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Ukraine asks Spain for help in publishing children’s books and restoring the museum with Primachenko’s works

At a bilateral meeting of the ministers of culture of Ukraine and Spain, held last Tuesday via video link, Oleksandr Tkachenko, head of the cultural portfolio of the country invaded by Russia, asked Mikel Iseta to support Ukrainian artists, the country’s cultural institutions and the affected immovable cultural heritage. In particular, Tkachenko requested the participation of Spain in the reconstruction of the Ivankovsky Museum of Local History, as indicated in his Telegram channel.

This art gallery, 30 kilometers from Kyiv, which preserved part of the work of the artist Maria Primachenko (1909-1997), a representative of naive painting, was attacked by Russians in the first days of the invasion. Tkachenko called the meeting “fruitful” and invited the Spanish minister to join the restoration of this museum or other destroyed cultural monuments, and also asked Spain to join the large-scale reconstruction project in Ukrainian territories where it is safe.

The Culture Ministry, which claims to be “fully committed to providing support,” indicates that after the meeting, “no concrete action has yet been determined” and that they are waiting for a list with more details on all those affected. monuments and buildings and the need for restoration of each of them.

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The Minister of Culture of Ukraine also asked his Spanish counterpart to support independent publishers, writers and artists in Ukraine through the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the Ukrainian Book Institute, cooperating in the publication of Ukrainian books, especially for children.

Regarding this line of assistance, the ministry clarifies that its commitment is “total” and that it is awaiting all the details, “examining possible measures to be implemented” with which to support from Spain the lack of editorial activity in Ukraine. and the lack of books, especially for children, in Ukrainian, “always in line with what the Ukrainian authorities consider to be a priority in each of the areas.”

While they receive the requested documentation, the Spanish Ministry of Culture conducts an “assessment” of participation “either through funding, technical capability, or a combination of both.”

For its part, the office of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in Spain is looking for funds to transport materials intended for Ukrainian museums, as ICOM France has already done.


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