The Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum will re-create the offices used by the Hermitage Museum during World War II as part of a project scheduled to be completed by 2016.
During World War II, known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia, more than 2 million works of art from the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg were secretly dispatched to the Sverdlovsk region to be kept safe. During the five years that the artwork remained in the city, historians, art experts and archaeologists from the museum also did work in the Urals.
The re-created offices will be housed in the fine art museum halls where the evacuated artwork was originally kept. Artists will replicate the facilities using photographs and drawings.
As part of the project, additional space will be provided for use as museum depositories.
Yekaterinburg’s city council and local authorities want the re-created office space, to be known as the Hermitage-Urals, to serve as an educational and cultural center for the community.
The project will be completed in time for the 80th anniversary of the Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum.