Belarus is a country in Eastern Europe. It borders Russia to the east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest.
Belarus is the largest in the territory of a European state (of entirely located in Europe) are not landlocked. The population is estimated at 1 January 2013 is 9,463,300 people. Area of the country - 207.6 thousand. Km ².
State languages include Belarusian and Russian. Capital is Minsk. Currency - the Belarusian ruble.
Welcome to Belarus, the most friendly and always open to our country. There are numerous signs of the Soviet era mixed with elements of contemporary architecture in the background "courts and kings" and high-rise buildings. Baggy communist pamphlets coexist with narrow cobbled streets, which liked to wander Marc Chagall, and next to the tiny villages of towering castles of the XVI century, keeping a great mysteries Radziwill dynasty.
Coming in a couple of streets, you can step up to 40 years ago, going to the store or GUM. Before setting off for the famous Belarusian knitwear, try these pancakes in the dining room or visit the local museum of Yanka Kupala, do not forget to buy Belarusian "rublёu" and feel like a millionaire, because there is still around Soviet thousands and millions.
Urban sculpture and monuments tell of the historical and present-day Belarus as well as any museum. More people will talk. In big cities, almost all of the population speaks in Russian. But formally in the country's two official languages. Therefore, if there is a desire to master the "basics" of the Belarusian language, help signboards of shops, theaters, movies, and more public transport, where the stops are still announced as "nastupny prypynak."
Belarusians rightly call their country "the lungs of Europe". Air, even in large cities is clean. Walk and breathe as deeply as possible - that's what you need to do here in the evenings. Already ten o'clock on the avenues life fades, as if all comes unofficial curfew. Of course, somewhere in full swing nightlife, clubs in Belarus enough, but on the streets and in the parks of the use of alcohol, smoking and even kissing is discouraged for reasons of preservation of the public peace.
5 things you need to do in Belarus are:
- Save a keepsake pink badge of Minsk subway
- Find the treasures of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh Castle
- Admire night Minsk from a viewing platform library
- See the telescope planetarium in Minsk Gorky Park
- A ride on the tram through the forest in Novapolatsk Contemporary art of Belarus Contemporary art is inherent in the diversity of visual experiments.
Against this background, the Belarusian art looks pretty traditional. However, the national art school is not committed to a single academic artistic realization.
Drawing, painting, photography, and other art forms are developed in line with modern visual trends. There is a mix of styles and interaction inherent in European art. Belarus art of the last fifteen or twenty years, and tend to a variety of philosophical generalization of artistic images. Much more active exhibition activity, hosts international open-air festivals and exhibition projects, artists are actively seeking their way into the mainstream of international trends.
Formed a new generation of Belarusian artists capable of unprejudiced perception of a wide variety of trends in the world of art. Easel painting Belarus last decades different renewed interest in painting emphasized the quality of color. Virtually disappear huge TV story-themed paintings that are so characteristic of Soviet art. Of interest is the originality of plastic language, full of aesthetic impact. In place of the art theme art came metaphors and concepts. For Belarusian sculpture characteristic as the preservation of traditions of academic excellence, and to experiment with new materials and technologies. System of art education in Belarus has changed little in appearance and looks like this: children's art school - Art School - Academy of Art.
Belarusian State Academy of Arts - the only art academy in the country, giving the classical higher education in the field of drawing, painting, sculpture, monumental and decorative art, design, art. Higher artistic education is also available at art-graphic faculty of the Vitebsk State University, Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts. Niche exhibition activity sufficiently tightly holds the Belarusian Union of Artists, which has in Minsk Belarus' largest exhibition hall - "Palace of Arts" area of over 1000 square meters, as well as showrooms in all major cities of Belarus. Belarusian art still suffers from long-term isolation.
The country has not carried out any biennial or triennial or other major international exhibition of contemporary art. Belarusian artists still not officially take part in the most important exhibitions of art. Based on the foregoing, it becomes clear why foreign curators or do not work at all with the Belarusian artists, or work with Belarus on the passport or place of birth - immigrants, graduates of European Academies of Arts, living in the West, or with rare Belarusian artists who have contacts with European or American galleries.