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A contemporary artist from Belarus, near the border with Russia, shows a growing protest movement against the Belarusian government and the state in general. The artist, a defender of cultural rights in Belarus, is, in his own words, a subject: "I say that there is no such thing as freedom of expression, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. It also amounts to an act of resistance to the political, economic, social, cultural and political oppression of his country. He says that "there is nothing in the world that is like this, not even in Russia and not only in Ukraine.
When I visited the State Art Museum of Belarus in Minsk, I paid special attention to his sculptures. I arranged for him to continue collecting art, and I brought some of them to the museum with funds for exhibitions abroad.
The first exhibition was "Artists of the Paris School in Belarus," which was shown in Minsk, Homel, Vicebsk, Vilnius and Lithuania. In total, 12 major art exhibitions were held, which were visited by more than 200,000 people. Belarusian artists participated in art projects and symposia in Lithuania and Latvia, in Estonia, Narva 88.
Minsk's galleries of modern and independent art played an important role in the presentation of conceptual art. The exhibition featured works by artists from Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Russia and the United States.
The Y Gallery in Minsk, for example, offers exhibitions of modern and independent art from Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Russia and the United States, as well as current trends in contemporary art. Students and lecturers benefit from experiencing and honoring works by artists from all over the world and from their home countries.
Euronews took a tour of street art in Minsk and reflected on the mood of the time - in view of the protests in Belarus, a work entitled "Belarus 2020" was sold out. This edition, published by the Belarusian Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery of Belarus, is the first printed book on the history of street art in Belarus.
The project "Ten Centuries of Art in Belarus" will take place from 1 October to 31 December 2016 in Minsk, Vilnius and Riga, Belarus. The museum was renamed the National Museum of History and Culture of Belarus in 2011, one year after the declaration of independence. During its independence, it became one of the most important cultural institutions in the country and also the largest contemporary art museum in Europe. It contains the Master - bis - Master and Master - Contemporary, which was shown in 2016 and 2017 in the M Belarusian Museum and the Lithuanian National Gallery of Contemporary Art, as well as in the Museum of Modern Art and the Riga Museum.
The concept of Belgazprombank Corporate Collection has been considerably expanded, with the global goal of restoring the process of Belarusian culture and development. The realization of the project "Art in Belarus" was carried out in cooperation with Belgium, which confirmed the principles of state-business partnership. In addition to the participation of Belgium and Belarus in the project, it was also implemented by the Belgian Embassy in Minsk, the Belarusian Ministry of Culture and the National Museum of History and Culture, as well as the Belgian Ambassador to Belarus.
Through the prism of regular public dialogue, Belgazprombank considers the project "Art in Belarus," which also aims to develop a dialogue with the history of Belarusian culture and culture in the past centuries. There are books and performances that tell an honest story and stimulate conversation.
In the 20th and the first decades of the 21st century, art schools in Belarus have demonstrated their ability to develop their own artistic traditions while preserving the qualities of an entire artistic phenomenon. When we talk about the development of Belarusian art in the past centuries and its development in recent years, it is necessary to stress the importance of art education, especially in the context of the education of young people.
After the destruction after the war, when Minsk was in ruins, the Belarusian government provided considerable sums for the purchase of works of art for the gallery. In the international community at least, however, the country's independent artistic life seems to be located exclusively within its own borders with its Eastern European neighbours. Today, there is a kind of creative atmosphere, which prevails not only in Belarus, but also in many other countries of Eastern Europe. The ability to change the culture of neighbouring Eastern European countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United States has never been possible in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland or the Czech Republic.
Those who remain in Belarus very rarely take part in ambitious collective projects, which would include Belarusians living abroad. The question of what counts as "Belarusian art" is crucial given the current practice and procedure in the country, as well as the lack of access to the international community. Like many other Eastern European countries, Belarus resembles a virgin space, where properly institutionalized art forms, such as art galleries, art museums, and art schools, lack both state and current art practices and processes.