Authenticity of Belarusian folk dances
Belarusian authentic folk dances, such as Liavonikha, Polka Janka, Kryzhachok, Bulba, Charot, are the pride of Belarusian culture. For Belarusians it is enough to hear a familiar tune of the pipe, tambourine or garmon (a kind of Russian button accordion), and they unintentionally want to start dancing.
These dances have existed for many centuries. It is known that no ritual, no festival, no holiday was spent without them.
Belarus President: Investment in culture is investment in our future
The cream of Belarusian creative intelligentsia gathered on March 6 at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. Here, works that claim to be the State Prize in literature, art and architecture were exhibited.
All in all, eight projects were nominated.
Among them is the play "The gray-haired legend" as well as works dedicated to the memory of the famous Pesnyary band front man Vladimir Mulyavin.
To get familiar with each of the eight works nominated was the personal initiative of the Belarus President.
Belarusian student develops method to determine authenticity of art works
The postgraduate of the Yanka Kupala University of Grodno, Nikolai Kuryan, devised a method that allows determining the authenticity of a picture as well as the time of its creation with a high accuracy.
The development has already been tested in the museums of Grodno and Gomel. Moreover, Nikolai Kuryan was awarded a presidential scholarship.
Ivan Shishkin's artwork found at drug traffickers' premises in Belarus
Ivan Shishkin's artwork Forest was discovered in Belarus. The painting was seized during the arrest of members of a drug ring. It has been sent to the National Art Museum for examination.
Masterpieces of world art disappeared from the museum near Vladimir region in 2013.
Robbers handcuffed old woman-keeper to a radiator and stole the masterpieces. Three paintings such as Fisherman by Konstantin Korovin, First Snow by Stanislav Zhukovsky and Forest by Ivan Shishkin disappeared from the museum.
New Brest city logo: professionals against amateurs
Preparations for the Brest city’s millennium are currently underway.
A new bus station, a puppet theater and many other large-scale projects were promised to be built in the regional center for the anniversary.
It’s impossible to imagine the city without the Brest Fortress, the railway station, a bison or a traditional coat of arms. How to represent the city?
Both professionals and amateurs joined the development of the main anniversary symbols.
How children see world: international exhibition to be held in Belarus
If you have free time, visit the exhibition called Pure Colors. It is an exhibition of children's drawings in the showroom of the National Center of Artistic Creativity of Children and Youth.
There you can find more than 200 works from 28 countries.
Little artists offered to show the modern life of their country, its history and culture, sport, environment and world. The works are touching and naive but also have its own depth.
The exhibition was created four years ago in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Heart and soul of Brest Fortress: mysteries of St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Brest is a unique temple. This is the very same church that is depicted on the painting given by President Lukashenko to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. And
this is the church that was converted into a Catholic one for a while, suffered greatly during the German siege of Brest Fortress at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War but has been restored recently.
International Festival of Modern Choreography opens in Vitebsk
A party with the quadrille, ballet with rapiers and a play about Akhmatova's love. The International Festival of Modern Choreography kicks off in Vitebsk November 23.
Taking part in the festival are leading dance groups from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, France, Sweden, Norway, China and other countries.
The forum's program includes world hits and high-profile premieres. Among them is the ballet Giselle staged by the famous Ukrainian choreographer Radu Poklitaru.
Marc Chagall had low grades in Drawing in school
Great Marc Chagall had a three in Drawing. His record book was published by the National Historical Archives of Belarus. There was a five-point grading system in Belarus in the 20th century. Chagall didn’t have the highest grades. However, a future famous artist got a five for his behavior.
New vision of usual sceneries: Exhibition Colors of Belarus opens in Minsk
Belarusian artists presented their own vision of Belarus’ sceneries on November 3. The exhibition Colors of Belarus opened in Minsk. Usual sceneries were transformed into extraordinary art works.
Vasily Yasyuk, artist, professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts:I saw this colorful autumn and I immediately wanted to draw it.
