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State Russian Museum Completes Restoration of Damaged Artworks from Taganrog

March 22, 2024: according to Minister of Culture of Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova, the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, has completed the restoration of all the 22 pieces of art, which were impaired in the blast of a Ukrainian S-200 surface-to-air missile on July 28, 2023.

paintings_restored2024_1 At the time of the blast, Taganrog Museum of Art was exhibiting 120 publicly owned artworks, including those by Serov, Korovin, Benois, Malyavin. As a result, nine items suffered significant damage.

"Restoration artists not only nullified the effects of damage but also succeeded in returning the paintings their original appearance and the authors' message," said Olga Lyubimova.

paintings_restored2024_2 In particular, the experts have eliminated ruptures and stretches in the canvas as well as defects of the layers of paint. Impaired stretchers and frames have been substituted with new ones.

Now, when the restoration is over, the artworks are to be showcased within the framework of the exhibition "Neradovsky Readings" at the State Russian Museum in April 2024. After that, all the 22 artworks will be returned to Taganrog Museum of Art.