Not so long ago made the New York Museum of Belarus aims to promote and support contemporary Belarusian art, to help Belarusian artists. One of the organizers of the Belarusian Museum in New York, Alexandre Vinokourov knows that in a similar way with public initiatives and private donations, the U.S. began the famous museums.
"For example,« Metropolitan Museum of Art ", many others — private museums. Appeared idea, private person donated funds collected works … There is a good example — Ukrainian Museum in New York. Their beautiful building, excellent exposure. Ukrainian Museum already proved part of the South American cultural public life, cultural heritage of New York. And I have a dream — to make Belarusian museum itself level. It may be that the Belarusian art has much to be proud, but here it is almost incomprehensible. "
Ales Vinokurov said that Belarusian Museum in New York — the non-profit organization, opened it and acts while on private donations, plans to seek the help of funds, and still has more support from the Board of the Cathedral of St.. Cyril of Turov, which has allocated space for the museum and promotes organizational matters. Ales and said about the importance of supporting the Belarusian Museum Zenon Pozniak.
Were initially Belarusian exhibitions in other areas, and in This year to the days of the Will was dated the first exhibition of contemporary art is already in a new Belarusian museum.
The first exhibition of the museum were the work of the Belarusian Vladimir Sulkowski, Yegor Batalonka, Genadiya Drozdov, Misha Karpuk, Ales Shaternik, Julia Shaternik. There were presented 34 works of Belarusian artists of different ages and different styles — from realism to abstraction and impressionism and cubism.
Vinokourov: "While we have only one room, there is an exhibition taking place, and under this hall there are still about the same size room. We remantuem it now — is already flooded with concrete floor, put a wall now. When we’re done — there will be constant exposure to it already has about 20 works that artists gave to Belarusian museum. "
At this point in the Belarusian Museum in New York — individual exhibition of the famous Belarusian artist Mikola Kupavy.
Exhibition "Figures Belarusian land" opened on 3 June and the beginning of the celebrations in the United States for the anniversary of Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas. Organizers call it the first true museum exhibition at the level of organization: the role of the grand opening of the Belarusians and recognizable to the general public, the role of the artist. Mikola Kupava came to America for the first time. I talked to him when he was in New York:
"The opening of the exhibition itself — everything was successful. I drove here this exhibition — Belarus — here I did not hesitate. Exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of Kolasa and Kupala, but I added and other works. "Figures of the Belarusian land" — and there Euphrosyne of Polotsk, and Cyril of Turov and Vseslav Warlock and Vytautas Lofty … so it was lovely and big. Gathered at the show — and it was 60 people, for sure, maybe more — they took the exhibition. The audience was very pleased, and asked, I said.
Best of all — it is a meeting with famous people and the Belarusian Society of America, and a young, unknown. There is quite young Belarusians who helped me and make directory, and posters, and hang the work … That such a meeting — the most pleasant. And the opening of the exhibition — this, of course, the most exciting, most memorable, as the people came, which I had heard but never beheld, and it is such a romance come true. "
Mikola Kupava states that during his own creative life had exhibitions 70-80 — though he did not count them. In Belarus a year, says the artist, the exhibition is 3-4. About 15 of them — individual, including abroad, but in America this individual exhibition — first.
M.Kupava V.Kipel and in the opening of the exhibition "Figures Belarusian land" in the Belarusian Museum in New York
Kupava "Vytautas seething said at the opening ceremony that if Belarusians purchased space for the church in 1950-60’s, then made famous emigre artists exhibition. And that’s just at the moment it is resumed. I think that it will be successfully developed, which is very necessary here and Belarusian society in America, as it should be to strengthen and consolidate a bit, it’s very fundamentally. "
And on another continent, in adjacent Lithuania aired another Belarusian art exhibition, which became an important event in the cultural life of Vilnius. Andrei Antonov photo exhibition in Vilnius guests called truly successful debut in "real environment": previously it works could behold exclusively on the Web. Andrei Antonov, until now more recognizable writer and poet, states that photographic art for him at the moment more and more urgent.