Minsk sculptor Ales Shaternik: His life, works and inspiration
Sculptor Ales Shaternik is Minsker in the fifth generation who did a lot for his beloved city. Some of his works are situated in the heart of Minsk.
Today, during a walk, first memories of the city keep coming back – it was in 1945. He remembers the war, his mother in tears seeing his father off to the front.
Ales Shaternik, sculptor:The farewell was so dramatic. When my father was leaving, the road was uphill and the further he was, the smaller he was. But God told my mother that my father would be back safe and sound.
Belarusian artists present their works at Autumn Salon in Paris
Belarusian artist presented their works at the Autumn Salon (Salon d'Automne) in Paris for the first time.
The art exhibition in the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a very important event not only in France. This art exhibition is known for more than 100 years.
This time, Belarus takes part in it as an honorable guest.
The exhibition includes works of artists from 40 countries.
Mir Castle gets unique Radziwills family album
A unique family album of the Radziwills has appeared in Mir Castle. A collection of the well-known Belarusian family now adorns the portrait hall. For the first time, Belarusians saw these paintings in May 2014 at an exhibition.
Over the past 17 months, the museum management has been negotiating with the owner of the collection Prince Constantin Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst to buy the collection.
The Austrian citizen, an engineer by profession, had inherited a palace in Bavaria and an exclusive gallery of the Radziwill family.
Aivazovsky and Vasnetsov exhibition opens at National Art Museum in Minsk
Originals of Perov, Aivazovsky, Repin, Vasnetsov, Soutine and Kikoin have been brought to Belarus.
On October 5, an exhibition of paintings by Russian, Belarusian and Western European artists of the XIX-XX centuries opened at the National Art Museum.
All exhibits are from the private collection of an art collector, a native of Belarus Alexander Volodchinsky.
15 portraits of Radziwiłłs of ХІХ century and 3 portraits of XVIII returned to Mirsky Castle
A unique collection of the Radziwiłłs’ portraits returned to Belarus.
The collection consists of 15 paintings of the 19th century and 3 paintings of the 18th century. The paintings were acquired in Germany and have direct connection with the owners of the Mirsky Castle, which makes them very valuable. The origin of these paintings is full of mysteries. Experts haven’t known about its existence for a long time. Finally, a real family collection of the Radziwiłłs is in the Mirsky Castle.
Trams decorated with sketches of Kazimir Malevich and Nina Kogan appear in Vitebsk
Hundred-year-old paintings will appear on modern transport.
Two trams and a trolleybus decorated with the sketches of Kazimir Malevich and Nina Kogan will be transporting Vitebsk residents starting from September 23. The graphic art, created by the famous artists a century ago, is adapted to modern days. Beside the drawings, people will be able to see the information about the authors, their works and the history behind the creation of the paintings.
Mikhail Savitsky exhibition opens in Minsk Museum of Great Patriotic War
An exhibition of paintings by Mikhail Savitsky opened at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War July 28. Prior to that, the famous series was stored in the gallery of the artist for two years.
The collection of 16 paintings shows the truth about the horrors of death camps, the cruelty of executioners and stuggle of prisoners. All works are based on documentary materials and the personal experience of the artist. Savitsky was himself a prisoner of Düsseldorf, Buchenwald and Dachau for three years.
Famous Chagall room recreated in Spain
A grand exhibition devoted to the work of the famous artist, a native of the Belarusian Vitebsk Marc Chagall opened in the Spanish Malaga.
You can see paintings, interior and even the place where the great master of the brush worked.
Exhibition organizers have recreated the famous Chagall room from the Vitebsk apartment - a desk and a drawer, where the artist kept sketches of his paintings.
Even the landscape outside the window has recreated. It was this very landscape that inspired the author to create the famous Walk.
Marc Chagall at Slavonic Bazaar: Two of artist's early paintings brought to Vitebsk
One of the most exciting cultural events in Belarus is the Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk! In the evening of July 14, the festival will open its doors officially.
