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21 Jun 2022

Humanitarian project “Return of Heritage” of the Pavel Maslenikov Mogilev Regional Art Museum

Humanitarian project “Return of Heritage” of the Pavel Maslenikov Mogilev Regional Art Museum

Project name: Return of Heritage.

The project seeks to restore a specimen of monumental art of the mid-18th century - wall paintings on the stairwell of the church of the Carmelite Monastery.

Applicant: Pavel Maslenikov Mogilev Regional Art Museum

Address:  33 Mironova Street, Mogilev, 212030, Republic of Belarus
Phone: +375 222 766121

The Pavel Maslenikov Mogilev Regional Art Museum is a state-run art museum. It runs various cultural and educational programs and acts as a methodological and coordinating center. It collects, studies and preserves works of art from Belarus and other countries, arranges exhibitions, offers excursions, runs cultural and educational programs, holds seminars and conferences.

The total number of core exhibits exceeds 6,000 items, the auxiliary collection holds about 2,000 items. Around 50,000 people visit the museum every year, more than 60% of them are students.

The museum is a methodological and coordinating center for art museums of Mogilev Oblast. It provides methodological and practical support to museums, galleries, exhibition halls, as well as the Union of Artists and other creative associations.

Museum director: Yelena Bobrova,
Phone: +375 222 78 21 24
Project Manager: Nikolai Gaida, Deputy Director
Phone: +375 222 62 20 15

Assistance received from other foreign sources: foreign gratuitous aid - paintings for museum collections and expositions.

  • Total financing (in USD): 141,290
  • Co-funding: Not available

Project period: 2 years

Project objective:

To restore unique specimens of monumental art of the 18th century - frescoes of the Belynichi monastery.

The restoration of these historical artifacts will allow preserving them for future generations and increasing interest in the country’s history and local lore.

Project tasks: Restoration and installation of the 18th century frescoes, creation of a permanent exhibition of fresco painting “Return of Heritage”, including the purchase of multimedia equipment, a screen and VR glasses (virtual reality glasses).

Brief description:

- examination of frescoes by restorers;
- restoration works;
- installation of frescoes in the museum;
- creation of a permanent exhibition of fresco paintings, including the purchase of multimedia equipment, a screen and VR glasses (virtual reality glasses);
- promotion of the preserved heritage through museum classes, conferences, excursions, publications, lectures.

Project substantiation:

In 1622-1624, Prince Lew Sapieha, the Great Hetman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, granted villages in his patrimonial estate of Belynichi to the Carmelites, as well as four land plots in Belynichi. Thus the history of the Carmelite Monastery began. The Belynichi monastery became known for the ancient, revered miraculous icon of the Belynichi Mother of God. This icon attracted thousands of pilgrims to the Carmelite Monastery, both Catholic and Orthodox believers. The monastery prospered also due to the patronage of two powerful families that owned Belynichi, namely the Sapieha and the Oginski clans.

In 1978 the monastery buildings were blown up. Only one stairwell survived. When it was cleared from plaster, restorers saw frescoes depicting biblical and gospel scenes, namely The Transfiguration, The Dream of Jacob, Carrying the Cross, Instruments of the Passion of Christ and Symbols of the Arts, as well as fragments of wall paintings. A group of artists-restorers removed the frescoes, collected them and transferred to the museum.

It is important to restore the Belynichi monastery frescoes, as today it is the only specimen of the Mogilev school of monumental painting. It helps better understand the history of Belarusian art as a whole.

The museum has already started to restore the frescoes. In collaboration with Minskrestavratsiya, which has extensive experience in the restoration of works of art and historical and cultural objects, the museum restored elements of the fresco The Transfiguration. This piece of the wall painting (dating from 1761) became the core of the exhibition ‘Preserved Heritage’.

In September 2020, the fresco Carrying the Cross was restored to become the centerpiece of the Spirituality exhibition hall opened after the renovation of the art museum in Belynichi.

Post-project activities:

To run research and educational projects, to promote national culture and art through expositions and exhibitions, to arrange various museum events, to host events of various art associations, to reach out to the younger generation and schoolchildren; to find, buy, study and display cultural objects in order to raise awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the country.

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