Belarusian National Arts Museum
When you look at the strict and magnificent building of Belarusian National Arts Museum - located just off the city's main artery, Niezaliežnasci Avenue, the first thing that comes up on your mind is: Stalin's era. Indeed, the museum’s current headquarters dates back to 1957 (4 years after Stalin’s death) when the collection was finally accommodated after years of changing premises and homes.
The National Arts Museum is a popular art destination for Minskers and tourists. Like many museums in the world, every mid-May it joins the Long Night of Museums. That’s when all museums and galleries, both private and state-run, open up their doors, offering diverse programs with musical, drama and even circus performances. However, be prepared to spend quite a long time in queues, which are business as usual for infamously patient Belarusians.
The building of the Museum was designed by a young architect Mikhail Baklanov as an example of Stalinist Empire style. It features a massive façade with columns enriched with sculptural reliefs and the allegories of “Painting” (by Pyotr Belousov) and “Sculpture” (by Sergey Adashkevich). The pediment is crowned with the sculpture “Glory” by Andrey Bembel.
BOOKMARK The strict façade hides the colonnade of the front lobby covered with carpets and even stricter-looking attendants who have hardly changed their looks since the Museum first opened its doors…
Unlike many European museums that employ young or middle-aged people with creative and positive attitude as gallery attendants http://gala.onthemount.net/?p=71#more-71, Belarusian National Arts Museum entrusts its collections mostly to the older generation of attendants. Watching them can sometimes bring you as much pleasure as exploring the galleries themselves. Deadly serious but oddly beautiful ladies of the Arts Museum will most probably reprehend you for your looks, for talking too loudly or for getting dangerously close to artifacts. Don't take their criticism too personally; treat it rather as an ultimate expression of professional enthusiasm. Smile to them and impress them with your newly acquired Russian or Belarusian skills. You have already learned how to say dziakuj, haven't you?
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