The occupiers took the valuable collection of the Kherson Art Museum to Crimea (photo)
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The organizers of the “evacuation” of the cultural heritage of Ukraine did not take care of the proper transportation of the exhibits. The paintings were wrapped in rags and loaded into trucks.
Under the slogan of “preservation of cultural values”, the Russian military removed valuable works of art of the 17th-20th centuries from the Kherson Art Museum named after Shovkunenko. As the press service of the museum reported on Facebook, the property and a collection of valuable exhibits were sent to Simferopol.
The publication says that the occupation authorities organized up to four dozen people who from October 31 to November 1 devastated the art museum. At the same time, the organizers of the robbery did not even take care of the proper transportation conditions – the paintings were not packed in a special way, but simply wrapped in some rags and loaded into trucks.
“On November 1, three trucks and a school bus were loaded and taken out, accompanied by people armed with machine guns in civilian clothes, on November 2, two more trucks, on November 3, the remains were taken by bus without armed guards,” the message says.
< img class="aligncenter" src="/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/okkupanty-vyvezli-v-krym-cennuju-kollekciju-hersonskogo-hudozhestvennogo-muzeja-foto-64641ae.jpg" alt="Occupiers took to Crimea a valuable collection of the Kherson Art Museum (photo)" />
It is not specified which exhibits were taken from the museum, the material says that the most valuable art objects of the 17th-19th centuries were undoubtedly stolen. At the same time, it is noted that despite the delivery of exhibits to the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea, it is not a fact that there will be the last destination.
The so-called evacuation was led by the “director” of the museum, Natalya Desyatova, who was assisted by several employees who agreed to work for the Russians. And the museum workers Natalya Koltsova and Inna Burenko, who had previously left for Crimea, are accepting the collection from the Kherson Museum.
Kherson Museum Collection
The collection of the Kherson Art Museum named after Shovkunenko has about twelve thousand works of painting, graphics, sculpture, arts and crafts of various periods and thematic areas. It is based on the private collection of the famous St. Petersburg collector Maria Kornilovskaya, the collection of the former art department of the Kherson Museum of Local Lore, as well as works from private collections in Ukraine and around the world.
Among the exhibits of the museum were works by Ukrainian and foreign masters such as Ivan Shishkin, Alexey Savrasov, Zinaida Serebryakova, Konstantin Kryzhitsky, Nikolay Kuznetsov, Nikolay Skadovsky, Alexey Bogolyubov, Konstantin Trutovsky. The museum also offered guests to get acquainted with Chinese vases, Japanese ink pots and other valuable items of oriental culture.
The museum also kept unique works on the religious theme of Mikhail Shibanov, rare icons, samples of the so-called “northern letters” of the last third XVII century, church objects and sacred sewing of the XVIII-XIX centuries.
The museum contains unique works on religious topics by Mikhail Shibanov, rare icons, samples of the so-called “northern letters” of the last third of the XVII century, church objects and sacral sewing XVIII-XIX centuries.