Frequently Asked Questions

Immersive Shevchenko

COVID-19

  • Chicago
    COVID-19 Update

    Effective Monday, Feb. 28th, 2022:

    In accordance with the City of Chicago’s guidance for venues, Immersive ArtSpace Chicago will not require patrons to wear a face mask or provide proof of vaccination in order to enter our exhibits.

    We encourage all patrons to wear any personal protective equipment they feel comfortable with, but it is optional.

    This policy is subject to change with any future mandates or announcements made by the City of Chicago’s government.

    To learn more about the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 policies, please visit their website listed here: chicago.gov/COVID

  • Cleveland

    Covid-19 Update

    Safety is our number one priority for all guests attending Immersive Shevchenko Cleveland. With over 170,000 visitors in Toronto during COVID-19 and zero reported cases associated with the exhibition since opening, we’re proud to be operating an experience where it is safe to GOGH.

    To ensure your safety, and based on guidance from the CDC and other government agencies, our walk-in exhibition will operate with enhanced safety measures including:

    • Reduced capacity in line with state guidelines, to ensure all guests have enough space to safely enjoy the experience 

    • Touchless hand sanitization stations placed throughout the venue 

    • Plexiglass barriers at all payment locations

    • Contactless payment encouraged throughout the venue

    • Floor markings throughout the venue to assist in six-foot social distancing limit

    • Social distancing circles projected throughout the entire exhibition gallery space

    • Enhanced, regular cleaning throughout the day on each floor

    • Contact tracing for all staff and guests

    We will continue to closely monitor the situation daily, and adjust our safety measures accordingly.

    Thanks for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

  • Pittsburgh

    Covid-19 Update

    Safety is our number one priority for all guests attending Immersive Shevchenko Pittsburgh. With over 170,000 visitors in Toronto during COVID-19 and zero reported cases associated with the exhibition since opening, we’re proud to be operating an experience where it is safe to GOGH.

    To ensure your safety, and based on guidance from the CDC and other government agencies, our walk-in exhibition will operate with enhanced safety measures including:

    • Reduced capacity in line with state guidelines, to ensure all guests have enough space to safely enjoy the experience 

    • Touchless hand sanitization stations placed throughout the venue 

    • Plexiglass barriers at all payment locations

    • Contactless payment encouraged throughout the venue

    • Floor markings throughout the venue to assist in six-foot social distancing limit

    • Social distancing circles projected throughout the entire exhibition gallery space

    • Enhanced, regular cleaning throughout the day on each floor

    • Contact tracing for all staff and guests

    We will continue to closely monitor the situation daily, and adjust our safety measures accordingly.

    Thanks for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

  • Tickets Info

  • What is included in my tickets?

    Tickets include admission to Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine, a 15-minute immersive art experience. We will also be adding the Immersive Frida Kahlo experience or the Immersive Van Gogh experience (if you are in Cleveland) to the event which you will be able to view following Immersive Shevchenko. These other immersive experiences have a runtime of approximately 40 minutes. The shows will run in tandem on a loop, and you can stay for as many runtimes as you want, subject to our hours of operation. See below to find out which additional experience is playing in your city on March 15:

    Chicago: Immersive Frida Kahlo
    Cleveland: Immersive Van Gogh
    Pittsburgh: Immersive Frida Kahlo 

    Virtual event: Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine only

  • Prohibited & Permissible Personal Items

    We encourage you to leave valuables, large bags, and other personal belongings at home. For the safety of our visitors and the collection, all bags entering or leaving the exhibit, including purses, are subject to inspection.

    Backpacks and duffle bags are not permitted in the exhibit.

    Prohibited:

    • Backpacks, luggage, and duffle bags (Bags larger than an A4 size paper will not be permitted, please see our terms and conditions for more details)
    • Paints and aerosols
    • Indelible markers
    • Weapons of any type
    • Outside food and beverages (including alcohol)
    • Food of any type is not permitted in the gallery
    • Any item deemed by exhibit security or venue management to be inappropriate
    • Bikes, helmets, skateboards, Heelys, rollerblades, and non-mobility aid scooters are not permitted
    • Camping chairs
    • Tripods

    Permissible:

    • Walkers, mobility scooters, and other mobility aids
    • Strollers
    • Cameras (still/video)
    • Service animals – for non-traditional service animals please contact the exhibit before your visit

    Prohibited items will not be stored by venue management or on-site.

    Immersive Shevchenko reserves the right to amend the above restrictions without notice. If you are unsure about an item you are bringing with you, please contact us.

  • Authorized Ticket Sellers

    Warning! If you want to experience the Immersive Shevchenko Exhibit, ensure you are buying your tickets from lighthouseimmersive.com/immersive-Shevchenko or our verified partners.

    Should you have purchased tickets for our exhibit from any other site other than listed below, please contact us for verification.

    Authorized ticket partners to Immersive Shevchenko:

    - LighthouseImmersive.com

    - Universe.com

    Other partner sites may too have promotions and access to tickets but these should redirect you to our website for purchase.

  • Virtual Exhibit Tickets Info

  • How does the virtual event work?