Vitebsk will be decorated with all colors of the rainbow thanks to participants of a street art fest. Black and white mimes, red-nosed clowns and brightest representatives of puppet theaters from Poltava, Kiev and the northern capital of Belarus, Vitebsk.
Belarus national embroidery day held in Minsk July 2
Thousands of Belarusians celebrated National Embroidery Day July 2. The day was marked by an art parade, models in suits with the national patterns walking along the catwalk, jousting tournaments, the city of craftsmen and body art studio. All in all, there were a few dozen events.
On the eve of Independence Day the country is celebrating the day of national embroidery (in Belarusian: vyshyvanka). The highlight of the holiday was the art parade Under the Flag in Vyshyvankas.
Chagall International Plein Air revived in Vitebsk
The International Chagall Plein Air has been revived in Vitebsk this year in Belarus, which is declared the Year of Culture.
In the late 2000s, it was he performed twice. Taking part in it were eminent artists from different countries. In 2016, the international open-air event was also bright. The city Chagall welcomed famous artists from Russia, Latvia, Germany and, of course, Belarus.
Belarusian actor Rostislav Yankovsky passes away aged 86
The sad news became known on June 26. The Belarusian actor Rostislav Yankovsky has passed away aged 86. The President of Belarus expressed condolences to the families and friends of the actor, who bore the honorable titles of the People's Artist of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic and the People's Artist of the USSR.
Unique picture of Mickiewicz by Belarus' painter Khrutsky exhibited in Polotsk
A portrait painted by the famous Belarusian artist Ivan Khrutsky in the XIX century was presented in Polotsk. It depicts the famous poet and public figure Adam Mickiewicz. The work was found by accident.
In 2010, the ancient Polotsk was announced the first cultural capital of Belarus. The same year, the name of the famous painter Ivan Khrutsky was included in the list of UNESCO's memorable dates. The exhibition of his works was timed to this very event. During the preparation of the exhibition the portrait was found.
Alexander Kishchenko: famous Belarusian monumental artist
Unique masterpieces, bright places of Belarus’ capital, tourist attractions and the pride of Minsk. Works by People’s Artist Alexander Kishchenko can be seen in all parts of the city.
For instance, the mosaic picture “Partisans” has been decorating the side wall of the hotel Tourist (Turist) for more than ten years now. The canvas was created in 1973. It’s the first large-scale piece of art presented by Alexander Kishchenko to the Belarus capital. The area of the mosaic is 245 square meters and it took a couple of years to lay it out.
Artist Evgeny Matyuto about his works and forthcoming Vulica Brasil art festival
Ancestors with gray hair and long beards share knowledge and experience with the new generation. Mighty trees take strong roots and create a cultural base. A bushy green crone whispers about the bright future. These graffiti works can be interpreted as philosophical messages.
Evgeny Matyuto, also known as Cowek, creates a special ethno world of his own with the language of street art. Deep and with national color, his art is recognizable and full of symbols.
Souvenir magnets from Belarus: creation process
The tourist season is time to think about souvenirs. When we don’t have enough time for choosing, we buy magnets.
This kind of souvenirs appeared only 15 years ago. And nowadays, many have at least one magnet on their refrigerators. A good Belarusian magnet is not only the image of Belarus’ picturesque landscapes and architectural monuments, but also hand work.
Everybody knows how difficult it is to find a unique magnet among numerous Chinese cookie-cutter molds. Minsk, contrariwise, can be proud of its craftsmen.
Twin sisters from Minsk creating textile masterpieces
These spring flowers with petals playing in sunbeams seem to be natural. The birds are singing and sap is dripping from the nearby tree of life.
Everything in this studio resembles a fairy tale. Cloths woven from hundreds of fabric flaps look like pictorial art. Nevertheless, it is made of cloth of gold, splendid velvet, and imponderable silk instead of watercolours and gouache.
"He was a pride of Belarus": Nil Hilevich funeral in Minsk
Accidentally I heard a phrase of MP of the National Assembly of the 4th convocation Nina Kulsha. She said "it would be great if, instead of advertising in our public transport, we could hear at least a few times a day excerpts from the works of Belarusian classic writers."
