Leonid Shchemelev
Spring, 2000
Oil on canvas, 40 in x 50 in
Private American Collection

 

For the first time in its history, The Museum of Russian Art is presenting an exhibition of paintings from Belarus.  Spanning the last forty years, the exhibition features works by eight Belarusian artists providing a glimpse into the art of this Eastern European country.  Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Belarus emerged as an independent country in 1991, had its first presidential election in 1994 and has been run by the same president ever since.  The artworks on view feature a range of styles, from realist to post-symbolist and abstract to modern Naïve.  Some of these remarkable artworks pay homage to the artists’ famous countrymen, Vitebsk-born Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich, who taught in Vitebsk.  The earliest works in the exhibition date from the 1980s, while the most recent works are from the past decade.

Belarusian Paintings: from Traditionalism to Contemporary Expression will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery June 26 – Sept 12, 2021.