Kuindzhi Art Museum Destroyed in Russian Airstrike – ARTnews.com

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The Russian bombing of the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol claims the Kuindzhi Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the local realist painter Arkhip Kuindz.

The news was first reported by the Lviv-based culture website Local History. Konstantin Chernyavsky, chairman of the Ukrainian Artists’ Union, later confirmed in a Facebook post that the agency was destroyed in an airstrike on March 20.

Born in Mariupol in 1842, Arkhip Kuindz gained support in both Ukraine and Russia for his skillful use of light and color.In his early career he was associated with an influential 19th-century Russian realist group known as the Wanderers, but a painter like him who pursues his own vibrant landscape. Farewell to Red sunset on the Dnieper River A collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1905-8) ,.

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The museum opened in 2010 on an Art Nouveau landmark. The collection contains more than 600 paintings by 20th century Ukrainian artists.

Chernyavsky tells the local history of three original paintings by Kuindzhi in sketches for the collection. Red sunsetAnd two preparatory works, Elbrus When autumn-It was removed from the premises before the bombing. Their current location is unknown.

On Facebook, Chernyavsky vowed that the museum would be rebuilt, “Glory to Ukraine.”

Kuindzhi made a headline in 2019 when the guy grabbed the picture Love Petri.Crimea With a broad view of security, the Wall Off (1898-1908) of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow went out of his hands at a financial institution with a $ 1 million painting swing. He was later arrested, and the work was recovered in a loan from the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg to Tretyakov.

Kuindzhi’s Piaivan Aivazovsky by a contemporary Ukrainian artist, a Russian romantic painter known for his impressive seascape, as well as paintings of the work, while the work is believed to have been destroyed by airstrikes. did.

Russian troops have claimed the lives of thousands of civilians, leveled important landmarks, and have been accused of indiscriminate bombing of urban spaces during the Ukrainan invasion. In February, Russian troops burned down Ivankiv, which was home to dozens of paintings by Ukrainian folk artist Maria Primacenko, the Ivankiv History and Local History Museum, northwest of the city of Kyiv, the capital. On March 20, Russia bombed a G12 art school in eastern Mariupol, where 400 civilians had been evacuated.

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