Тhe anniversary exhibition of Viktar Gramyka
29.12.17 - 02.02.18

In 2018, the anniversary exhibition of Viktar Gramyka, the People’s Artist of the Republic of Belarus, veteran of the Great Patriotic War, opens a series of personal exhibitions of the masters who have become classics of Belarusian art in the twentieth century.

The exhibition dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the great painter demonstrates only a small part of the heritage of the talented portrait and landscape painter. Master of narrative painting, he embodied heroism and perseverance of the Belarusian people in the harsh reality of war. For many lovers and connoisseurs of art the name of the artist is strongly associated with monumentality, grandeur, spatiousness and vastness of landscape art. Magnificent landscapes by Viktar Gramyka tell the viewer about floating fogs and plowed fields, about his native land, seen from a bird's eye view, and the solemn sky, about the blue Belarusian lakes and flowering fields of flax. The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus stores about 40 works by the artist, two of which adorn the permanent exhibition.

For many years the work of Viktar Gramyka has been represented in the permanent exposition of the museum by his well-known painting 1941. Over the Pripyat River (1970). Being a man of the military generation, member of the Kanstantsin Zaslonaw’s underground organization in Orsha, editor of the Public Avengers newspaper, Viktar Gramyka, like no one else, managed to convey the drama and the tragedy of military events, to achieve the sensation of a silent scream in the canvas. He was a 18-year-old young man at the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, that interrupted the usual course of life and time of his happy youth. As an artist, he turned to the theme of the Great Patriotic War in his works in the 1960s. Soldiers (1967), Song of My Detachment (1978) and other paintings represented the author’s original autobiographical evidence of the war. These canvases engage the viewer to be present and participate in the tragic moments experienced by the artist.

In the 1960s, the landscape style of the artist was formed. Gramyka’s major works include panoramic epic landscapes Flame of November (1977), Land (1971), Red Lands of the Polack Region (1970), presented at the exhibition. These canvases testify to a new understanding of the object of the landscape genre, of finding an artistic philosophical dichotomy “a small homeland – a Great land”, which determined all the further creative career of the painter. Plain and outwardly discreet Belarusian nature, fields and strips of forest, lakes and river banks are transformed under the artist's brush into a large and mighty organism, revealing monumentality and complexity, strength and depth in each seemingly random motive.

Consistent in everything, Viktar Gramyka is actively engaged in public and teaching activities. For about 40 years, the artist was a lecturer at the Belorussian Theater and Art Institute, the Dean of the Art Department, the head of the personal art studio at the Belarusian Academy of Arts. In 2000, Viktar Gramyka was elected an honorary member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

Art of Viktar Gramyka invariably correlates with high moral ideals, sublime beliefs concerning the meaning of life, ideas of patriotism and love for his land and his people.


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