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"The Saved Masterpieces. State Russian Museum to Taganrog" exhibition opens in Saint Petersburg

April 23, 2024: a unique exhibition titled "The Saved Masterpieces. State Russian Museum to Taganrog" opened yesterday, April 22, in Saint Petersburg's Marble Palace within the framework of "Neradovsky Readings" academic workshop. It showcases the 22 pieces of art, which were impaired in the blast of a Ukrainian S-200 surface-to-air missile on July 28, 2023.

saved_masterpieces_2024 At the time of the blast, Taganrog Museum of Art was exhibiting 120 artworks. As a result, nine items suffered significant damage, including "The Blessing of Rebecca" by Henri Frederic Schopin, "The Terrace" by Konstantin Korovin and "Judith" by Valentin Serov.

The damaged artworks from Taganrog were carefully restored by the State Russian Museum. 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.

The exhibition demonstrates the final result of the extensive work done by the State Russian Museum and will be open to public until May 13, 2024. After that, all the 22 artworks will be returned to Taganrog Museum of Art.