The art event of 2014 by Belgazprombank

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Ten Centuries of Art in Belarus is a grand exhibition project organized by OJSC Belgazprombank in cooperation with OJSC Gazprom Transgaz Belarus, the Ministry of Culture and the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

The art event of 2014 by Belgazprombank

The purpose of the exhibition is to present the art of Belarus as a lively and continuous process, integrated into the global art space. During four months residents and guests of Minsk (the capital of the Republic of Belarus) will be having a look at the remarkable pieces of the art of Belarus. Many of the exhibits will be on display for the first time. This great exhibition of Belarusian art pieces for ten centuries from Byzantium to the present day has been never collected to be displayed before at a single location! There are about 500 exhibits. They have been examined by art experts. Many of them have been restored. Anyway, the project involves almost all the museums of the country, including regional ones, and also private collectors and corporate collections.

The pearls of the exposition will be new acquisitions by Belgazprombank – the pieces of works by the outstanding artists who have not been displayed in their homeland Belarus yet.

First, viewers will have a look at the book “Rod of Government of 1667 by Simeon of Polotsk, two paintings by Marc Chagall and Chaim Soutine’s painting created in the heyday of the great artists. The “Portrait of Thomas Zahn by a famous artist of Romanticism Walenty Wankowicz is something special here. This is the only picture that has been currently returned to its historical homeland. The talented artist made the most of his works exactly in Belarus, but it did not have any originals by the master up to now. The museum’s branch “The House of the Wankowicz Family has been for 13 years, and last year the restored estate of the Wankowicz family began to work. The art heritage of the Wankowicz family was exported to other countries or lost during the two world wars.

The original book “Rod of Government of 1667 by Simeon of Polotsk will be displayed within the project “Ten Centuries of Art in Belarus. The photo has been published for the first time.

15 art experts from all the regions of Belarus and highly professional museum’s staff had taken part in this project. The best designers of Belarus, Lithuania and Russia had been engaged in the activities on the exhibition.

By the exhibition the catalogue will have been published in three languages. The catalogue multimedia version and audio guides for individual and family visiting will have been prepared also.

Each visitor will be provided with a free booklet with the exposition plan and its description. The texts in Belarusian, Russian and English for each section of the exhibition, and self-service terminals will give an up-close look at the exhibits. Within the project visitors will attend various concerts and film shows.

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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