The World Monuments Fund (WMF), which is engaged in the preservation of cultural heritage, announced the list of its projects for 2024. This year, the organization plans to focus on restoring the damage in Ukraine due to the full-scale invasion of Russia, as well as on the elimination of the consequences of the earthquakes that occurred in Turkey in 2023.
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This was reported by the publication Artnet.
After the start of Russia’s large-scale war against Ukraine in 2022, the Russians, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Culture, damaged 872 objects of cultural heritage. WMF announced that it will restore the glass dome of the monument called the Teacher’s House in Kyiv. The foundation has already installed a protective coating against water damage and will now work on replacing the glass.
|The dome of the Teacher’s House after massive Russian shelling. Photo: Yelyzaveta Servatynska / Suspilne
As noted Kateryna GoncharovaWMF specialist in crisis situations in the field of Ukrainian heritage, Teacher’s House “became an important landmark in the capital, symbolizing the concept of modern Ukrainian statehood“.
The building was used by the Ukrainian Central Rada as the first building of the parliament of the Ukrainian Republic in 1917. Then the Ukrainians, led by Mykhailo Hrushevskyi created a revolutionary parliament that led the national movement. The creation of the Ukrainian People’s Republic was proclaimed in the Teacher’s House and the IV Universal Declaration on the Independence of Ukraine was adopted on the night of January 24-25, 1918.
The Museum of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917–1921 and the Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine are located in the premises of the Kyiv city teacher’s building.
Due to mass shelling in October 2022, the shock wave destroyed the glass dome of the building.
|Consequences of mass rocket fire. Photo: Yelyzaveta Servatynska / Suspilne
In Turkey, the World Monuments Fund will provide assistance to two historical buildings in the city of Antakya: the Antiochian Greek Orthodox Church of St. Peter and the Antiochian Synagogue. After the earthquake in February 2023, according to the foundation’s architect in Turkey, Buse Ceren Gül, the sights were completely destroyed.
All the projects of the world heritage fund will be implemented in part thanks to the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation and the US Mission in Ukraine and Turkey. 15 million dollars are also planned to be allocated to overcome the climate crisis. In particular, the organization’s efforts will focus on restoring historic water collection systems in India, expanding access to reliable water in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, and rehabilitating traditional dams and reservoirs in the Andes of Peru.
Recovery after Russian shelling
The country is gradually recovering from the damage caused by Russia on October 10, 2022. In Kyiv, due to massive Russian rocket fire, a rocket fell on a children’s playground next to the building of the Khanenko museum. The blast wave then knocked out windows and streetlights.
|The consequences that the museum faced after the shelling on October 10, 2022. Photo: Khanenko Museum
In addition to the Khanenko Museum, cultural and educational facilities located in the center of Kyiv were also damaged that day:
- Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko (red building and building of the Institute of Philology);
- Scientific library named after Maksymovich;
- National Scientific and Natural Museum of the NAS of Ukraine;
- Institute of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- Institute of Archeography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
- National Philharmonic;
- The Pedagogical Museum of Ukraine and the Museum of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921.
During this time, most of the institutions were able to replace the damaged windows and resume work. For example, the Khanenko museum opened an exhibition “Gold, color, light”. It is dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the artist Vilhelm Kotarbinsky. This is the first project since the start of the full-scale invasion to show part of the museum’s collection.
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