Traditions, topical for modern times
Museum of Ancient Belarusian Culture, of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, hosts exhibition of Belarusian State Academy of Arts student works, from Costume and Textiles Department: Malyavanka: Traditions and Modern Times
By Andrey Fiodorov
Malyavanka is a traditional kind of Belarusian folk art, using glue paints on uncoated canvas or oilcloth. The best collections are held at Zaslavl’s Historical-Archaeological Cultural Preserve and at the Museum of Ancient Belarusian Culture. Of course, it’s no mere chance that the Museum of Ancient Belarusian Culture is hosting the exhibition.
Annually in summer, for a whole month, Belarusian State Academy of Arts students learn the history and technology of colouring and explore its creative possibilities. Each is required to copy from an original and to create their own original, for exhibition. There’s no doubt that this distinctive decorative genre offers huge possibilities to contemporary artists.