Art-Belarus in Minsk is a historical and cultural project with the main objectives to restore ties between cultural and historical heritage and to support the development of Belarusian contemporary art.
Art-Belarus gallery has the biggest collection of artifacts (paintings, sculptures and old-printed publications) created by Belarusian artists from the beginning of the 16th century. One of the gallery’s treasures is Francysk Skaryna’s Small travel book, published around 1522 in Vilnius.
The collection, started with some of the artworks by world-famous artists of the Paris School (born in what’s Belarus today), comprises not only the masterpieces of Chagall, Soutine and Zadkine, but also the artworks of Vankovič, Haraŭski and other artists. Some of these painters come from the same region as my grandfather and it makes the gallery even more special for me. By the way, it’s definitely worth visiting the Space of Chaïm Soutine in Smilavičy. This short trip will take you half a day, as the birth town of the painter is only 27 km away from Minsk.
Art-Belarus also carries out several initiatives promoting Belarusian contemporary art: drop by Salon d’Automne to see the artworks of emerging artists, if you come in fall. Alternatively, pay a visit to Art-Minsk festival. Many art-related workshops and lectures (mostly in Russian) are also held throughout the year.
Lastly, there is a small shop with handcrafted jewelry and accessories, so now you know the place where you might find the perfect gifts for your family.