National Museum "Kyiv Art Gallery"
It is a museum in the center of Kyiv with a hundred-year history. The basis of the fund is the Tereshchenko family’s collection of paintings, and the museum is located in the former house of Kyiv industrialist and philanthropist Fedir Tereshchenko. Today, its collection is one of the richest among art museums in Ukraine and includes 14,000 works. The most famous are portraits by Volodymyr Borovykovsky and Dmytro Levytsky, landscapes by Ivan Aivazovsky, Ilya Repin, Arkhip Kuindzhi, and works by contemporary Ukrainian artists.
On October 10, 2022, a missile attack in the Shevchenko Park area almost completely smashed the windows in the museum, damaging and destroying parts of the window frames, balcony doors, and glass elements of the roof construction.
In the first stage, the museum engaged philanthropists and sponsors to repair window openings and protect the roof and glass ceilings from leaks. These temporary measures were not expected to last for long, but they allowed the museum to survive for almost a year without additional losses.
The museum began receiving visitors two weeks after the missile strike and now operates as a location for exhibition projects without restoring the permanent exhibition. None of the exhibits in the primary collection were damaged, and the historic interiors under state protection were also preserved.
The first part of the repair and restoration work is being carried out at the expense of the Kyiv city budget. Expert studies have also shown critical damage to the roofing elements with partial destruction of the supporting constructions and a shift in the axis of the pitches. The request for roof repair submitted to the city authorities will be considered in February-March 2024. Given the urgency of the needs, the search for alternative funding sources in the amount of 8-8.5 million UAH, confirmed by the state’s expertise, is also ongoing.