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The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk

The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus (the State Art Gallery from 1939 till 1957, the State Art Museum from 1957 till 1993) – the largest collection of the Belarusian and foreign art within the country – is located in the centre of Minsk, at Lenin Street, 20. More than thirty thousand works of art – creating twenty miscellaneous collections and comprising two main representative ones: the one of national art and the other of monuments of art of the countries and nations of the world – can be found on exposition, at the branches of the Museum and its depositories.

The Museum’s official history begins on January, 24 in 1939 when under the Resolution of the Council of People’s Commissars of the BSSR the State Art Gallery has been created in Minsk. It was located in the fifteen halls of the Highest Communist Agricultural School’s edifice.

As a result of the Declaration of Independence of Belarus and right after the collapse of the Soviet Union (the USSR), the Museum’s status and its cultural policy were thoroughly changed: since 1993 the Museum has been called the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

In the 1990s the Museum has been a large scientific, cultural and educational centre of Belarus. Since 1994 the Museum has kept its own archive; since 1989 it also houses the restoration workshops with a numerous staff of the restorers – professional specialists in different spheres. The rich library funds of the Museum are being constantly enriched with the latest special-purpose literature.

In 1999 the problems concerning the exhibition areas of the Museum were partly solved: in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus came into possession of a neighbouring five-storeyed building at Lenin Str., 22.

In 2000 another one Museum’s branch was opened in Minsk for the audience – “The Vankoviches’ House. Culture and Art of the first half of the 19th century”.

A museum is not only pictures and canvases, but it is also represented by people. It is due to their efforts that new masterpieces are being created, exhibitions are being organized, books and catalogues are being published, and works of art are being preserved, restored and advertised to the public. Nowadays the Museum has a staff of more than two hundred people.

Like any living creature, the Museum is continuously growing by enlarging its funds. The collection of the prerevolutionary Russian and Belarusian, of West-European, of Oriental, and of the Soviet Belarusian art nowadays includes more than 30 thousand works of art.

The Museum has entered the 21st century having excellent prospects of its further development and conversion into the largest exhibition complex in the Republic with a considerable research potential and restoration resources.

Museum's collection
Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. Odalisque
Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov
Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. The merchant's wife with purchases. Fragment
Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. Swamp. Polesie
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
1890, 89.5×142 cm
Philip Andreevich Malyavin. Baba
Philip Andreevich Malyavin
1916, 96×76 cm
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. Compressed field. Polesie landscape
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
1884, 71.5×117.5 cm
Ilya Efimovich Repin. Ukrainian near the fence
Ilya Efimovich Repin
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. At the gate. Siverskiy
Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin
1880-th , 55.7×34.6 cm
Ilya Efimovich Repin. Portrait Of L. P. Steinheil
Ilya Efimovich Repin
1895, 205.3×114.7 cm
Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovski. Morning on the sea
Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovski
1883, 110×163 cm
Vasily Grigorievich Perov. Old man
Vasily Grigorievich Perov
1874, 47×58 cm
Ilya Efimovich Repin. Portrait Of M. F. Andreyeva
Ilya Efimovich Repin
1905, 134×85 cm
Abram Anshelevich Manevich. Old Vitebsk
Abram Anshelevich Manevich
1920-th , 125.5×183 cm
Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev. Carnival
Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev
1919, 71.6×98.3 cm
Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov. Beyond The Volga
Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov
1922, 83×104.5 cm
Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. Portrait of M. V. Vasnetsov, the artist's son, in childhood
Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
1892, 80×63 cm
Ilya Efimovich Repin. Moonlit night. Zdravnevo.
Ilya Efimovich Repin
1896, 143×90.4 cm
Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov. Open window. Lilac.
Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov
1886, 49.4×39.7 cm
Zinaida Serebryakova. Katya and still life
Zinaida Serebryakova
1923, 101×76 cm
Yudel Pen. Portrait Of Marc Chagall
Yudel Pen
1914, 50×30 cm
Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi. Birch grove
Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi
1901, 163×115 cm