Former president of France visited Odesa
Nicolas Sarkozy, the 23d president of the French Republic, visited Odesa on September 5. The official reason for the visit is the 7th Black Sea Summit, organized by the Assembly of European Regions and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. However, the former president of France took an opportunity to enjoy local art.
Nicolas Sarkozy visited the Odesa Museum of Western and Oriental Art and, according to the staff, enjoyed the exposition. He was particularly interested in the Dutch collection of the museum, which astonished the politician.
Restoring Caravaggio painting from the Odesa Museum
To talk about art, the Ukrainian National Research and Restoration Center will soon start working on the painting by the legendary Italian painter Caravaggio. The Taking of Christ (1602) has an unfortunate luck — the painting was stolen from the museum ten years ago and found two years later in Berlin. While the authorities are taking the matter to the court, Odesa Museum of Western and Oriental Art waits for the returning of the painting.
Initially, it was planned to invite European restoration specialists to work on the Caravaggio’s masterpiece, but the National Research and Restoration Center insists on keeping the work to their employees with high qualification and extensive experience.
New Museum of Electric Transport
The exposition includes retro exhibits: a snow-mobile-tram, sprinkler-trolleybus, tram platform dated beginning of the 20th century and even the restored 1950s tram car. The latter retro tram is working even now despite the respectful age. The museum will work on weekends, as during the workdays the room is filled with the noise of the neighboring workshop, where workers assemble and repair trams.
Cat statue returns
On July 5, local artist Tatiana Shtykalo and her team installed a statue of a ‘gamer’ cat called Pushynka (“Fluffy”) that plays with a tablet on one of the benches in the Mayakovsky lane. The statue was made of plastic but looked just like metal — maybe that was the reason why it was stolen not more than a month later by unknown vandals.
Luckily for locals and tourists who seek unusual city landmarks, this September the cat returned to its usual location. The statue is now planted more safely to prevent potential theft. One more local, a red cat from the neighboring café, inspected the site as well.
Home Me Fest: help homeless animals
Preserving sculptures isn’t the only way to help animals. This September, Odesa activists host the Home Me Fest, aimed at finding a new home for dogs and cats from the local shelters. According to the Home Me Facebook page, all animals have already been vaccinated. The cats and dogs who won’t be present at the festival will be represented in photographs so that no one is left out. In case you plan to adopt any animals, make sure you take a passport with you. The festive program will also include entertainment for kids.
Home Me Fest will take place on September 16, starting from 10 A.M., in the Vash Sad gardening center located on 85/7, Frantsuz'ky Boulevard.
Sure enough, the month has only just begun. We expect more exciting news from the city near the Black Sea.
Source: dumskaya.net, Home Me Facebook page.
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