Belarus National Art Museum video tour


Belarus National Art Museum video tour

Any large museum is an iceberg. Of the entire collection, only miserable percentages are shown in the exposition. Nevertheless, these are hundreds, and even thousands of works of art.

The National Museum has 30,000 pieces of art, of which only 3% are shown in the exposition.

The museum is able to talk about history. And besides, these concepts are often synonymous, even if it is an art museum, not a historical one. A fine example is the ceremonial portrait. Empress Catherine the Great shows not only how powerful, important and beautiful she is, but also her own political credo.

That is, every picture is a mystery to be solved, and it helps to significantly deepen our understanding of the past.

On the canvas the Empress makes a gesture pointing to the left side.

In the shadows you can see the figure of Peter the Great, his bust, executed in the style of the Roman emperors.

A little higher on the canvas is an inscription, the meaning of which seems to hint to an attentive viewer that Catherine is going to continue the course of Peter's reforms.

This symbolic language of classicism is a thing that perfectly reflects its time and its era. And, if a single work is a frozen time, then several of them form a history of changes.

Catherine froze. She is motionless.

The Empress herself and her image. It is quite a different thing on the canvas of Serov, where Olga Tamara is depicted. She is beautiful; her face is painted so that no amateur of classical aesthetics will remain indifferent.

Only one look at the dress, and you will already notice some movement.

And the garden, look at this garden! There are no longer any objects, only colored flashes and individual spots.

In the second half of the 19th century, there is a revolution. The revolution that we can see even nowadays. My face in the frame, my face is clear, while everything else is vague. This is what artists understand with the development of photography, they understand there is no longer any sense in portraying reality as it is.

It makes sense to depict it, as we perceive it.

The word “Impressionism” comes from “impression”. And the impression is not what is depicted on the canvas, but what is happening here and now. The history of aesthetics, the history of changing of the world perception are reasons why it is necessary to come to the museum.

In fact, we came up with the idea that art is more than an image much earlier. A long time ago. And a fine example of this is the collection of sacred art. The art of Belarusian Orthodox iconography. Such an original, such, on the one hand, restrained, strict, eternal, and, on the other hand, such a humane, such  thought-provoking. Catholic sculpture is a magnificent example of classicism and baroque, which shows us certain religious truths, but at the same time it shows us our nature in its ideal form.

To see your own ideal is a worthy occasion to visit the museum.

The museum is the space of the young: young visitors, as well as young art. In terms of the fact that someone appreciates antiquity, someone finds the art of our time attractive, because it is a reflection of our lives.

The museum, in the form in which we know it today, appeared in the era of Romanticism which said that the personality is worth something. And the task of the museum was to develop this personality.

Sometimes it seems that any person who comes to the museum leaves it a bit different: either very tired and irritated, by the fact that they did not understand anything, or spiritualized. And with some new thoughts and ideas. The main magic of the museum is that only you can choose in which state you will leave from there. And we suggest choosing the second option.

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