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Vladimir Prokoptsov: Belarusian art is at very high level

What distinguishes the Belarusian artists from others? Vladimir Prokoptsov, director of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, discussed this in the CTV's program "Big Breakfast".

Vladimir Prokoptsov, director of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus:
Today Belarusian art, including visual, is at a very high level. Those exhibitions are held in a variety of ways, including though the Belarusian foreign ministry, our embassies abroad and so on. Firstly, because we have not lost the art school, which we inherited from the Soviet Union. The Vitebsk school, the Leningrad school, the Surikov Institute, where our great teachers learned: Tsvirko, Danzig, Stelmashonok, and our other teachers and artists, who have unfortunately not with us now.

But this tradition was passed on.

Today our art school, the Glebov school and at the Academy of Arts, boast wonderful young people. We expose Minsk Art College undergraduates' works annually. Today, therefore, I believe that we can be proud of our art, including visual art. We still have that school, thank God.

Europe, of course, has more fashionable performances, contemporary art. All this may be good for the young, but, most importantly, we should not lose basic education. This is what we were always proud of.

Vladimir Prokoptsov: Belarusian art is at very high level