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The exhibition "WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME"

On April 16, the National Art Museum runs the new exhibition project ‘Why did you leave me?’ It represents the most tragic and mystical event in the Gospel – the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The works of sacred art from the collection of the art museum depict the Savior abandoned and alone. There are carved wooden sculptures of the 17th–20th centuries, altar crosses and icons at the exhibition. Most of the items are on display for the first time. Among hundreds of sacral objects from the museum’s funds, only about thirty unique exhibits are presented in four showrooms on the first floor. The exposition starts with the rare for Belarus sculpture depicting Christ in prison. According to popular interpretation, Jesus spends one of the most difficult nights in it – the night before his crucifixion. The altar crosses of different confessions present the iconography of the crucifixion. The exposition ends with the curator’s installation symbolizing Calvary. Most of the wooden sculptures at the exhibition have a lot of losses, so they are displayed with no gloss, which is the conceptual foundation of the main curator’s idea – godforsakenness. The cult monuments damaged by time and conditions enhance Christ’s sufferings. The exhibition is special with the innovative approach to the presentation of sacred art works: minimalistic installation design, audio and lighting design.
The exhibition includes a number of curatorial tours.

 

Dmitry Solodky
Curator of the exhibition
Senior researcher at the Department of Belarusian Art of the 20th–21st centuries