Due to the initiative of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, a Ukrainian-language audio guide was launched in one of the largest museums in Austria - the world-famous Albertina Art Gallery in Vienna.
Ukrainian tourists and Ukrainians living in Austria will be able to hear in their native language the history of creation and interesting details about the masterpieces of world classical modernism from the museum exhibitions "From Monet to Picasso", which include works by Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Signac, Matisse , Munch, Picasso, Modigliani, Chagall, Malevich, Kokoschka and others.
You can also listen in Ukrainian to a tour of the ceremonial halls of the palace built in the style of classicism, which reproduces the culture of the Habsburg era.
The audio guide translated specially for Ukrainians will be available for the exhibition of works from the Hahnloser Collection, one of the most important private collections of French modernist art, scheduled for the end of August, which will present works by Van Gogh, Cezanne and Hodler.
According to the wife of the President of Ukraine, the main idea of the project on the creation of Ukrainian-language audio guides in world museums is to spread the Ukrainian language in different countries so that Ukrainians can be proud that the most famous monuments "speak" their native language.
“This project is not just about convenience and accessibility. Its goal is to promote Ukraine and the Ukrainian language in the world. I want people from all over the world to see Ukrainian among the options when choosing the audio guide selection menu,” Olena Zelenska stressed.
At the start of the project, the First Lady together with the Embassies of Ukraine addressed the world's most popular museums and architectural monuments. Albertina was one of the first to respond. The translation and sound recording for the Viennese gallery lasted four months.
"I want to emphasize that cooperation with Ukraine is extremely important for us. Albertina is visited by many Ukrainians, and, of course, they want to better understand and learn more about the works of art presented in our museum. And we are very happy that we managed to add an audio guide in Ukrainian to our system,” Prof. Dr. Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Director General of the Albertina Museum noted.
This is the first audio guide created on the initiative and with the support of Olena Zelenska. The work continues: the sound recording of the tour in Ukrainian for the Latvian National Museum of Art is coming to an end, several more translations are being prepared and negotiations with museums are underway in parallel.