Inetrnational Centre of the Roerichs

04.04.2018

Photochronology of the Non-Governmental Nicholas Roerich Museum's damage

A press conference of the International Center of the Roerichs for Russian and foreign journalists was held in the press center of the Information Agency Rosbalt (Moscow, Skatetrny Pereulok, 4/2, Building 1) was held on January 30 (Tuesday), 2018, at 11:30. It was dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the Day of Death of Svetoslav Roerich (1904-1993), the youngest son of the great Russian artist Nicholas Roerich and the founder of the Non-Governmental Nicholas Roerich Museum in Moscow as well as to 9 months from the moment of illegal seizure of the Museum by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the State Museum of Oriental Arts, subordinate to it.

On the night of April 28 - 29, 2017, the State Museum of Oriental Art seized the territory and buildings of the ancient Lopoukhins’ Estate, where, since the 1990s, the Non-Governmental Nicholas Roerich Museum of the International Center of the Roerichs was located. It was created on the initiative of Svetoslav Roerich, the last representative of the family of outstanding figures of Russian and World culture.

The Ministry of Culture, under the guise of investigative actions of the Moscow City Police Department in the case of Master Bank, unlawfully seized all the funds of the Non-Governmental Nicholas Roerich Museum owned by the International Center of the Roerichs, as well as the entire property of the organization and employees, resulted in numerous thefts.

Deputy Director of the State Museum of Oriental Arts Tigran Mkrtychev stressed in his interview to the newspaper “Sobesednik”, that he refused to sign documents on the inventory of the property of the International Center of the Roerichs. He stated, “I do not have to sign anything. There is nothing in the law about drawing up an inventory and need for me to sign it. If we talk about shop windows, they are in good condition, already packed and ready for export. Showcases are whole. “ (Anna Baluyeva. “Barbaric picture in Roerich Museum” // “Sobesednik”, 6.02.2018).

We 'd like you to get acquainted with new facts of intentional vandalism and lawlessness in respect of property of the International Center of the Roerichs, which for nine months was in “safe custody” with the leadership of the State Museum of Oriental Art.



Halls of the Non-Governmental Nicholas Roerich Museum before and after the damage

The opening hall before the capture of the Museum The opening hall after the capture of the Museum

Petersburg Hall before the capture of the Museum St. Petersburg Hall after the capture of the Museum

Russian Hall before the capture of the Museum Russian Hall after the capture of the Museum

The Hall of Living Ethics before the capture of the Museum The Hall of Living Ethics after the capture of the Museum

The Hall of Teachers before the capture of the Museum The Hall of Teachers after the capture of the Museum

George Roerich Hall before the capture of the Museum George Roerich Hall after the capture of the Museum

Hall of Kullu before the capture of the Museum Hall of Kullu after the capture of the Museum

The Enfilade of the Halls of the Museum before the capture of the Museum The Enfilade of the Halls of the Museum after the capture of the Museum

The Hall of the Central Asian Expedition before the capture of the Museum The Hall of the Central Asian Expedition after the capture of the Museum

The Hall of the Banner of Peace before the capture of the Museum The Hall of the Banner of Peace after the capture of the Museum

Svetoslav Roerich Hall before the capture of the Museum Svetoslav Roerich Hall after the capture of the Museum



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