The Mogilev Regional Arts Maslenikov Museum opened the permanent exposition “Secrets of the Cross”. The exposition is dedicated to the lost relic –The Cross of Saint Euphrosyne.
The generalized image of the Christian relict looks like its holographic copy. It was reconstructed by Nikolai Kuzmich. The image returned to the place where the original copy made by Lazar Bohsha in 1161was kept from 1929 till the Great Patriotic War.
According to the director of the museum Alexander Hohryakov, Mogilev region has been waiting for the event for a long time. Even now we do not know why the unique collection from the antique fond of the USSR including the cross was kept in Mogilev. One of the versions says that it was the only way for the collection not to be transported abroad. Unfortunately, the collection disappeared in 1941. Alexander Hohryakov says that there is still a hope that the original relic will return to Belarus.
The museum has the original armoured room where the cross was kept. The famous Minsk’s painter Valery Leonin has turned the room into the space with the three-dimensional cross in its centre. The room is decorated with black marble tiles. It has got modern illumination. The holographic image of the cross is behind specially polished glass. The stands neighbouring the room introduce the information about the cross, photos and documents.
Valery Malashko, the deputy head of Mogilev Regional Executive Committee, says that the exposition is one more possibility to attract the public’s attention to make the search for the lost national values more active. According to Valery Malashko, the region is doing a lot of work to return a number of museum exhibits. Last year the combined efforts of local authorities, businessmen and the public returned the original of the Statute of the Great Duchy of Lithuania to Belarus. The region will continue the work in this direction. Mogilev is a culture capital of Belarus and the CIS. It imposes a high responsibility.
The second stage of the project of returning the lost relics is to create a holographic exposition “The Saved Treasures” on the second floor of the museum. December, 22 1944 a special commission drew up a report about the damage done to the Mogilev State Historical Museum during the Great Patriotic War. The museum lost a great number of valuable exhibits including the collection of Belarusian handwritten books and letters, the arms dated by the X-XIV centuries, coins and icons of the XVII-ХIX centuries, the mace of Sigismund III, the mitre of Georgy Konisski, the shroud of Christ dated by 1566. This June the generalized images of some values will find a new life.