The United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO, said more than 127 cultural sites were damaged in Ukraine.
DENVER — Some things destroyed in Ukraine over the past few months will never be replaced.
Countless cities have been shelled relentlessly since the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine in February. Since then, the director of the Denver Art Museum, along with dozens of other members of the American museum director community, has closely followed the impact of war on historic buildings.
“There’s not much we can do right now. There are expressions of loyalty, expressions of support, but of course we live here in a completely different part of the world. follows,” said Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich. mentioned. “We wanted to have an artist relevant to Ukraine and we wanted to have a piece relevant to the current situation.”
The Denver Art Museum has unveiled a copy of a painting by Maria Primachenko titled “A Dove Has Spread Its Wings and Asks for Peace.”
“Primashenko is the icon – she is a national treasure of Ukraine. Everyone knows her. She is on stamps, on a coin. People have her posters, her embroidery, things inspired by her work in his homes,” Heinrich said.
“The war in Ukraine is a war against the Ukrainian people, but it is also a war against their national identity, their culture, a war against their art. One of the first victims was this museum in Ivankiv, and it is a museum where about, I think, 20 works by Maria Primachenko have been stored and maybe lost, maybe not. It’s not entirely clear yet,” Heinrich said.
Latest reports indicate that Primachenko’s works may have been spared, but so many others were not so lucky. The United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO, said more than 127 cultural sites were damaged in Ukraine, including 11 museums and 26 historical buildings.
“I think when you look at art from other cultures, from other countries, you really get an understanding of a shared humanity, and that’s what museums are for,” Heinrich said. “This is where museum people, art people, feel involved, engaged and also, in a way, threatened.”
Primachenko’s piece is on display outside the Denver Art Museum on the bridge at 13th Avenue.
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