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Opening Doors to Belarusian Art
May 27, 2011   
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Politics, propaganda, tradition, culture and the state of Belarusian society are among the main topics of a collective exhibition at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, entitled Opening Doors? New Belarusian Art.

One of the largest exhibitions of Belarusian art in Warsaw to date, it explores some of the key problems faced by the rapidly changing country and also deals with more universal issues. Artists featured in the exhibition live both in Minsk and Western Europe and so the project gives the divided art scene of Belarus an opportunity to reunite on the neutral turf of Warsaw. The exhibition was shown in Europe for the first time at the Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, Lithuania.

As one of its objectives, the exhibition aims to help Belarusians look at their own art from the outside and without any taboos. Most of the displayed works deal in one way or another with problems Belarusians encounter on a daily basis, but only a few of the works boldly tackle issues which hardly anyone discusses publicly.

The project may create new outlets for the Belarusian art, which is somewhat isolated and unfamiliar to international audiences.

The exhibition comes with a catalogue in English, Russia and Lithuanian with an insert in Polish. It has been organized along with a series of events during which Belarusian artists and academics will put contemporary Belarusian art in a broader cultural perspective.

The featured artists include Anna Chkolnikova, Lena Davidovich, Oksana Gurinovich and Artur Klinau.

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