Exhibition of Belarusian Poster Opens in Toulouse

Exhibition of Belarusian Poster Opens in Toulouse and Granarolo

Two more European cities got the chance to see a travelling exhibition of Belarusian posters ‘Visual code of the time: post-Soviet poster art in Belarus’.

Since February 28 until March 5, 2009 thirty works of the well-known Belarusian designers were on display in Italian city of Granarolo. The exhibition was hosted by the local administration at the library named after Gianni Rodari. The posters of ecology and Chernobyl problematic resonated in the audience most of all as each year this Italian city receives hundreds of Belarusian children from radioactively polluted areas of Belarus.

On March 11, the exhibition moved to a rose-bricked city of Toulouse which is in South of France. The exhibition opened a two-week festival of Belarusian culture, organized by the French association Kolbasso. The programme of the festival also includes screening of the documentary by Uladzimir Kolas ‘Ada’s Gallery’, and a concert of Zmietser Vaitsushkevich’s WZ-Orchestra.

The exhibition has already been on display in five European cities including Warsaw, Berlin, Dresden, Brussels, and Trieste. It focuses on the works of mid 1980s-1990s which according to the authors of the project, the Office for a democratic Belarus and the Belarusian Union of Designers, most brightly illustrate the impact that important socio-political transformation taking place in the country in that time had on poster art. Each exhibition opening is followed by a representation of catalogue featuring 44 copies of posters with explanatory notes in English, French, Italian, and Belarusian languages.

The Office for a Democratic Belarus extends its gratitude to the Robert Bosch Schiftung, the German Marshall fund of the United States and all other partners who helped make this project possible.