Labyrinth where it’s difficult to get lost
“The idea of creating the gallery was conceived a mere six months ago, so we had to work quickly in order to finish everything on time,” noted the Gallery’s Director, Larisa Bortnik, at the opening.
The first exhibition of the gallery displays around 300 pieces by 19 painters and graphical artists, including those bearing the title of People’s Artiste of Belarus. These include the well-known Mikhail Savitsky, Leonid Shchemelev, Vitold Byalynitsky-Birulya, Gavriil Vashchenko and others.
Speaking about future projects, the Gallery’s Director noted that pictures by world famous painters will be brought to Minsk. From October 1st and until the end of the year, the Great Classics of the 20th Century project will be shown, the exhibition includes over 200 works by three masters — Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. The project has already toured many Russian cities and now Belarusians will be able to admire works by these outstanding painters.
“For 2016, equally prominent masters are awaiting us: Picasso, Kandinsky and Miro. We also maintain contacts with foreign galleries in order to search for interesting exhibitions and to represent them at our gallery,” adds Ms. Bortnik.
The creators of the gallery have shied away from the traditional idea of a big exhibition hall and made it in the form of a small labyrinth where each room smoothly flows into another. One can see paintings at the House of Culture Gallery while also watching documentaries and films about Belarusian and world painters in a specially equipped cinema hall, seating several dozen people. It will also host master classes, lectures and seminars dedicated to art.
By Veniamin Mikheev