Photo Johanna Fries Markiewicz

Crossroads - major exhibition on Sweden-Ukraine ties from Viking times to today / Crossroads: Sweden - Ukraine through a 1000 years

The exhibition Crossroads will highlight the 1000-year relationship between Ukraine and Sweden through unique objects and documents from both Swedish and Ukrainian museums and institutions. Fabian Arnheim, director of the Army Museum, where the exhibition will take place, points out that the situation in our neighborhood makes the exhibition highly relevant. "The large donation of SEK 1.5 million from the Torsten Söderberg Foundation has given us a fantastic opportunity," he adds.

The contributing institutions in both countries have many objects in their collections that have become highly relevant in a changing world. The exhibition will be based on collaborative research across national borders and between institutions in each country.

– Rysslands försök att radera Ukrainas nationella identitet och kulturarv gör att det är angeläget att, på vetenskaplig grund och genom samarbete mellan forskare och institutioner i båda länder, synliggöra Ukrainas historia. Utställningen är en spännande möjlighet att göra det och att lyfta fram perioder då Ukrainas och Sveriges vägar korsats genom till exempel handel, bosättning, politiska och diplomatiska förbindelser. Det glädjer oss att medverka till denna samverkansforskning och utställning, säger Maria Söderberg, ordförande för Torsten Söderbergs Stiftelse.

The National Defense History Museums with Director General Helene Rånlund and Fabian Arnheim Head of the Army Museum, the Swedish National Archives with National Archivist Karin Åström Iko, and the National Museum of the History of Ukraine during World War II with Director General Yurii Savchuk - are coordinating the preparation of the exhibition Crossroads. Collaboration with several significant actors in both countries, such as the State Historical Museums and the National Museum of Ukrainian History, will lead to new knowledge about the crossroads of Ukraine and Sweden and about individual objects, including the Army Museum's fan collection, which is one of the largest in the world, of which around 100 banners are Ukrainian.

Utställningen Korsvägar: Sverige-Ukraina genom 1000 år öppnar 22 februari 2024 på Armémuseum i Stockholm.

Läs mer om utställningen.

In addition, the Torsten Söderberg Foundation is funding a research project at the Historical Museum in Stockholm led by Fedir Androshchuk, Associate Professor and Director of the National Museum of Ukrainian History, which is studying 'Sweden and Ukraine in museum collection history and exhibition narratives'. Sweden and Ukraine in museum collection history and exhibition narratives.

Interior of the Swedish church in Gammalsvenskby, Ukraine. The Swedish delegation from Musikverket
plays at the service. Photo Torbjörn Ivarsson

The top photo shows Filip Orlik's Constitution of 1710, one of Ukraine's most important documents and now in the National Archives. The photographer is Johanna Fries Markiewicz, Head of the National Archives' Preservation and Conservation Unit and involved in the Crossroads exhibition.