The Minister of culture Eugene Nischuk described the destruction of the Patriotic graffiti on the street Hrushevsky in Kyiv is unacceptable. The Ministry of culture, together with partners, will search for options to restore graffiti, Nidoc wrote on his page in Facebook.
“I was saddened to learn of the destruction of graffiti on the Grushevsky street – the so-called Icons of the Revolution. I must confess I was surprised by the news. It would seem that after the events of the revolution of dignity, witnesses and participants of which we were, after the Heavenly Hundred, the third year of the war, such things should be impossible and unacceptable… However, if figures have been painted for a reason – needs to upset the initiators – these icons are no longer just walls – they are in the hearts of Ukrainians. Regarding the Icons of the Revolution, we look for colleagues and options for their recovery, to varying degrees,” – said the Minister.
He said he plans to meet with representatives of Kiev and Museum of the Maidan, to discuss the possibility of making similar art objects in the list of historical monuments and their preservation, like the glazed fragment of one of the columns of the main post office, painted during the Orange revolution.
“I don’t know what motivated the initiators of this “brilliant idea” more than that – I can’t imagine who would do such a hand just to wash them. One thing I know – it was unacceptable and shortsighted,” – said Nyshchuk.
Earlier today it was reported that from the front of the furniture store on the street Hrushevsky in Kyiv erased Patriotic graffiti depicting Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko and Lesya Ukrainka.
Tomorrow, September 4, held a joint briefing of the Ukrainian Institute of national remembrance, the Museum of the Maidan, and artists and public figures about the destruction of the historical monument.
Ukrainian Institute of national memory is preparing an appeal to the police and the Prosecutor General’s office on the fact of vandalism. “Graffiti on Grushevskogo is a monument of history according to the order of the Ministry of culture from 15.10.2014 N869. Their destruction is a crime and subject to part 2 of article 298 of the Criminal code – deliberate illegal destruction, destruction, damage to cultural heritage site or part thereof is a fine of up to 2350 UAH or restriction or deprivation of liberty for up to three years with a possible prohibition to hold certain positions,” says the Institute.
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