The Public Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich needs protection!

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The largest public museum in Russia, holder of the world's largest collection of paintings by Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich, collaborating with UN and UNESCO, is facing the threat of eviction and deprivation of the invaluable cultural heritage.

In 1990, the great Russian artist and public figure Svetoslav Roerich donated to Russia a priceless cultural legacy of his parents – hundreds of paintings, a unique archive, valuable rarities – for the foundation of the Nicholas Roerich Museum. S. Roerich personally chose the Lopoukhin estate from several buildings offered by the authorities in Moscow, to house the Museum. He set two necessary conditions: the Museum should have a public status and it should reside in the Lopoukhin estate. The government accepted these conditions. The corresponding guarantees have been documented.

S. Roerich created a public organization – the International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR), with the Public Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich at its heart, whereupon he bequeathed his part of his parents’ heritage to the ICR.

Museum staff have carried out complex restoration works of the Lopoukhin estate that have received high international praise – without the help of the state, at the expense of patrons and public donations. A unique, world-class Public Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich was founded.

In recent years, some officials of the Ministry of Culture have intensified their destructive actions against the ICR. They have been trying to withdraw its part of the Roerich heritage and to evict the organization from the Lopoukhin estate which can result in the destruction of this Museum and commit an irreparable blow to national and world culture.

This website is created by friends of the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich in Moscow and is a public initiative. We invite you to join the protection of the ICR and the Public Museum. Through joint efforts we will defend the will of Svetoslav Roerich and save the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich for the Russian and world culture.

Appeal of the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich to the people of Russia and compatriots abroad

Visit the website of the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich: www.icr.su

International recognition of the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich

The visit of the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova to the Museum

On May 10, 2015 the UNESCO Director-General Mrs. Irina Bokova, during her stay in Moscow at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, paid a visit to the public Museum named after Nicholas Roerich at the International Centre of the Roerichs.
After getting acquainted with the exposition of the Museum, the UNESCO Director General noted down the following in the guest book: “I have visited the Roerich Museum with great excitement. The Roerich Pact, signed back in 1935, became the basis of the International Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict, which UNESCO appreciates. This wisdom and humanism of Nicholas Roerich continues to inspire us!”.

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Irina Bokova and Lyudmila Shaposhnikova

Message of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon for the opening of the exhibition “The Roerich Pact. History and Modernity” held by the International Center of the Roerich (Moscow) at the UN headquarters in New York, April 2015:

“I wish to thank the International Centre of the Roerichs for organizing this inspiring display. I appeal to governments and people everywhere to come together to safeguard our common heritage and humanity.”

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The exhibition "The Roerich Pact: Past and Present"

14 countries and over 100 cities of Russia supported the exhibition project “The Roerich Pact. Past and Present” held by the International Center of the Roerich. On April 15, 2015, at the 80th anniversary of the Roerich Pact, the exhibition opened at the General Assembly in the UN headquarters in New York. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova highly appreciated the exhibition.

More about the exhibition

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Photo: The General Director of the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich L. Shaposhnikova at the opening ceremony at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, April 2, 2012

Ludmila Shaposhnikova was awarded the Europa Nostra Prize

In 2010, Ludmila Shaposhnikova, the Director General of the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich, was awarded the title of laureate of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage «European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2010″ in the nomination “The selfless work.” This prize is awarded for outstanding achievements in the conservation of the rich architectural, natural, archaeological and artistic heritage of Europe.

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The public in defense of the Museum by name of Nicholas Roerich

Dimitry Likhachev in defense of the Museum

“Dear Boris Nikolayevich! I appeal to you again with the request to protect the International Center of the Roerichs (non-governmental organization at the United Nations) from regular attacks on the “Lopoukhin estate” (Maly Znamensky lane, 3 / 5) leased to it for a long term by order of the Moscow Government № 812 from 03.10.1995. Moreover, it is advisable to confirm that decision at the federal level, so that henceforth the departmental offices of different levels would not be tempted to establish a State Nicholas Roerich Museum as branch of the Museum of Oriental Art, through the destruction of a good public Nicholas Roerich Museum” (From a letter to the President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, 17.07.1997).

