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Icons and Expositional Activities of the Museum

The Metropolitan’s beliefs in the exceptional value of icons also influenced the museum's expositional activities. Once, in 1939, Sheptytsky resolutely urged I. Sventsitsky, the director of the museum, not to present works of contemporary artists on the new museum premises. In the letter to I. Sventsitsky from July 10, 1939, the Metropolitan wrote: "Reserving big halls of the new building for modern art seems like a wrong move to me. There is almost no modern art, and what we have is useless, and so a few useless works are not worth having several halls needed for Byzantine art. "