Small Motherland – Main Land
The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus will open the exhibition ‘Small Motherland – Main Land’ on September 7.
Cities, towns and villages are interesting due to the human who creates and glorifies their original history and catching beauty. The exhibition presents the works by well-known masters of the 20th century. They are natives of almost all regions of Belarus.
Most of the exhibited works are landscapes. There are objective reasons for the popularity of this genre among artists and art lovers, one of which is the unique Belarusian landscape of the area.
The exhibition will present a small part of our collection dedicated to the ‘Small Motherland’. Most of the works are landscapes of floating fogs and plowed fields, the dear land seen from a bird’s eye view, and solemn sky, blue Belarusian lakes and flowering flax. Artists turn the simple and muted nature of Belarus, fields and forests, lakes and shores into a large and powerful organism on their pictures. They present monumentality and complexity, power and intensity for each motif. It is small wonder that Belarusian artists, watching nice landscapes, want to aesthetically transform the world around them. This can be seen in the paintings of Viktar Gramyka, Vital Tsvirka, Lieanid Shchamialiow, Dzmitryj Aliejnik, Uladzimir Sulkowski, Jawgien Zajtsaw, Mikalaj Kazakievich.
The allure of workdays and holidays, the unity of the human and the dear land are depicted in the works of Viktar Markaviets, Robert Landarski, Mikhas Siewruk, Mikalaj Kirejew.
The most interesting works are landscapes, where the country sights seem to throw a bridge from our ‘here and now’ into the context of the historical past. The memory of culture comes alive on the canvases of Mikhas Siewruk, Mikalaj Dudaraw, Mikhail Liwshyts, Uladzimir Gardziejenka, Valiantsin Savitski. For example, the monuments of Belarusian architecture on canvases ‘Hrodna. Kalozha’ and ‘Old Viciebsk Corner’ are our culture heritage. The mystical aura of ancient legends surrounds the works of Uladzimir Kozhukh. They are dedicated to one of the iconic places of the country that is Biełaviežskaja Pušča, where the bison is a symbol of Belarus. The works by Jawgien Zajtsaw and Vasil Kamarow are about some tragic events of our history during the Great Patriotic War.
A lot of artists tended to depict the regions industrial transformation in the post-war decades, when the country was recovering from mental and physical wounds. Artists had creative trips in order to capture the key construction projects of Salihorsk, Novapolatsk, etc. Maj Dantsyg, Ivan Stasievich, Natan Voranaw and Anton Karzhaniewski are engaged in monumental industrial structures and expressive effects of industrial landscape.
‘Small Motherland – Main Land’ is an exhibition about the nice Belarusian land, its nature, small villages and towns, nice people, their memory of the past, inextricably linked with the present and leading to the future.
The exhibition opens until October 25, 2020.