The renovation of the building that will host the Vitebsk Arts College History Museum is close to completion, BelTA learned from Andrei Dukhovnikov, director of the Vitebsk Center of Contemporary Art.
“The project is on schedule. The renovation is almost complete. There are only some installation works left. We estimate that the museum will open its doors this summer. I am glad that all works are done properly and without haste, because this museum will be here for centuries, and everybody understands this,” Andrei Dukhovnikov said. The historical building is located at 5a Marc Chagall Street. It is one of the few houses in the street that survived the Great Patriotic War. Recently, the building has been awarded the status of the national historical and cultural monument of the early 20th century. The renovation project by Vitebskgrazhdanproekt is based on the original 1923 layout, restored according to the historic photos. The interior, stairs, plasterwork, parquet, and the wallpaper look just like a century ago when Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky and other famous artists lived and created here. The building itself will be one of the main artefacts of the museum. The museum will run separate expositions to pay tribute to the famous artists and teachers of the college. The museum will occupy three floors and 11 rooms, the biggest of them will be placed on the 2nd floor where the unique climate control system will be installed.
“The system will enable the museum to host the masterpieces of the world art,” Andrei Dukhovnikov explained. There is no definite date for the opening of the museum. However, July 2017, when the 130th anniversary of Marc Chagall will be celebrated, would have been a perfect time for it.