Victoria Yakusha

SKARB [ukrainian for treasure]

I turned to the theme of treasure for a reason.

A treasure is something that can be stolen but cannot be taken away.

A treasure is something that lives in the heart of everyone who remembers themselves.

A treasure is about something very dear to you, something that will always be yours, something that cannot be appropriated.


Among them thrived the ancestors of countless European peoples: the Trypillians, Scythians, Cimmerians, Sarmatians, Antes, and myriad others.

Today, these mounds stand as silent witnesses to history, as well as horrid crimes as they remain under Russian fire control.

Once repositories of priceless treasures and cultural heritage, these sacred sites have become targets of destruction and plunder. Countless artifacts, once proudly displayed in museums across eastern and southern Ukraine, have vanished, been stolen, destroyed, or looted in one of the largest art heists since World War II.

As shadows of the past fade into memory, the echoes of these lost civilizations linger — a poignant reminder of the fragility of heritage and the enduring struggle to preserve the treasures of the ages.

In the heart of the SKARB exhibition, all of the pieces come together to form a symphony of design and history, inviting visitors to embark on a journey through the annals of time. From the ancient wonders of the Trypillian civilization to the heroic tales of the Ukrainian Cossacks, each artifact tells a story of triumph, resilience, and the enduring spirit of Ukraine that is engraved in every piece of heritage we have.

SKARB is dedicated to the material and immaterial treasures of heritage that

Ukrainians protect with their lives.