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Memorial evening dedicated to Maj Dantsyg, the People's Artist of Belarus

Memorial evening dedicated to the work of Maj Dantsyg (27.04.1930-26.03.2017), People's Artist of Belarus, professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, holder of the Order of Francysk Skaryna and the Order of Honor will be held at 5 pm on April 24, 2018

The artistic heritage of Maj Dantsyg occupies a significant place in the history of national culture of the twentieth century. He belonged to the category of artists, who besides developing new subjects concentrate on the innovative and fresh look at the topics already known. “I always wanted to create something in spite of everyone, something different. After all, the most interesting thing in art is not the new topic, but the old one, taken and worked out in a new way,” stressed the Master. And it was this desire to act “in spite of” that gave birth to ambitious ideas and innovative forms of the works by Maj Dantsyg, many of which became part of the golden fund of national art.

The name of the national artist of Belarus is well known abroad. For example, in 2015, the monumental canvas of Maj Dantsyg “And the Saved World Remembers” (from the collection of the Art Russe Foundation (Russia, Moscow) opened “The Legacy of the Second World War in Russian Art” exhibition at the world-famous Saatchi Gallery in London. The Master's works are kept in the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the State Tretyakov Gallery (Russia, Moscow), the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, Pavel Maslenikaw Mahilioŭ Regional Art Museum, funds of the Belarusian Union of Artists, the Institute of Russian Realist Art (Russia, Moscow), the Art Russe Foundation (Russia, Moscow), the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) in Minneapolis (USA), etc., as well as in private collections in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Germany , Israel, Italy, Moldova, Russia, the United States and other countries.

In addition to painting, which was his major priority, Maj Dantsyg devoted more than half a century to teaching. Until 2011 he worked at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, having educated several generations of Belarusian artists.

Colleagues, friends, students, close people and family of Maj Dantsyg will come to remember him, leaf through the pages of his life and art. Memories of the visitors will be complemented with bright musical numbers performed by professional artists, viewing the last lifetime interview with the Master and other activities.

Besides, for one month (20.04.-20.05.2018) the Museum will host an expanded exposition of Maj Dantsyg’s works from the museum's funds “PEACE! LABOR! MAJ!”.