This phrase is particularly pressing now, when almost all classic writers of Belarus have gone. The last People's Poet of Belarus, Nil Hilevich, has passed away this week.
Art without borders: paintings for visually impaired in Minsk
Paintings of about ten Belarusian artists will appear in tactile interpretation. Among them are works of Ivan Khrutsky, Leonid Shchemelyov, and Genady Drozdov. These peculiar bás-reliefs are made specifically for visually impaired art connoisseurs. They can feel landscape, portrait, or still life details one by one and thereby “read” a painting.
Thus pictures remain on fingertips. This is a very humane idea – art that may and must be touched. New forms are thus given to already well-known shapes. The works of famous Belarusian artists are brought into relief.
1563 Bible presented at Belarus' National Art Museum
On February 11, in Minsk, historians and culture experts of Belarus and Lithuania presented unique exhibits. Documents and texts of archival sources were presented at the National Art Museum.
This was the first time such exhibits had been brought on public display. The main among them is of course the Bible of 1563.
Slavic Bazaar Festival's unique style developed in Vitebsk
The new logo of the festival Slavic Bazaar will be adorned by Belarusian ornament and flags of the participating countries. Virtually unchanged from year to year is the creative spelling style of the name of the forum and the symbol of the festival - a cornflower.
However, other elements of the logo vary every year. These symbols are on outdoor advertising, videos, tickets, posters and souvenirs. This time, the basic colors is blue and all its shades - the same color as cornflower. The logo is now white, which means that the transition to a new level.
Mona Lisa in Belarusian national dress by graphic artist Oleg Karpovich
Mona Lisa in a new image. The famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci has appeared before the public in Belarusian national embroidery! A portrait of the recognized beauty of the XVI century has been painted by the famous graphic artist Oleg Karpovich.
The master of the brush has managed to combine the Italian Renaissance painting with Belarusian identity. A linen shirt is adorned by red ornaments. While usually it's hard to look away from the eyes of the femme fatale, now there is another reason to look carefully at her image: the costume.
Belarusian creates John Lennon portrait from white salt
An artist from Grodno, Yulia Bolbat, 25, introduced a work, in an unusual technique.
She created John Lennon’s portrait from white salt.
As much as 1.5 kg of white salt was used for the creation of this portrait.
Another feature of the work is that it almost entirely consists of hash tags.
Belarus to introduce unique Code of Culture in 2016
2016 is the Year of Culture in Belarus. In broader sense, culture is the essential component of any nation’s progress, the constellation of all human achievements. It is creativity, intellect, and knowledge. In a sense, 2016 should become the year of a breakthrough. And every Belarusian citizen, whatever he may do, not necessarily music or cinema, can make their contribution to this country's development, to the promotion of Belarusian art and lifestyle.
Yevgeny Markevich, the only professional male weaver of Belarus
500 towels, tens of curtains and 3 kilometers of linen. This is a personal record of Yevgeny Markovich, the only professional male weaver in Belarus, and a surgeon. The master restored with his own hands a few machines and now trains those who are willing to continue Belarusian weaving traditions.
Now he's the only guy in Belarus who is professionally engaged in weaving.
2016 declared Year of Culture in Belarus
2016 has been declared Year of Culture in Belarus. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President.
The document is intended to bring together the intellectual and spiritual forces of society to meet the challenges of socio-economic development, preservation of historical and cultural heritage.
In 2016, Belarus will focus on the development of folk traditions, instillation of love for the Fatherland as well as support for creative initiatives.
Winter photos of Belarusian nature by Anatoly Dribas
Though Anatoliy Dribas is not a poet, he can be safely called a "scribe" of Belarusian nature. With a camera, he traveled almost the whole Belarus in order to capture the beauty of "the land under the white wings."
Among the thousands of different images winter landscapes occupy a special place. Looking at them you feel light frost sneaking through the skin, and the cool breath of wind.
It is hard for photographers to work in winter. This is not only weather but also remoteness of some places.
