• The authenticity of the paintings from the collection centre of the Roerichs in Moscow questioned

  • The Commission on inventory of the property, working in the Lopukhins ' estate, which until recently housed the international centre of the Roerichs (ICR), have questioned the authenticity of seven paintings owned by the organization. About it reports RIA Novosti with reference to the Director of the Museum of the Roerichs Tigran Mkrtychev. At a press conference on Friday 12 may, he also said that in one of the buildings of the estate were discovered, the squatter — the second level of the basement, located under the historic.

    Mkrtychev said that during the inventory of the property, all actions are recorded on video, starting with opening the premises to its sealing after use. At the moment we have described the exposition of the Museum and specialists have begun work at the Depository. The test began on 3 may and will last approximately until the end of the month.

    The Commission includes employees of the Museum of Oriental art, public men, representatives of the Institute of Oriental studies, employees of the Roerich Museum of new York. According to Mkrtychev, during the inspection of the Depository found some paintings of Nicholas Roerich, whose authenticity is in doubt. After the inventory is completed, these works will explore professional experts, and make your verdict.

    20 March, the Moscow Arbitration court ruled on termination of the contract of uncompensated use of the premises of the Lopukhins ' estate and to evict the International centre of the Roerichs. In the vacant spaces will be organized by the national Museum of the Roerich family — a branch of the Museum of Oriental art, which the building of the Lopukhins ' estate was transferred to the Federal property management Agency in 2015. The Ministry Of Culture said, what actions concerning the ICR have been taken to ensure the safety of the estate — a monument of Federal significance. Earlier the Federal property management Agency, were allegedly revealed numerous violations on the part of the center.

    7 March in the premises of the ICR were searched. Investigators seized approximately 200 exhibits of the Museum and called the workers of the center for investigative experiment in the Museum. Earlier, the Minister of culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky told, searches in the ICR associated with the patron of the Museum, the former owner of Master Bank is Boris Baker, who is a "defendant in a large number of criminal cases connected with deliberate bankruptcy".


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