Patrons to help recreate atmosphere of Parisian salons

Belagazprombank joins Culture Ministry, Belarusian Union of Artists and Palace of Arts Republican Art Gallery in preparing Autumn Salon project, to recreate atmosphere of Parisian salons in Minsk

Belagazprombank joins Culture Ministry, Belarusian Union of Artists and Palace of Arts Republican Art Gallery in preparing Autumn Salon project, to recreate atmosphere of Parisian salons in Minsk


Ossip Lubitch. Urban Landscape etching

Belgazprombank JSC and Belarus’ Culture Ministry has signed an agreement of interaction and co-operation regarding the project, explains Culture Minister Boris Svetlov. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the move, he underlined, “Jointly with the bank, we’re realising an important project: buying famous art works (part of world culture) so that Belarusians may see them.”

The agreement officially fixes co-operative ties between the Culture Ministry and its subordinate bodies, with Belgazprombank JSC, for a period of five years; it will be automatically extended for the same period if no discord arises.

The Culture Ministry has already achieved several truly landmark projects with Belgazprombank: the TEART Forum of Theatrical Art, which has international status; the Ten Centuries of Belarusian Art exhibition (the largest such in the Belarusian nation’s cultural legacy, with 500+ exhibits); and the Art-Belarus historical-cultural project (organising major shows in Belarus and beyond).

Mr. Svetlov notes, “It’s necessary to ensure that ties between the state and businessmen develop more strongly. Culture is a diverse field and contributions to its development are always a blessing.”

The Chairman of the Board of Belgazprombank JSC, Victor Babariko, comments that current projects are vital to Belarusian culture. He hopes to see them used as an instrument to help artistic talent develop within Belarus.

The Marc Chagall: Colour of Love film was screened as part of the opening ceremony: one of nine screenplays by Oleg Lukashevich (within the Belarus-Born Artists of the School of Paris series). He admits that the film is unique in narrating the biography of Chagall’s artistry, with new details included, and past errors corrected. The authors state that their series is one-of-a-kind in revealing material from the archives of relatives: all inaccessible until recently.

By Vladimir Velikhov
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