Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Guardians of the Kharkiv Art Museum

Although I'm now home in America, I'm going to keep posting as if we recently had these adventures around Europe. I'll post the dates we actually visited these locations at the start of each posts in an attempt to keep things straight. 

The Guardians of the Kharkiv Art Musuem
Photographed: April 14th, 2013

I've not done any hard research on the matter but if I was to guess I would say that history and art museums in Ukraine must be the number one employer of women aged 40-65 in Ukraine. They are around every turn waiting for you to start talking loudly, share a loud laugh together, maybe grab a painting off the wall and make a break for it.

Inspired by this article from The Guardian about the guardians in museums in Russia I took photos of the guardians who populate the Kharkiv Art Museum.  Some of the guardians took a more active role in "their guarding" and silently follow you around as you examined the works.

Some read books...

Or magazines...

Or maybe looking out the window every once in a while.

Another important part of the guardians jobs is to check our admission tickets three or four times over the course of our visit.  This can be done sometimes two or three feet away from where we purchased the tickets and all within the guardians view.  

Laura was getting the double team treatment in one of the larger rooms.  This was the same room in which someone was tuning a piano that I posted about previously.

This will be Part 1 of my posts about visiting the Kharkiv Art Museum.  Next time I'll show you some of the highlights of the museum's contents.

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