    If Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine is not coming to your city, and you would like to experience it and support Ukraine, Lighthouse Immersive will present a virtual version of the immersive art exhibit, available to stream online on March 15th. It will be hosted by Lighthouse Immersive’s Richard Ouzounian in cooperation with the exhibit’s producer, Valeriy Kostyuk. They will set the scene, guide you through the event and answer questions afterwards, providing you with a deeply moving experience not available anywhere else.

  • What does the virtual event include?

    If you purchase tickets to the Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine virtual event, a link will be emailed to you on March 15th. Using this link, you will be able to access the virtual event for 72 hours.

  • How long is the virtual event?

    Total runtime of the virtual event is 35 minutes. The runtime for Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine is 15 minutes. The virtual experience will also include presentations by hosts Richard Ouzounian and Ukrainian-born producer, Valeriy Kostyuk, of about 20 minutes. They will set the scene, guide you through the event and answer questions afterward, providing you with a deeply moving experience not available anywhere else.

  • Exhibit Info

  • What organizations will receive donations?

    All proceeds from Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine, will go to the National Bank of Ukraine Fund and First Theatrical Charitable Foundation to assist in their efforts to help and support Ukraine throughout Russian aggressions.

    First Theatrical Charitable Foundation was established in 2013 to promote and support cultural development in Ukraine, Ukrainian artists, and create opportunities for low income families to access arts and culture. As Ukraine is fighting not only for existence of the state but also for its culture, First Theatrical Charitable Foundation focuses on providing essential support to retired/senior arts and culture workers and other priority groups of Ukraine's culture sector. Organization provides the following humanitarian support;

    • Medicine and sanitary products
    • Food and clothing
    • Transportation to places of essential services
    • Displacement assistance
  • What is Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine?

    Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine is an immersive art experience that brings the work of Taras Shevchenko, revered Ukrainian poet, and artist, to life through state-of-the-art video mapping technology. Shevchenko’s art is projected on a jaw-dropping scale, set to a sweeping soundtrack.

    From sweeping watercolor landscapes to intimate oil portraits and poignant political statements, Shevchenko’s art was pivotal in establishing and celebrating a Ukrainian national identity.

  • Who is Taras Shevchenko?

    Considered to be the father of modern Ukrainian literature, Taras Shevchenko (1814 to 1861) was a poet, writer, public and political figure, and artist. His life and work has been celebrated for more than a century, and he is especially revered in Ukraine.

    Shevchenko was born into serfdom, and was orphaned early in life. He grew up in extreme poverty. His freedom was purchased while he was studying at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. Upon the completion of his studies, he returned to Ukraine and was appalled at the conditions under which his country folk were forced to live.

    He saw it as his duty to, in any way he could, fight against the injustices inflicted by the tsardom and prevailing system of serfdom. For Shevchenko, the best way to rebel was through his art and writing.

    From sweeping watercolor landscapes to intimate oil portraits and poignant political statements, Shevchenko’s art was pivotal in establishing and celebrating a Ukrainian national identity. His work illustrates and encapsulates the soul of Ukraine - the everyday people and their everyday lives and struggles, set against the backdrop of Ukraine’s rich natural beauty.

    In 1847 Shevchenko was convicted and exiled for promoting the independence of Ukraine, writing poems in the Ukrainian language, and ridiculing the Russian tsardom. Throughout his exile, he continued to write and create art, even though he was expressly forbidden to do so by Tsar Nicholas I.

  • Why is Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine relevant today?

    In his art, Taras Shevchenko strove to illustrate and encapsulate the soul of Ukraine - the everyday people and their everyday lives and struggles, set against the backdrop of Ukraine’s rich natural beauty.

    From sweeping watercolor landscapes to intimate oil portraits and poignant political statements, Shevchenko’s art was pivotal in establishing and celebrating a Ukrainian national identity.

    In 1847 Shevchenko was convicted and exiled for promoting the independence of Ukraine, writing poems in the Ukrainian language, and ridiculing the Russian tsardom. Throughout his exile, he continued to write and create art.

    Shevchenko believed that justice would prevail, and the world would one day belong to the “family of the free”. Evoking emotions and senses, his art brings this ideal to life. And, given the current political situation, his message and art has never been more relevant.

  • Will I receive a tax receipt/certificate?

    No - Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine is not a registered charity. However, we will send all proceeds from Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine to the National Bank of Ukraine Fund and First Theatrical Charitable Foundation to assist in their efforts to help and support Ukraine throughout Russian aggressions.

  • Who created Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine?

    The exhibition was created by a leading international team, including Natalia Delieva (Ukraine) - producer, Valeriy Kostyuk (Canada) - producer, Tais Poda (Ukraine) - creative director, Timur Polyansky (Ukraine) - composer and Dmytro Stus (Ukraine) - Taras Shevchenko curator-consultant.

  • How many artworks form part of the exhibit?

    Taras Shevchenko has created more than 1,000 works of art, of which about 278 paintings are considered to be lost forever. Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine features over 200 individual artworks.

    The scanned images of original paintings used in Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine are provided by the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv. On Saturday, February 26th 2022, aggression by Russian Armed forces near the museum resulted in all his original art pieces being packed up and taken to safety, in wooden crates built in 1941 to evacuate the same works out of Kyiv before Nazi occupation.

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