the shield of the Motherland monument with the Ukrainian national symbol, the Trident. In a broader context, the exhibition correlates with the overall redefinition of the War Museum and the monument as its dominant feature.
The exhibition features more than 200 authentic artifacts covering more than a thousand years of Ukrainian history. The temporary exhibition reflects the most interesting facts from the history of the Trident, focusing attention on the most important stages of its formation as a state coat of arms. This is a peculiar response to current social issues related to the reproduction of the Trident on the shield, and highlights the connection of this process with the renaming of the Motherland monument and the Museum in general.
Especially for the realization of the project, the Museum has prepared a new exposition space in the Exhibition Center, which consists of three halls. Each of them presents the relevant section of the exhibition.
Section “State Sign” is dedicated to the past of the Trident as a dynasty sign of the Kyiv princes, as well as the establishment of the sign of Prince Volodymyr the Great in the high status of the State Coat of Arms of the Ukrainian People’s Republic. A hereditary link between statehood symbols of the princes’ age and the period of the Ukrainian state building in the early 20th century is emphasized.
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