Andrei Antonov studied in Moscow and Vilnius, where he lived for the past 15 years. He grew up in the Belarusian-Armenian family» and lived in Mogilev — Belarusian province is divided so defined boundary of the capital, and now other boundaries separate the creator from Minsk. Modern Belarusian art, art metropolis, though Minsk is, but there are creators, which is separated from Minsk not only and not so much "physical" boundary. Boundary is in the aesthetic space, says Andrew. When I questioned him about the boundaries and emigration, we ran across the Belarusian to the roots.
A.Antonav: "I think an artist has no special significance of his ethnic origin. But, on the other hand, the cultural background, where you grew up, inevitably has an impact. And without this specific experience, without this cultural bekgraunda nothing.
Poklad: "And you feel Belarusian?"
Antonov: "Well, yes."
Poklad: "Since you — a poet, a writer, who writes in Belarusian?"
Antonov: "No, it — least of all. This part of the activity for me at the moment than just burning. No, it’s not a word, not in the language. Here’s another — for example, the specific design of the Belarusian towns Bialystok" Niva "with Merkle Lenika Tarasevicha reproductions, completely the same weird museum majestically Russian war in Minsk with pictures Savitsky … Anyway what beheld in childhood, inevitably has an impact. "
Poklad: "All of this together makes the Belarusian creator?"
Antonov: "It’s roots. There are these roots, origins, and they do not fight."
A.Antonav also said that a lot of pictures of a teenager — were contests, ENEA medal — and after more than 10 years did not photographed — it happened. Two years back the daughter, Julia, and she has played a significant role in the return of Andrei Antonov to the art of photography — that’s what I heard during the opening of the exhibition in Vilnius.
Organize an exhibition abroad easier than in Belarus?
After the first exhibition Andrei Antonov, which opened July 1 in Vilnius gallery "Galera" on District will soon be another exhibition in the Lithuanian town Shyrvintase. Relatively exhibitions in Belarus artist conceived, plans, looks like no.
Antonov: "In Belarus, the failure to exhibit space. If only 70 galleries in Vilnius precisely is, and show their work if they are worth it and if you wish, there is not much prepyadstviya then in Belarus practiced almost one photo gallery "New." So it turns out that in order to show their work in Belarus, you need to go to a different level of relations with the narrow range of curators, gallery owners with — maybe I would get a taste of them, but not very even hunt and deal with such things. "
Emigration Belarusian art?
Belarusian artworks are not only exhibited abroad — jobs that make Belarusian painters and in the homeland and abroad, perhaps almost to a greater part of their own and remain abroad. Maybe emigration from Belarus added to the same emigration Belarusian art?
Antonov: "I do not think any" final "occurs. "Biennial" Venetian, do not know how this year, but in 2005 showed that the Belarusian art has something to show. Another thing that is missing is alive in Belarus gallery activities. It’s just the lack of social life — at least, such that there is abroad, including the Belarusian art. "
A.Vinakurav: "Emigration of Belarusian art? Maybe it’s not immigration, and integration into the world of art. Belarusian art in general is not integrated into the global art. I do not think there’s emigration, I hope that is the opening for around the world Belarusian art. "
Belarusian Art in New York
Ales Vinokourov, one of the organizers of the Belarusian Museum in New York, also said that individual exhibition Nicholas Kupavy behold there will be another month, somewhere in the beginning of August, more planned exhibition of Vladimir Novak, later, maybe — Eugene Shatokhina and Gennady Drosdova.
"Belarusian Museum in New York, collects his own foundation works for the same exposure, about 20 works by the painter from Belarus have already transferred to the Museum. Museum transferred their work A. Marachkin, Ya.Shatohin, A.Shaternik, many others. We invite those artists who can work one or two to donate Museum. We strive to to be able to work at the same painters for the Museum of bathe, but at the moment we are just starting and do not yet have such abilities. Of course, we are not trying to rob Belarusian painters, but such an opportunity — to exhibit his work here in New York, and in the interests of painters. This case is such that all will really benefit if they work at the Museum, then it will be easier and artists, and we, the organizers. "
Ales Vinokurov said that with the Belarusian Museum in New York painters can contact themselves — on the website of the museum http://belmuseum.org have addresses, phone, has the form, which can be complete and send, and all are likely to tell. And can be contacted through Minsk painters — Ales Shaternik, Gennady Drozdov, Mikola Kupavy. You can also call the New-york to number 001 646-234-9240 or send an email to the address email@example.com.
Young Belarusian painters in New York 06.06.2006