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Schraga Zarfin. Leading to the Light

On December 6, 2019 the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus will hold the exhibition ‘Schraga Zarfin. Leading to the Light’ from the collection of the A-100 Group of Companies, from the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, from the Centre for the Creativity of Children and Youth of Smilavichy and private collections. 

This first solo exhibition in Belarus is dedicated to the 120th anniversary of Schraga Zarfin (1899–1975), the artist of the Paris School and man with an unusual fate. He was a native of Smilavichy near Minsk. The exposition will acquaint the Belarusian viewer with unknown Schraga Zarfin’s works belonging to the A-100 Group of Companies, as well as present the artist’s rarely exhibited paintings from private collections, and tell about his creative and spiritual quests...

...One of the leading themes in the art of Schraga Zarfin is landscapes of France, which became his second homeland. The artist sought to depict spiritual and philosophical problems. Schraga Zarfin was an excellent colorist. He used a proper individual palette, all the time being in search of new expressive means. His works are in a lot of museums in France, in the Rothschild family’s collections and Charlie Chaplin’s family.

‘Schraga Zarfin. Leading to the Light’ will present 52 works made by the artist in different years.

The works by Schraga Zarfin from the collection of the A-100 Group of Companies were acquired from the artist’s heirs in 2018. They will be presented to the Belarusian public for the first time.

The exhibition runs until February 28, 2020.

Curator of the exhibition ‘Schraga Zarfin. Leading to the Light’ is Yury Abdurakhmanov (Heritage and Time Foundation). The technical curator of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus is Nadezhda Usova, the leading researcher at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The author of the design concept of the exhibition is Nadezhda Kukharenko, the curator of art projects.