MOSCOW, August 25 – RIA Novosti. The inclusion of all the Roerich heritage of the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation is a necessary step to exit from the crisis situation as a result of many years of dispute over the collection, believe in the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Earlier, on the site of the International Center of the Roerichs (ICR) published an appeal to the Roerich organizations, stating that the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation “requires the State to transfer all of the legacy of Roerich, ICR obtained by SN Roerich,” what ICR strongly disagree. Media reported that the Deputy Minister of Culture Vladimir Aristarkhov asked the Khamovniki district prosecutor’s office in Moscow to check the legality of ownership ICR cultural values of the family heritage.
“It is obvious reason for this statement was the letter to the Ministry of Culture to the ICR with a proposal to include in the the Museum Fund of the Russian cultural treasures stored in the ICR, including received from George Roerich’s apartment in Moscow, but has not yet been included in the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation “, – told RIA Novosti, the press service of the Ministry.
The Ministry of Culture is believed that the inclusion of the entire heritage of the Roerich Museum Fund – “this is the first but necessary step out of the current crisis for the community and the Roerich ICR, in particular the situation.” Now heritage is divided into two parts: one is located at the State Museum of Oriental Art, the second – in ICR.
“For more than twenty years lasting dispute about the heritage of the Roerich family, initiated by the ICR, which considers itself the legal successor of the Soviet Roerich Foundation, which Svetoslav Roerich bequeathed artistic heritage of his family. It should be noted that the Soviet Roerich Foundation ceased operations and was excluded from the register as non-legal person “, – explained in the ministry, pointing out that” the Moscow City Court found that none of these grounds ICR is not legal owner of Svetoslav Roerich Heritage “.
Roerich – the famous dynasty of Russian artists, thinkers and scientists. Its founder Nicholas Roerich created about 7000 paintings, many of which are well-known galleries in the world, and wrote about 30 literary works. His wife Helena Roerich became widely known as the founder of the philosophical system of “Living Ethics”. Their son George is known as an outstanding researcher of Central Asia, the author of a multivolume Tibetan-English-Russian-Sanskrit dictionary; another son – Sviatoslav – an outstanding artist and social activist in India.