The Galina Ulanova museum, located in Ulanova’s old apartment in the heart of Moscow, was flooded by its neighbours on the 6th of January 2017. The damage from the flood is extensive, but it is Ulanova’s library that has suffered the worst of it.
Local conservator-restorers have been working hard to repair the damage to the most valuable books, which bear autographs from Ulanova’s friends and fans, but some of the volumes are damaged beyond repair.
A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (the organisation that managed the Galina Ulanova museum) has published a list of books which have been lost. They are asking the public to donate their own volumes and restore Galina Ulanova’s library to its former glory.
In the museum, opened for visitors in 2004 and located in high-rise building on Kotelnicheskaya embankment, there are works of fine and decorative arts, among which there are works by Alexandr Benua, Mark Shagal, Arthur Fonvisin and others. The library numbers about 2400 books, many of them are with inscriptions. Till nowadays the apartment looks the same as in life of the great Russian ballet dancer. The museum exposition, consisted of photos, posters, letters, memorial things, tells about Galina Ulanova’s life and oeuvre – from her first performances on stage till the latest years of her life.
Note: the flood took place this time last year, but ABSCTM have today requested help from the public to replace the volumes which they have been unable to restore.