On 24 October 2008, an exhibition of Belarusian posters, entitled “Visual Code of the Time: Post-Soviet Art in Belarus”, has opened in a Berlin gallery Für Fortgeschrittene.
Berlin is the second European capital that hosts the travelling exhibition organised by the Office for a Democratic Belarus with the support of the Bratislava office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Prior to its arrival in Germany, the exhibition was on display in Warsaw’s Zoya Gallery.
The opening ceremony in Berlin featured some of the artists of the presented works. Among them were Liudmila Kalmaeva and the Chairman of the Belarusian Union of Designers, Dzmitry Surski – the authors of the idea of creating a collection of Belarusian posters.
Dzmitry Surski said the project provides a great opportunity to introduce the European public to works of prominent Belarusian masters of the genre. He has also pointed out that such projects often receive support from national governments in countries such as Poland and Japan, as they are seen as an important instrument for promoting national culture and arts abroad.
Global themes and universal symbols used by the authors of the presented works should also help the promotion of Belarusian art. In fact, the country’s masters of poster design have already achieved a great deal of success and critical acclaim at international specialised contests.
The Office for a Democratic Belarus expresses its gratitude to the Für Fortgeschrittene gallery and all the partners that helped make this project possible.
On 5 November, the exhibition will open in Dresden’s Aquarium club.