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Solemn presentation of the painting “Still Life with a Jug” by Vosip Liubich (1896–1990)

On June 1, 2018 at 17:00 at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Swiss Confederation will donate the painting “Still Life with a Jug” by Vosip Liubich at a solemn ceremony. This is the second work by our fellow countryman, representative of the famous School of Paris, painter and graphic artist, which will add to the museum collection.

To date, an important task of the museum is to create an integral image of the development of Russian art of the 20th century – these complex decades full of twists and turns. Vitebsk avant-garde and the art of emigrants, which became the classics of the Paris School, socialist realism and austere style, nonconformists and postmodernists – this is just a dotted outline of the Belarusian art of the 20th century. However, it seems that everything that today lies on the surface, until quite recently was available only to dedicated experts.

The active reactualisation of forgotten and unknown pages of Belarusian culture and art begins in the late 1980s, when under the influence of the “perestroika” reforms a powerful stream of “regained” artistic heritage bursted into the art space. The names of the artists, previously moved to the periphery of public attention, began to return from oblivion. Since the late 1980s, the names of Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevich, Vera Ermolaeva, El Lissitzky and others began to appear in art studies. Already in the 21st century the artists of the famous School of Paris – the international community of artists based in Paris in the first half of the 20th century, in which artists of Belarusian origin played an important role, who emigrated before and after the Revolution of 1917.

In this regard, donation of the painting of Vosip Liubich is an important step towards the formation of a full-fledged collection. After careful study, this work will be demonstrated at thematic exhibitions of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus and other museums.