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More Than Fifty Paintings Returned To the National Museum Of Chechnya
June 27, 2014 01:22


More than fifty paintings by great artists, damaged and taken away from Grozny during the military operations returned to the National Museum of Chechnya after their restoration in Grabar  Centre in Moscow, among them there are paintings by Aivazovsky, Kuindzhi, Zakharov, Shchukin and Tropinia, as the museum director Vakha Astalov said.

More than one hundred of paintings extracted from under the fallen houses of the State Museum of Local History and the Zakharov Museum of Fine Arts in Grozny were evacuated to Moscow in 1995. The canvases of the great classics were saved jointly by FSB, the Emergencies Ministry, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Culture of Russia and Chechnya. A total of about one hundred paintings were evacuated, including the works by famous artists - Roubaud, Aivazovsky, Kuindzhi, Molinari, Zakharov, Shchukin, Tropinin.

“51 pictures returned to their native place after restoration, the work on restoration of other paintings is not finished yet” - Astalov noted. A total of 112 pictures were being restored in Moscow. According to Astalov, many artifacts were lost and spread around the world; some of them were found and returned to their place. “Two paintings were found and seized at Sotheby's in London in 2001 – these were the portraits of Suvorov’s daughter and son-in-law, the Count Zubov, the artist Shchukin and the Countess Zubova by Molinari” -  the director of the museum explained.

According to these words, the work by Tropinin “Boy with a book” was found in Moscow and the painting “The Portrait of Baron Rokossovskiy” by Makovsky was found on the “black market” in Primorsky Krai, as a result of investigative works. The paintings remaining in Moscow will also return to Grozny museum after restoration.

“It takes time and a lot of money, because the paintings themselves are of great value” – Astalov stressed. For example, the restoration of the painting “The Capture of Shamil” by Roubaud will take about three years, according to experts. The exhibition of the returned paintings will be held not earlier than in a month. There were about 1,000 exhibits in the Art Gallery of the republic some day, only more than a hundred of them survived.

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Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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