[Aaus-community-list] Re: [aaus-list] Lavra museums predicament
hrycaka at reed.edu
Sun Nov 14 01:20:27 EST 2010
We should do an letter/appeal. I imagine many scholars will be available
to sign on, perhaps we can also raise this issue in LA at the AAUS
meeting and circulate a petition more widely than this list.
Oxana Shevel, Prof. wrote:
> In case you have not heard, several museums housed in Lavra in Kyiv,
> including the one housing the famous gold "pektoral" are being kicked
> out, apparently into the unknown. The buildings housing the museums are
> being transferred to the church (Moscow patriarchy). I do not know any
> details beyond what's being reported in the press (for example here:
> http://www.istpravda.com.ua/articles/2010/11/11/3978/), but from what's
> being reported, the fate of the museums and the collections they house
> is clearly in jeopardy since new premises have not been identified while
> the museums are required to vacate their current premises in the Lavra.
> Concerns have been expressed that in the chaos of removing hundreds of
> thousands of exhibits valuable historical artifacts may get "lost" and
> find their way into private collections.
> Is it perhaps time for another open letter/appeal from the scholarly and
> arts community to the Ukrainian authorities to let the museums stay
> until suitable new premises are provided?
> If anyone has more information or is aware of any ongoing efforts to
> save the museums and their collections please share.
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