Travelling with Vasil Bykov
Exhibition dedicated to Vasil Bykov, Long Way Home, opens at Foreign Ministry, honouring Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Great Patriotic War
At exhibition opening
Symbolically, writer Vasil Bykov, who was a war veteran, died 13 years ago, on June 22nd: the anniversary of the day that the war began. The current exhibition celebrates his Long Way Home, including photographs of his native village, and a virtual tour of his country-house museum.
Various people’s photographs are on show, including those of the younger son of the writer, Vasily, who is an art historian. In addition, there are photos by the Deputy Director of Vitebsk’s Regional Museum of Local History, Valery Shishanov, by a Counsellor at the Belarusian Embassy to Germany, Alexei Zhbanov, and by Andrei Kukharchik, the First Secretary at the Belarusian Embassy to the Czech Republic.
Dmitry Mironchik, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, tells us that among the exhibits are documents, manuscripts, book covers, and Bykov’s drawings, held by the State Museum of Belarusian Literary History, and from the personal archive of the writer.
By Lyudmila Ivanova