Ten centuries and one exhibition

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Such a great event – the exhibition ‘Ten centuries of Art in Belarus’ happens in our country once in a thousand years – told Uladzimir Prakaptsoŭ, the General Director of the National Art Museum at the official opening of this event.

Ten centuries and one exhibition

Cross of Saint Euphrosyne (exhibited only in the day of the opening). Created by Lazar Bohsha (1167), reconsructed by Mikalai Kuzmich (1997)

The great exhibition which is organized by Belgazprombank in cooperation with Gazprom Transgaz Belarus, the Ministry of Culture and the National Art Museum from March 27th till July10th 2014 will give everyone an opportunity to find out about the development of art in Belarus in its integrity and continuity. The idea of the exhibition belongs to Belgazprombank who initiated and is directly involved in the process of returning to their homeland works by artists who were born in Belarus. And the first step in this direction was made in creation a collection of artists from the School of Paris.

1588 Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Compiled by Leu Sapieha and Astafiy Valovich. Museum of History of Mahiliou

The culture and art experts make a point that corporate collection of Belgazprombank gives a possibility to compatriots to realize the scale of culture of their country, its importance in a global context and to open the unknown chapter in the history of the national culture.

The new pearls from the corporate collection of Belgazprombank are Walenty Wankowicz ‘Portrait of Tomasz Zan’, the unique pieces of art by Marc Chagall ‘The Green Landscape’ and ‘Clock in the flaming sky’, a masterpiece ‘Eva’ by Chaim Soutine will be presented to public for the first time at the exhibition ‘Ten centuries of art in Belarus’. Not only the pearls from the corporate collection will be demonstrated at the exhibition. In each hall the visitors will find a masterpiece: the Byzantine traditions hall will be presented by the rare example of folk religious art – straw royal gates of the XVIII century and the Vičyn treasure trove – one of the most famous Belarusian treasures found in 1979 near Ragachoŭ; in the Renaissance to Baroque hall the Crown of Torah will be exhibited for the first time; the 20th Century. Metamorphoses hall will present the masterpieces from Mikhail Savitsky ‘Partisan Madonna (of Minsk)’ to the ‘Project of the century. Twelve of the 20th’ by Uladzimir Tsesler and Siarhey Voichanka.

The crown for Torah. 18th–19th century. Museum of Belarusian Palesse, Pinsk

Walenty Wańkowicz 'Portrait of Tomasz Zan'. 1837–1839. Oil on canvas. Corporate collection of Belgazprombank

And only for one day – March 27th 2014 – will bring to Minsk from Polotsk the reconstruction of the Cross of Saint Euphrosyne created by Lazar Bohsha.

The slogan of the exhibition is ‘We make history together’. Together with the organizers and partners of the art-project ‘Ten centuries of Art in Belarus’ worked the international team: designers from Belarus, Lithuania and Russia. Lubov Leontieva (designer from Russia) transformed the space of the museum from the very entrance. The additional elements accent the attention on the pieces of art and emphasize the particularity of each of them.

Marc Chagall "The Green Landscape". 1948–1950. Oil on canvas. Corporate collection of Belgazprombank

Chaim Soutine 'Eva'. 1928. Oil on canvas. Corporate collection of Belgazprombank

Uladzimir Prakaptsoŭ the General Director of the National Art Museum marked that such a cultural event has never been presented in Belarus and added that everyone should visit this exhibition because the next one will be in a thousand years!

Let’s make history together!

Alena Kish 'A maiden in water'. 1930s–1940s. Oil on canvas. Zaslaŭye History and Culture Museum-Reserve

Mikhail Savitsky 'Partisan Madonna (of Minsk)'. 1978. Oil on canvas. National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus

Siarhey Voichanka, Uladzimir Tsesler 'Project of the century ‘Twelve of the 20th. Pablo Picasso'. 1999. Authors’s property

On December 16, 2014 Belgazprombank and Commerzbank AG signed the Basic Loan Agreement which gives Belgazprombank an access to long-term financing provided by the German bank under coverage of export credit agencies.

On December 19, 2014 Belgazprombank opened a correspondent account in Chinese yuans with Bank of China. Earlier, in September this year Belgazprombank opened correspondent accounts in Chinese yuans and US dollars in another Chinese bank, Agricultural Bank of China. 

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Belgazprombank was honored by Commerzbank AG with a Trade Award 2013 for high results in foreign trade financing achieved in cooperation with the German bank in 2013. This prize presented in Belarus for the first time also witnesses the recognition by the German bank of the high quality of trade finance services provided by Belgazprombank to its customers.

Belgazprombank received the Gold Award of the Banking Association for Central and Eastern Europe (BACEE) in the annual report competition.

On October 7, the Lithuanian Art Museum hosted the media preview and presentation of a documentary and educational television project “Belarus-Born Artists of the School of Paris. It was dedicated to the beginning of broadcasting on the Lithuanian television of the TV series of the same name consisting of 7 films.

IV International Theatre Forum TEART will take place in Minsk from September 27 to October 22, 2014. The audience will see 21 performancesin two programmes – international and additional off-programme “Belarus Open. Organisers of the forum are ART Corporation Visual and Performing Arts Centre and Belgazprombank OJSC, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus.General partner is Gazprom Transgaz Belarus OJSC.

On August 28, 2014 Belgazprombank and Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) signed the USD 10 million loan agreement with five years of maturity. This is the first project committed by EBD under its new Programme on development of agricultural sector adopted in 2013.

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Non-application of OFAC sanctions to Belgazprombank (“Bank)

On April 18, within the framework of the official visit to the Republic of Belarus, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova visited the National Art Museum of the Republic Belarus.

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