Letters and articles of D.Likhachev in defense of the Museum

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More than 128 thousand voices in support of the Museum

More than 55 thousand people have already signed the petition “Accomplish the will of Svetoslav Roerich – Save the Nicholas Roerich Museum in Moscow!” on the website Change.org. Add your voice

Previous petition on Change.org in support of the Museum gathered more than 128 thousand signatures. Read more

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New Posts

The Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation plans to demolish the buddhist stupa in the Roerich museum

Video by "The Call of Culture" studio about plans of the Ministry of Culture concerning destruction of the Buddhist stupa, placed on the territory of the Museum named after N.K. Roerich.

Anti-cultural activity of the Ministry of Culture’s leadership is a shame for Russia

Vice-President of the International Centre of the Roerichs A.V.Stetsenko, March 31, 2016

The International Centre of the Roerichs (ICR) is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

«Postimees», Estonia, February 16, 2016

Address of the International Centre of the Roerichs

February 15, 2016

Petition to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation D.A. Medvedev: Accomplish the will of Svetoslav Roerich – save the Nicholas Roerich Museum in Moscow!

The largest public museum in Russia, holder of the world’s largest collection of paintings by Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich, cooperating with the UN and UNESCO, is facing the threat of eviction and deprivation of the priceless cultural heritage. Sign the petition on Change.org

Statement of the International Centre of the Roerichs On transfer of buildings №№ 4, 5 and 7 of the Lopoukhins’ Estate by the Government of Moscow into the ownership of the Russian Federation

On October 20, 2015 the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin signed the order of the Government of Moscow № 614 - RP “On the transfer of buildings owned by city of Moscow to the Russian Federation”...

Open letter of a special conference of the non-governmental organization The International Centre of the Roerichs (17.10.2015, Moscow)

to the President of the Russian Federation, to the Government of the Russian Federation, to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, to the Russian and international community

Supplement to the testamentary disposition of Svetoslav Roerich

"Archive and legacy of Roerich for the Soviet Roerich Foundation in Moscow" (October 22, 1992)

A letter from Svetoslav Roerich to President Boris Yeltsin

April 20, 1992

Archives and Heritage of Roerich for the Soviet Roerichs Foundation at Moscow

March 19, 1990

Svetoslav Roerich: “We Cannot Linger!”

"Sovetskaya Kultura (Soviet Culture)" Newspaper, July 29th, 1989

The USSR Council of Ministers. Resolution No. 950. On the Soviet Roerich Foundation and the Centre-Museum by name of N.K. Roerich

November 4, 1989 Moscow, Kremlin

The UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova visited the Non-Governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich of the International Centre of the Roerichs

On May 10, 2015 the UNESCO Director-General Mrs. Irina Bokova, during her stay in Moscow at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, paid a visit to the public Museum named after Nicholas Roerich at the International Centre of the Roerichs.

The UN Will Host the Exhibition Dedicated to the 80th Anniversart of Signing of the Roerich Pact

On April 15, 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York the exhibition organized by the International Centre of the Roerichs dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the signing of the treaty “On the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments” known in history as “The Roerich Pact” will be inaugurated.

No Time to Delay! Address of the Non-Governmental Museum Named After Nicholas Roerich to the People of Russia and Compatriots Abroad!

Dear friends, compatriots, philanthropists and art-patrons, representatives of big business! You can help to preserve the Non-Governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich and the Roerichs’ heritage for Russia!

Appeal of the International non-governmental organization “The International Centre of the Roerichs”

To all who care for the Roerichs heritage, its preservation for the future generations, and for the non-governmental Museum named after Nicholas Roerich and its further work. December 12, 2013.

Statement by “The International Center of the Roerichs”

November 28, 2013

Svetoslav Roerich about the public status of the Centre-Museum:

“As I have already said, subordination to the Ministry of Culture, and especially to the Museum of Oriental Art, in my opinion, would lead to an unjustified and deliberate narrowing of the Centre’s challenges and potential. To my mind, the Centre should have a considerable autonomy, flexibility, and the ability to bypass bureaucratic barriers, using new, innovative approaches, and gaining direct access to the international community. <…> The essence of the idea of Centre-Museum creation lies in the fact that it may function optimally in the status of a public organization”

Svetoslav Roerich: “We Cannot Linger!”