«The funds of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus contain more than 27 thousand works of art, which form 20 collections of national and world art!»
It is likely one of the most famous museums of Belarus. The funds of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus contain more than 27 thousand works of art, which form 20 collections of national and world art. I like to visit the Museum occasionally as it is a special place for me, where I have an opportunity to get lost among its beauty and forget about reality for some time.
I know that the collections of the Museum had to face many difficulties during the Second World War, when many works of art were irretrievably lost. After WWII, the museum started to work from scratch. That stage in the history of the Museum was connected with 33 years of selfless work of Elena Aladova (1907−1986) — Honoured Art Worker of the BSSR and Manager of the Gallery. Before WWII she was in charge of the Russian and Belarusian Art Department. After the liberation of Minsk the Gallery got four rooms in the House of Trade Unions in Liberty Square. Thanks to devotion and enthusiasm of its first employees, the Museum rose from the ashes. In spite of the postwar devastation when Minsk was in the state of shambles, Aladova obtained a permission to build a new gallery.
Nowadays the Museum owns the collection of XIX century Belarusian Art, Belarusian Art of the XX century, pre-revolutionary Russian and Belarusian Art and objects of West-European and Oriental Art (XVI — XX centuries). Not everyone knows that two statues on the Museum’s attic symbolize muses of painting and sculpture.
There are lots of paintings that I like in the Museum but the works of a Belarusian painter Anatoli Konzub impressed me most of all. These wonderful, touching and magical works reflect the artist’s soul.
Also, I would like to mention that a new «Art Café” was opened there not so long time ago. It is very pleasant to sip your coffee being surrounded by beautiful things and to watch a film about the artist whose collection is exhibited in the cafe.
So, I would highly recommend to all of the guests of the city to visit our National Museum! If you happen to be in Minsk when the Night of Museums takes place, then you should not miss an opportunity to look at «revived paintings», to mingle with mime artist and to participate in different creative competitions.
Have a good time!