‘Twice Rescued’ Exhibition Opened in Chennai

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Russian House in Chennai opened “Twice Rescued”, a photo exhibition featuring photographs of artefacts from the Renaissance collection that have been restored by the Pushkin State Museum’s Restoration Department. Oleg Avdeev, Consul General of the Russian Federation, attended the opening.

Priceless artefacts were rescued from a bunker during the fight for liberation of Berlin. The bunker located in the suburbs housed thousands of paintings, sculptures and artefacts – many of which were damaged or lost to fires. However Soviet soldiers rescued sculptures, decorative pieces of art and other artefacts from the debris and transported them to Russia.

Since 2002, over 1,850 ancient objects have been assembled and restored. The results of this work have been displayed at five exhibitions: "Archaeology of War. Return from the Oblivion" (2005), "The Art of Ancient Cyprus in the Collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts" (2014), "Voices of Andre Malraux's Imaginary Museum" (2016), "Dangerous Perfection" at the Paul Getty Museum in Malibu (2016) and at the South Tyrol Museum (2019).