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As Russian attacks continue, efforts to conserve and promote Ukrainian art are ongoing

Efforts to conserve and support Ukrainian art are ongoing while Russian attacks escalate.

Key Takeaways:

  • The owners of a gallery in Kiev, where the threat of Russian invasion has been decreased but not eliminated, are preparing to protect valuable works of art in case the city is bombarded again.
  • Several works by Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko were destroyed by the Russian troops at a museum near her childhood home.

The proprietors of an art gallery in Kiev, where the threat of Russian invasion has been reduced but not removed, are working to secure precious works of art in case the city is bombed again.

Many buildings in Kyiv have been boarded up in fear of another attack, including an art gallery that includes innumerable artworks and relics.

Although the front door is still locked, the building’s owners have been accessing through a hidden entranceway that leads to a closet in the gallery, all to take the art to safety.

A few pieces remain inside because the gallery owners claim they want to keep things normal.

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However, the most important paintings originally displayed on these walls are now kept in vaults to prevent Russians from plundering them.

A gallery worker told CTV National News’ National Affairs Correspondent Omar Sachedina, “It’s secret.” “We have a lot of rooms where we can keep the art.”

It’s not the only way Ukrainian art is being supported right now – in a stunning display of patriotism, the owners claim that the value of Ukrainian art has skyrocketed, thanks mostly to affluent domestic collectors.

In February, the Russian military destroyed numerous pieces by Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko at a museum near her childhood home.

Prymachenko, who died 25 years ago, was a painter who created magical, colorful works based on Ukrainian folklore and animals. Shortly after the attack on the Ivankiv Museum, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister tweeted that roughly 25 of her artworks had been torched.

Her art has been reintroduced as a symbol of peace in recent weeks, with one picture of a dove with wings spread made into murals and projected on buildings at international protests for Ukraine.

And tonight, a work of art by the 20th-century great, lauded by Picasso and others, was auctioned off.

It was estimated to be worth US$20,000 heading into the auction. The winning bid was $500,000.

At a meeting in Warsaw on Thursday, the proceeds will be shipped to the Ukrainian military, joining the US$6.5 billion in humanitarian help committed by international donors.

Source: CTV News

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