Who was enchanted by the night fairy?

Some visitors of the National Art museum of Belarus looked like the heroes of popular operettas and favorite cartoons. Grown-ups and children strayed in the halls in fancy dresses and masks
The solution of this reincarnation is simple: here the action “Night of museums” is traditionally held. This time its zest is the carnival. Museum workers have announced beforehand that for all the guests in masks the entrance will be free.

— I with my friend learned it in Internet, — explained the seller of the trade centre “Atlant” Maria Alova. — We made masks of leather and cohort materials, bought peacock’s feathers at the market, and decided to play the role of characters invented by us. We chose the Art museum because we both like painting, we have not been here for a long time and we would like to see new expositions at an easy pace.

Besides, many people acted this way. They slowly strayed in the halls, viewed the pictures, sculpture and graphics attentively. In the lobby of the main museum’s building played a jazz group, and in the so-called Italian patio improvised DJs. Here the exhibition of masks opened, the authors of which became the pupils of a capital school of martial arts “Taypin”.

— We host “Night of museums” for the third time, — stressed in the talk with our correspondent the administrator of sector of multimedia technologies Polina Yanitskaya. — In 2005 we carried out a body-art festival, which visited nearly fourteen thousand people. Last year the main stress of a night action was made on posters’ exhibition of a famous artist Vladimir Tsesler. The exposition has lasted for just one evening, all his works the author then presented to our museum. It turned out to be that there were many visitors. Many of them came for the tickets before the start of the program.

Therefore, it happened this time. The queue in the booking office of the National Art museum was even in the street. Taking the opportunity, “МТ” correspondent carried out improvised quiz of ten people. It turned out to be that they all came here for the first time. The majority of them came to know about this project from their friends. Overall, all the interlocutors turned out to be the students of Minsk higher educational establishments.
Besides, an analogous picture could have been seen in other regions of the city. There were long queues for the tickets to the Belarusian state museum of history of the Great Patriotic war, to the National museum of history and culture of Belarus. Many Minsk citizens and guests of the capital have not been sleeping this night indeed — they spent it in museum halls.

Olga Korney
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