International Christmas Opera Forum underway in Minsk
Opera enthusiasts have been waiting for this event for one year! Minsk is hosting the 6th International Christmas Opera Forum. It's kind of festival of premieres of the Bolshoi Theater with participation of world stars. "The Tsar's Bride" was the first performance staged in the capital. The immortal work was performed by prima of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.
International Christmas Opera Forum kicks off in Minsk
Opera enthusiasts have been waiting for this event for one year! The International Christmas Opera Forum kicks off in Minsk on December 16.
The grand celebration, which will last five days, will gather performers and musicians from 22 countries.
They will present to the public the best performances of Belarusian and world famous theaters.
The opera forum will open with The Tsar's Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The immortal work will be performed by soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Venera Gimadieva.
Minsk embroidery girl graffiti into world's top 10 November graffiti
A popular Minsk graffiti on the wall of the building in 15 Rabkorovskaya Street, painted by British-Australian street artist Guido Van Helten, has entered the top 10 most popular graffiti in the world, according to Streetartnews.
The image made by Guido during the festival of monumental art Urban Myths finished in eighth position.
Another recent graffiti, Angel of Death, has divided the local residents.
Urban Myths – Minsk’s new street art project
Belarusian street art gains grounds in the world. Our graffiti artists become known abroad, foreign artists go to Belarus with pleasure.
The idea of a new international project "Urban Myths" is as follows: foreign artists come to Minsk without preliminary sketches, they walk around the city for three days, exploring the sights, getting acquainted with residents – so to say, plunge into the atmosphere of the capital and create their original paintings. Such Belarusian street art project through the eyes of foreign artists is a new format.
The only artist in Belarus who uses Chinese painting technique
Instead of a paper canvas she uses rice paper, brushes from pheasant feathers and a bear fur, and even drawing ink, which does not fade for centuries. It these materials a painter from Grodno uses.
She is the only person in Belarus who has mastered a special technique of Chinese painting.
Marina Elyashevich has been painting unique pictures for more than three years. She was awarded a special stamp directly from Chinese teachers, which only true masters of this art can get.
Please watch video for more details.
Art exhibition "My Minsk. Symbols of Space and Time" underway in Minsk
The canvas of Belarusian Salvador Dali's as a gift to beloved city. Minsk Mayor Andrei Shorets was given a picture of the Belarusian artist Viktor Alshevsky at a ceremony held in the Mikhail Savitsky gallery on September 29.
This exclusive picture is one of the works from a series of paintings called "Column of Glory." It depicts the symbol of the capital - the Memorial Church of All Saints and in memory of innocent victims in our Fatherland.
Photographer Dmitry Rusak – about Minsk, his work and secrets of success
Dmitry Rusak - Minsk's photographer who works in different genres, but in his own style. He became the first Belarusian photographer who made our country famous abroad.
In the 5th form already, the boy had his own camera Smena. He made a lot of photos and learned to look at life through camera at a different angle.
Dmitry Rusak, photographer:Everything was great, but a school annoyed – to go to school every day and to do homework. I envied grown-ups who come from work and do not have to do any homework.
Boris Arakcheev: Belarus’ greatest artist of 20th century
Boris Arakcheev was born to a rural family. He started to work early in order to help his parents. He was still a boy when he voluntarily went to war.
He didn’t have any education or so-called cultural background. However, after WWII, he stayed in Minsk, and a miracle happened.
Once, in a park, a young soldier, who survived the horrors of war, saw an artist drawing a landscape, and fell in love with painting.
Bragin village meteorites
It is still not clear why the village is called Bragin.
Some historians claim that the village got the name of the Braginka river, some say it derives from the moorland.
Belarus-Brazil: Potash, tires and clothing dominate bilateral trade
In a few days, the UN conference Rio+20 opens in Brazil. The Belarusian delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs will bring to Rio their principle offers. But Belarus is still interested in Brazil as in a promising market for Belarusian goods: today it is among the top ten major foreign economic partners of this country.
Until 1960, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil. The population of the metropolis is now around 13 million.