Nicholas Roerich Museum

Nicholas Roerich is known first and foremost as a Russian-born artist. His paintings, of which there are thousands around the world, explore the mythic origins, the natural beauty, and the spiritual strivings of humanity and of the world. The Museum displays approximately two hundred of these works, and keeps them permanently on display, for visitors who come from around the world. Indeed, for many of these visitors, the Museum is a destination of great importance; the paintings speak to them of their own inner yearnings and possible fulfillment. For them, Roerich’s paintings are a kind of teaching–about spiritual development, about culture and its role in human life, and about opportunities for the achievement of peace in a fractious world. The Museum also keeps in print a number of books by and about Roerich and his life and work, and a substantial stock of postcards and reproductions of his paintings. These too are seen by many as more than just prints; they are hung in homes with a degree of appreciation that is not often given to such things. In addition to these functions, the Museum also maintains an active schedule of cultural activities. It was Roerich’s fervent belief that the role of cultural development in the peace and evolution of the world is fundamental, and that it is therefore the responsibility of those who work in creative and cultural fields to strive always for that peace and evolution, and for those goals to be the chief impulses guiding their creative work. Information about these ideas is always available.
To assist these efforts in some small way, the Museum provides a place for young musicians to perform for audiences, all on a voluntary and free basis. Much of the audience is made up of those who ordinarily would not be able to afford attendance at concerts in major halls.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: illustration, paintings and printmaking

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