Exhibition of Israel Basov "Wisdom has built her house..."
Тhe major retrospective exhibition of Israel Basov “Wisdom has built her house...”, timed to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the master, who became the classic of Belarusian art of the 20th century.
The words of the parable in the title of the jubilee exhibition of Israel Basau perfectly characterize the life and work of the artist. In all senses of this expression, Basau managed to build his own house in art. A strict and delicate master, standing apart from the generation of Belarusian artists of the second half of the 20th century, he managed to preserve his own creative position and develop his expressive and recognizable style in opposition to the official priorities.
The art of Israel Basau caused a lot of controversy during his life. Despite his membership in the Union of Artists of the BSSR, for many years the master was doomed to creative loneliness. The formal boldness of his painting, the liberation from the social didactics of socialist realism determined his extremely sparse participations in exhibitions and absence of solo exhibitions. Only after his death the artist was recognized as one of the most prominent and talented masters of Belarusian art.
Image of a house – a stable symbol of spiritual order – unites virtually all the artist's works at the exhibition. A common block of flats carries a variety of associations. It is a temple or a palace, the center of the world or the space itself. The houses of the artist are different – bright and big, occupying the center of the canvas or going into the depth of the composition, topographically recognizable and abstracted, but all of them are full of significant meanings. They contain the sacred and profane, mundane and majestic, love and antipathy, drama and joy. For the artist, house is not a mere function. It is the sacred space and the philosophy of life.
The exhibition features over 60 paintings and graphic works from the collections of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the National Polack Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve, the Belarusian Union of Artists, the Belarusian State Archive-Museum of Literature and Art and the artist's family collection. Many works will be exhibited for the first time.