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The Irish Museum of Modern Art displays works by Ukrainian artists stolen by Russians from Kherson

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Photo: The Irish Museum of Modern Art displays works by Ukrainian artists stolen by Russians from Kherson. Source: spice.kmi.open.ac.uk
Photo: The Irish Museum of Modern Art displays works by Ukrainian artists stolen by Russians from Kherson. Source: spice.kmi.open.ac.uk

The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art, showcased on its platform the project "Lost Ukrainian Heritage". These are works by the best Ukrainian artists of the 20th-21st centuries, stolen by Russian occupiers from the Kherson Art Museum named after Alexey Shovkunenko, according to the museum's website.

"With the beginning of a full-scale invasion, the Russian occupiers not only killed Ukrainians and destroyed their homes, but also aimed to destroy Ukrainian cultural heritage. Numerous museums and galleries became targets of attacks, destruction and looting. Among these institutions is the Kherson Art Museum, also known as the Kherson Regional Art Museum named after Shovkunenko," the statement says.

The idea for the project came from Kiev artist Sana Shahmuradova-Tanska. Being in an art residence in Dublin in April this year and working with the SPICE project, which is dedicated to public curation of cultural heritage, the artist suggested IMMA introduce their visitors to the works of Ukrainian museums stolen by Russians.

They focused specifically on the collection of the Kherson Art Museum. Thus, one artist connected two museums. The project was implemented online in digital format on the website of the Irish Museum.

And although the noise about the crimes of Russians, including in the cultural sphere, is spreading more and more around the world, it is extremely important to talk about it.

As noted in the Kherson Museum, "not only to have a cohesive public opinion that will not give the marauding country chances for justification and, hopefully, eventually force them to return the stolen, but also so that such barbarism and lawlessness could not occur anywhere else in the world.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art added its voice to the loud chorus of support for the robbed and destroyed Ukrainian museums:

"With the beginning of a full-scale invasion, the Russian occupiers not only killed Ukrainians and destroyed their homes, but also aimed to destroy Ukrainian cultural heritage. Numerous museums and galleries became targets of attacks, destruction and looting. Among these institutions is the Kherson Art Museum...", the message says.

The "Lost Ukrainian Heritage" project presents only thirty-two works stolen by Russian occupiers from the collection of the Kherson Art Museum.

The real art losses of the museum amount to more than 11,000 works.

We remind you that when Russia blew up the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station in Ukraine, museums of Polina Raiko and Ostap Vyshnia were flooded in the Kherson region. Kherson Art Museum miraculously survived - the water stopped 200 meters from the entrance.

Earlier, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands decided to return to Ukraine the Scythian gold, which was on display in a museum in the Netherlands during the occupation of Crimea by Russians.

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