Ukrainian architect Victoria YAKUSHA has revealed plans for a cultural complex in the village of Bolotnya, Ukraine, to house artworks by folk painter Maria Prymachenko that was recently saved from a building destroyed in the Ukraine war. In 2022, in response to the Russian army's attack that targeted the Ivankov Museum and led to the destruction of a part of Maria

  • The garden

    a place where Maria, her family and neighbors spent a lot of time, where she sometimes held drawing sessions with local children and where an apple tree planted by the artist herself still grows.

  • LOCATION: Ukraine, Bolotnya

    Bolotnya — a village where Maria Prymachenko spent her life, barely ever leaving the village’s borders.
Maria’s home has been changed but it is still alive.

  • The lake 

    imbued with stories of Maria’s life, the artist personally commanded it to be dug for her grandchildren and family.


    The art residence and museum of Maria Prymachenko are located in Bolotnya, the village where the artist spent her life and which she almost never left. The land itself speaks of Maria here and preserves her history.


    Yakusha presented the concept of the architectural project on September, 2st at the exhibition opening "Maria Prymachenko. Saved" in Kyiv, which displays 14 of her works saved from the fire in the Ivankiv museum.

  • Maria’s WayExhibition space

    An exhibition space recalling an animal’s wild mane, recurrent feature in Maria's work, presents a series of rotunda halls each telling of a period in the artists life. The building i “Maria’s Way” — the steps from childhood till her last moments. Some halls house Maria's double-sided in the center, in others you can sit and watch projections of photos, stories, or circular walls.

  • Maria’s WayExhibition space

    Visually ascetic, the structures represent Maria’s nature —everything in her art came from within. To understand the works of Maria Prymachenko one must understand her from the inside see her soul. The architecture hints at the worldview of the artist, invites you to discover it internally.