City through artist’s eyes
Over 30 works by Belarus State Award holder Victor Alshevsky on show as part of My Minsk: Symbols of Space and Time art project
The art project is devoted to our beautiful and unique city at the centre of Europe: Minsk. The Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery is hosting Mr. Alshevsky’s personal exhibition for the first time. Victor was a pupil of People’s Artist Mikhail Savitsky, although the show features pieces drawn by Mr. Alshevsky over the past five years: part of his My Minsk and Museums of the World collections.
The My Minsk: Symbols of Space and Time art project reveals the depth of the artist’s philosophical thoughts, and Minsk’s famous architectural landmarks, against the rich rhythms of life. Mr. Alshevsky depicts Minsk’s architectural ornamental reliefs, with their geometric forms and botanical heraldry: our unique cultural symbols.
Victor Alshevsky’s art project emphasises the uniqueness of national cultural symbols
Mr. Alshevsky particularly favours the majestic architecture of Nezavisimosti Avenue, the old city park and sports sites. Each building is special to Minsk’s history and has significance globally. Dinamo Stadium reminds us of Rome’s Coliseum, while the Trade Union Culture Palace resembles Athens’ Acropolis and GUM is like a classical Italian palace. The artist pays special attention to buildings designed by Iosif Langbard: these prominent architectural masterpieces each have their own inner life.
The project is not just artistic but innovative, uniting art and reality within a modern mythology, inspiring us to philosophise. Minsk’s familiar buildings are born anew, with streets, avenues and squares echoing global achievements.
Mr. Alshevsky comments, “We admire St. Petersburg and Moscow, Paris and London, Rome and Barcelona. However, on coming home, I enjoy the unique beauty of our capital. In painting my series devoted to our native city, I’m glorifying Minsk.” His works are kept at Belarus’ National Art Museum, at the Museum of Modern Fine Arts (Minsk), at the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), and at the Central Artists’ House (Moscow), as well as at artistic galleries in Germany, Norway, Poland, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, the UK, the USA, Turkey and in other states.
By Victoria Kovalevskaya