Recent cultural achievements of Belarusians

Recent cultural achievements of Belarusians

Recently, Belarusians have been honored a lot for their cultural achievements. It starts with Svetlana Alexievich, who has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature. But there were other cultural achievements of Belarusians so don't miss them!

The UNESCO Victor Hugo medals have been presented to Belarusian cultural figures for the first time. This prestigious award was given to the People's Artists of the USSR and the Republic of Belarus Tamara Nizhnikova, the legendary soloist of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus , Gennady Ovsyannikov, the famous actor of the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater, and Rostislav Yankovsky, the maitre of the Maxim Gorky National Academic Drama Theater.

Another good piece of news comes from the Grand Palais in Paris, where the annual art exhibition Art en Capital took place. This one of the most prestigious art exhibitions in the world brought together over 2,000 masters from more than 40 countries. Belarusian artist Valentina Shoba and sculptor Sergei Portenkov have been awarded the Taylor Prize.

Sergei Portenkov, from Gomel, amazed Frenchmen by his sculpture of the metal Uroboros. This is a mythological serpent, which eats its own tail and symbolizes eternity.

Artist Valentina Shoba from Grodno struck the public by her painting on the subject of war and peace, which is very topical in Paris today. This paining is appraised at €15,000.

Each canvas is a perfect background for a selfie. There was not such notion in Van Gogh’s lifetime, though we know how the artist looked, thanks to his self-portraits.

Vincent Van Gogh's paintings have been revived to mark the 125th anniversary of his death. As many as 400 of his artworks have been presented at the multimedia 3D exhibition world-wide, including Belarus.

It is said that geniuses are born once in a century. Today, Marc Chagall’s artworks are exhibited at the most famous museums in the world, including the Tretyakov Gallery and the Louvre. Moreover, there is even the Marc Chagall National Museum in Nice. Last week, the museum's curators visited the master’s motherland, Vitebsk. They were at the Marc Chagall House Museum, studied his artworks and promised to bring Marc Chagall’s original paintings from Nice to exhibit in Belarus to mark the 130th anniversary of the avant-gardist’s birthday.

Boris Zaborov is called the Chagall of modern times. The Belarusian artist’s exhibitions take place all over the world and his paintings are appraised at thousands of dollars.

Pavel Latushko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to France:
Nowadays, there are many artists who bring fame to Belarus and Belarusian culture in the world. We should respect and honor them. The fund of Belarusian culture and art is created in this way. It popularizes Belarus world-wide, creates new opportunities and develops relations in economy, education and other spheres.

The opening of Roman Zaslonov’s personal exhibition in Minsk was a sell-out. His artworks are exhibited at the best art galleries of the USA, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and France.

Zaslonov is a well-known Belarusian and French artist. He works both in his motherland and Paris. He touches upon different subjects in his works, but the main character is a woman. All his paintings are devoted to a woman, who both resembles and differs from a contemporary one.

Not everybody knows that Roman Zaslonov’s grandfather is Hero of the Soviet Union Konstantin Zaslonov. According to his grandson, he painted quite well.

Are geniuses born once in a century? This is an evident exaggeration. There are geniuses in every generation and Belarusians can be always found among them!