Liudvig Asetski. Chronicle of Life. Annals of the Country
From December 21, 2018 to January 27, 2019

On December 20, 2018 at 17:00 exhibition “Chronicle of Life. Annals of the Country” will open at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The exhibition is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Honored Artist of the BSSR, Liudvig Asetski (1929–2005), graphic artist and book illustrator, whose creative career started in the 1960s in the Soviet Union and developed until the 21st century in the sovereign Belarus. The exhibition will run from December 21, 2018 to January 27, 2019.

The exhibition will feature over 40 works of original and printed graphic works from the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The exhibition will be completed with 13 illustrated books by the master from the funds of the library of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian State Archive-Museum of Literature and Art and the artist’s family, as well as photographs, documents and awards from the funds of the Belarusian State Archive Museum of Literature and Art and the family of the master. The demonstrated documentary film by Aliaksandr Damaratski from the series “The Light of a Distant Star” tells about the life and creative path of Liudvig Asetski through the eyes of his family, friends and colleagues.

Liudvig Asetski belongs to the constellation of Belarusian artists formed in the dynamic 1960s, marked by the rise in the development of the Belarusian graphic school and inspired by the search for new content and plastic solutions in the Belarusian visual arts in general. The artist is famous for his works in the field of easel graphics and book illustration, where he proved himself as master with his individual vision, method and style.

In his works, Liudvig Asetski created a chronicle of the country, reflecting significant events in the life of the republic, and appeared as a chronicler of the life of fellow countrymen, capturing the everyday life of Soviet people. Therefore, the main form of artistic representation becomes a series of graphic works, diverse in style, form, technique and themes. These include revolutionary events (series of linocuts “October Days in Belarus”), working days (series of lithographs “Žodzina” and etchings “Daily Life of the Navy”), and urban views and landscapes of the native land (series of colored lithographs “Memory” and drypoint series “The Native Lands”), and man-made disasters (drypoint series “Chernobyl Sector”), and philosophical reflections (drypoint series “Closure of the Circle”). The dramatic series about the heroism of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War (series of lithographs “Underground of Minsk” and “Liberation”, drypoint series “Ballad of the Fight at the Lavy”) became the great creative achievement of the artist.

An important part of the artistic heritage of Liudvig Asetski is his illustrations to the works of famous Belarusian writers and poets. In them, the artist sought to reveal the narrative content, to convey its main ideas in a figurative emotional form. The graphic works he created are characterized by the harmony of the images, fonts, headpieces and covers.

Bright and creative artist, Liudvig Asetski lived a rich and interesting life. The power of his talent was combined with his exceptional efficiency and demanding of his work. The artist tirelessly sought and found plastic solutions that make the image memorable and invariably evoke an emotional reaction.

LIUDVIG ASETSKI

graphic artist, book illustrator

Born on May 9, 1929 in the Prodzvina village, Babrujsk district, Mahilioŭ region.

1937–1947 – studied at secondary schools No. 13 and No. 12 of Babrujsk.

1945–1947 – attended the art studio at the Babrujsk Pioneers Center under the guidance of Barys Bialiaeu, educator and self-taught artist.

1947–1950 – student of the Minsk Art College.

1950–1954 – service in the Soviet Army, where he graduated from the 10th grade of the night school No. 2 in Minsk.

1954–1960 – student of the Graphic Department at the Belarusian State Theater and Art Institute (today – the Belarusian State Academy of Arts). There he studied under Siargej Gerus, Aliaksand Mazaliou, Vital Tsvirka. His graduation work was a series of linocuts “October Days in Belarus”, under the supervision of Pavel Liubamudrau.

1959–1960s – artist of the State Publishing House of the BSSR, 1960–1962 – chief artist of the General Directorate of Publishing Houses of the Ministry of Culture of the BSSR.

1962–1967 – lecturer at the Department of Drawing and Graphics of the Belarusian State Theater and Art Institute.

From 1967 to 1989 – worked as a graphic artist, as a member of the Union of Artists of the BSSR worked under contracts and in various positions in the Union of Artists: deputy chairman of the Board of the Union of Artists of the BSSR (1968–1973), chairman of the Board of the Art Fund of the BSSR (1968–1970), member of the Board of the Union of Artists of the USSR (1968–1973), member of the audit committee of the Union of Artists of the BSSR (1973–1976), executive editor, editor-in-chief of the “Agitplakat” editorial board (1975–1976), secretary of the Union of Artists of the BSSR for the Promotion of Fine Arts and Exhibition Activities (1981), chairman of the Graphic Section of the Union of Artists of the BSSR (1985).

He worked in the field of easel and book graphics in various techniques (linocut, etching, dry needle, lithography, tempera, watercolor) and genres (history, genre picture, landscape), created a number of works of monumental art for republican museum exhibitions.

Participant of art exhibitions since 1960. II degree diploma of the All-Union competition for the best book of 1965 for the decoration of the book “We Will Tell You about Minsk”. member of the Belarusian Union of Artists since 1967. Honored Artist of the BSSR (1981). He was awarded the Certificate of Honor of the Supreme Council of the BSSR (1975), medal “For Labor Valor” (1986) and medal of Francysk Skaryna (2003).

Creative business trips and tourist trips to France (1967), Italy (1969, 1985), Hungary (1970), Poland (1973, 1975), Finland (1976) and Czechoslovakia (1982).

He died on November 9, 2005 in Minsk.

The works of the artist are in the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the State Literary Museum of Janka Kupala, the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, the National Center for Contemporary Arts of the Republic of Belarus, the Minsk Regional Museum of Local History (Maladziečna), the Pavel Maslenikaw Mahilioŭ Regional Art Museum, Babrujsk Art Museum, and in the funds of the Belarusian Union of Artists.

 

Curator of the exhibition – Anastasia Karneiko, senior researcher of the Department of Modern Belarusian Art.

“Zviazda”. From the series “Minsk Underground Organizations”. 1968
Linocut on paper. 62х105 cm
From the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. Inv. No. 774

Plate 4. From the series “The Native Lands”. 1983
Drypoint on paper. 25х31,7 cm
From the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. Inv. No. 1523

Glory to the Fallen in the Fight. From the series “October Days in Belarus”. 1960
Color linocut on paper. 44x86 cm
From the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. Inv. No. 486

By the Pier. From the series “Daily Life of the Navy”. 1971
Etching on paper. 49х63 cm
From the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. Inv. No. 612

Victory Square. From the series “Memory”. 1984
Author’s color lithograph on paper. 51,2х41,6 cm
From the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. Inv. No. 1437

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