all pictures courtesy of Oleksiy Kachmar
This art environment has been created in and around the house of Vitaliy Trybushnyy, a psychiatrist who lives in the city of Kherson in Ukraine.
Life and works
In the 1970s Trybushnyy was not a middle of the road personality. He had long hair and wore jeans and he told the police who wanted to correct his appearance, that the Constitution of the USSR did not forbid jeans and his kind of hair.
The April 9, 1989 tragedy (when Soviet troops dispersed an anti-soviet demonstration in Tbilisi, Georgia) stimulated Trybushnyy to start collecting all kinds of material relating to the authoritarian aspects of the Soviet-Russian regime: books, pamphlets, paintings, busts, objets trouvés, and so on.
The next twenty years he enlarged his collection, arranging the items in an exposition in and around his place of living, which he named the Museum of Totalitarianism.
This art environment/museum in Kherson doesn't get much official attention, neither from politicians, historians or art critics. It is not mentioned in a list of museums in Ukraine.
Re-opened in a new setting in spring 2015
For over some twenty years the museum has been located in rooms in Trybushnyy's private house. In the spring of 2015 the museum got it's own housing in Trybushnyy's garden. It was re-opened in April 2015.
*Polish art-magazine Kultura Enter in April 2009 published an article by Julia Kysla on this art environment (in Polish). OEE-texts has a translation into English of this article.
* Article with illustrations, May 2015, on Ukrainian website постфактум (post factum)
* Video by regional TV reporting the re-opening of the museum in April 2015 (2'36", YouTube, May 4, 2015)
first published August 2009, last revised May 2015
Museum of Totalitarianismvul. Engelsa 59
Kherson, Kherson region, Ukraine
guided tours, no entrance fee