ALTERNATIVE ART

Alternative arts spots offer you the spirit of modernity mixed with the authentic Belarusian culture. Make sure you find time to check their temporary exhibitions to understand better the dreams and aspirations of young creative souls in Belarus and to support their aspirations by buying original locally produced souvenirs from them.

Y Gallery (Галерэя “Ў”)

Y Gallery (Галерэя “Ў”)
Not sure if there is something called Belarusian underground art? If you have by now come to the conclusion that Minskers are mostly old-fashioned ladies in museums or worn-looking men having a drink from plastic cups in Centralny supermarket, you should definitely pay a visit to Y Gallery. The gallery is hiding just behind the buildings near the Plošča Pieramohi (Victory Square) obelisk. The name of the gallery in Belarusian reflects its alternative spirit: the "Ў" letter is unique to Belarusian alphabet. The chill-out atmosphere of the gallery is best felt in a café where white tables, free WiFi and a selection of wines inspire lengthy discussions about cultural and social projects. Many of those projects take place in the gallery itself. Y Gallery hosts discussions about the future of Europe, the place of Belarus in Europe and gives space to the European Café ( http://n-europe.eu/eurocafe) and many other initiatives.  The nearby book shop LohvinaU (“ЛогвінаЎ”) offers art enthusiasts the albums of modern Belarusian photographers and artists. One can also buy here pARTisan magazine (http://partisanmag.by) dedicated to modern Belarusian art. The name of the magazine refers to the image of Belarus as a country of partisans/guerillas that fought against Germans during World War II. Modern Belarusian culture is in a way a guerilla/partisan movement, segmented into numerous smaller groups that rarely cooperate. pARTisan attempts to unite those dispersed movements into a better interacting cultural elite.
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  • Address: 37 Niezaliežnasci Ave (Metro station Plošča Pieramohi)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-22:00, Sat-Sun NOON-22:00
  • Contact data: +375 17 286 31 68, +375 17 284 53 99
  • Website: Y Gallery

CECH

CECH
CECH creative cluster occupies the premises of an abandoned plant, jammed between two teaching blocks of the State University of Informatics and behind the car wash in Pietrusia Brouki street. The sad destiny of once successful industrial giant and the cluster’s unique atmosphere will inspire any creative soul that wants to experience Minsk free from the kitsch of art shows. CECH is a newbie in the Minsk art space, yet it has already earned a reputation of a place that is able to host significant events such as World Press Photo 2013 exhibition, BY NOW exhibition and presentation of young Belarusian photographers or master classes and discussions with foreign experts. CECH is also the place for you to buy a souvenir at a locally run hand-made market or to check the offer of the only charity shop in Minsk, Kali Laska.
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  • Address: 58 Niezaliežnasci Ave, room 6, (entrance from P. Brouka St.), 1st floor Getting there: Metro station Akademija Navuk (15-minute walk), Bus No 100 (stop Vulica Pietrusia Brouki)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00-22:00
  • Contact data: + 375 29 686-83-33
  • Website: CECH

Padzemka

Padzemka
Padzemka was the only alternative art space in Minsk in the middle of 00’s when Y Gallery or CECH were not there yet. This space used to host exhibitions, sell rare vinyl and CD records as well as independently published poems, novels, magazines and photo albums by Belarusian authors. Nowadays, it sells extraordinary handmade goods, ranging from armchairs to exclusive accessories. The shop is open to urban subcultures, offering graffiti paint tins, hookah or board games.
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  • Address: 43 Niezaliežnasci Ave (Metro station Plošča Pieramohi)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00-20:00
  • Contact data: +375 17 288-20-36
  • Website: Padzemka