Liudmyla Kravchenko, Curator and Keeper of European porcelain at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine, will present the fascinating story of this museum, from private collection to public institution. We hope you can join us!


Living Room Lecture: The Collection of European Porcelain in the Khanenko Museum

Time: Sunday, 29 January 2023, 18:00PM London, UK (GMT)


Members will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to join the online lecture. If you want to join, please contact us for more details on FPSenquiries@gmail.com.



The Collection of European Porcelain in the Khanenko Museum

Liudmyla Kravchenko


Bohdan Khanenko, founder of the museum, was a well-known Ukrainian philanthropist and patron of the arts in the early 20th century. In his memoirs about the beginning of the collecting activity he wrote:

«Since taking office as a magistrate, my material resources have increased comparatively, and I got the opportunity to spend something on the purchase of art objects and paintings. Of course, I could only buy what was cheap and therefore the range of my acquisitions was limited. I started by selecting samples of productions and of different porcelain factories, I was carried away mainly by old Saxon porcelain»

In tens of years his collection was known all over the country. And the museum of arts was opened in 1919 in his mansion.

Over the past century the museum’s collection of porcelain has been significantly enriched thanks to historical events, gifts from collectors, and the support of colleagues.

The lecture will discuss how the Khanenko Museum collection of European porcelain was formed, what problems museum researchers from Ukraine face, and how the history of the country influenced this.


Image caption: Khanenko Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine