Sculptors present creativity

Around 100 artistes take part in Contemporary Belarusian Sculpture: 21st Century album

By Veronika Gromova

“Work on the album has taken 18 months, comprising the creativity of sculptors and other young artists, each of whom has made their own contribution to the edition and its concept. Moreover, the sculptors have presented photos of their creations,” notes Yekaterina Aksenova, the co-author and compiler of the photo album. She is also the Deputy Director of the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopaedia Publishing House.

According to the Chairman of the Belarusian Artists’ Union’s Sculpture Section, Sergey Logvin, the edition contains works by almost every Belarusian sculptor. “The photo album gives us an idea of sculpture from the past two decades. Readers will be able to discover the artists behind any sculptural work they look up, each in the designated genre,” he adds.

A thousand copies of the Contemporary Belarusian Sculpture: 21st Century album have been released: in Belarusian, Russia and English. This should expand its readership. The book has 358 pages showing monumental, easel, memorial and public garden sculptures: a diverse wealth of contemporary Belarusian art which shows great expressiveness. The edition also contains bibliographic data on each sculptor, including their personal websites and email contacts.

According to the Director of the Museum of Modern Fine Arts of Belarus, Natalia Sharangovich, who wrote the preface for the book, our Belarusian sculptors are preserving their traditions of realism and expressiveness — as developed by their predecessors. “However, over the past decade, abstract sculptors have also begun to make their name, deviating from traditional styles. Their innovation is their way of expressing their views on 20th century conflict,” she notes.

The Contemporary Belarusian Sculpture: 21st Century album is the second edition in the Contemporary Belarusian Art series by the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopaedia Publishing House. Two years ago, the first volume was launched, proving popular; it is soon to be reprinted. The series will be continued later this year with Contemporary Belarusian Decorative-and-Applied Art: 21st Century and Contemporary Belarusian Graphics: 21st Century.

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