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Exhibition of Russian and Belarusian icon painting of the 18th – early 20th century dedicated to the 85th birthday of Metropolitan Filaret

The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus opens the exhibition of Russian and Belarusian icon painting of the 18th – early 20th century from the museum’s collections at 4:00 p.m. on March 21, 2020.* It is dedicated to the 85th birthday of Metropolitan Filaret, Honorary Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus. A lot of programs of cooperation of the Belarusian Orthodox Church with a number of state institutions have been carried out with his assistance. This includes mental, moral, aesthetic education of various social groups of the Belarusian society. The exhibition project serves this higher purpose.

The collection of Russian icon painting contains about 300 pieces relating to the late 17th – early 20th century in the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. Most of them came from the Belarusian customs service, some were taken out by museum expeditions of the 1980s, provided by state organizations or individuals. The items of personal piety are prevalent in this collection.

The exhibition displays about 60 pieces of Russian icon painting from the museum’s collection, made in the 18th – early 20th centuries. The icons represent the images of Christ, the Virgin, selected saints, Christian holidays. The icon painting of the 18th – early 19th centuries from the museum’s collection presents mainly the Russian province masters’ art, in which conservative tendencies are combined with mimetic representation and European Baroque. A number of pieces demonstrate the commitment to the samples of icon painting before the reforms of Patriarch Nikon of Moscow.

The icons of the 19th – early 20th centuries display a variety of styles. Some of them, originating from the famous icon-painting centers of Palekh, Mstera, Kholuy, are featured by a high level of excellence based on the ancient icon-painting traditions. Vladimir masters, whose art was in conjunction with the trends developed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, were involved in the execution of orders received from there. The interesting samples are the lists of Moscow and St. Petersburg shrines presented at the exhibition.

The Belarusian Exarchate of the Moscow Patriarchate presents personal piety items of Metropolitan Filaret, panagia, pastoral staffs and liturgical vestments, including a mitre made using the method of straw weaving.

The exhibition will open at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus to May 21, 2020 at the following address: 20 Lenin Str.

*Dear visitors! Please note that free entrance to the exhibition is from 15:30 to 16:30 (at an unspecified time - by  ticket or guest card of the museum).