September 13, 2015 the solemn opening of the permanent exhibition of the City art gallery of L. Shchemelev was held to the new address, in the historical centre in the Upper town on the Revolutionary Street 10.
"Everything I embody to the canvas is my life. This is the story of my homeland. It is the memory as one of the most cherished concepts. These are the people I really love. And nature, without which one cannot imagine its existence".
In the midst of festive events are dedicated to the Day of city , the branch Museum of the history of the city of Minsk will be opened a permanent exhibition of paintings of folk artist of Belarus, laureate of the State prize of the Republic of Belarus, cavalier of the order of Francis Skaryna, a veteran of the great Patriotic war Shchemelev Leonid Dmitrievich.
Leonid Dmitrievich Shchemelev is considered the leading master of the Belarusian art. He was born in Vitebsk (1923) and he was living in Minsk most of his life. In 1959 he had graduated from the Belarusian state theatre and art Institute (now Belarusian state Academy of arts), becoming the first graduates of the Department of painting. Since that time till our days Leonid Dmitrievich is an active participant in numerous solo and international exhibitions.
In 2010 for a series of works "The Palette of my time" he was awarded the title of laureate of the Union state prize in literature and art. The works by L. Schemelev are in the collections of leading museums and galleries of Belarus, Russia and in private collections around the world.
Today, 60 paintings were donated by the master of Minsk in 2003, moved from the silverfish in the heart of the historical centre of the capital and accessible to a wider range of audience. In addition to works from the collection of the City art gallery works L. Schemelev will feature the works from collections of the National art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.
A new exhibition "Opening the painting" is a visual retrospective of the artist, revealing the main periods and trends, genre and thematic preferences of the author since the 1970-ies till the beginning of 2000-ies. Presented large-scale historical canvases ("native field", "Vitebsk in the war of 1812"); panoramic landscapes of Belarus Naroch, Lepilina, Logoysk district, in the vicinity of Minsk and Vitebsk; portraits of friends and relatives; philosophical, nostalgic and lyrical still lifes.
All of this reveals are the most striking facets of wide creative freedom of the artist, his author's individuality.
Address: Revolutionary Street 10.
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