Exhibition of Belarusian Posters Opens in Brussels Again

Dear friends,

The Office for a Democratic Belarus, the Centre culturel Forest (Brussels) and Association Culturelle Joseph Jacquemotte, have the pleasure to invite you to the exhibition Visual code of the time: post-Soviet poster art in Belarus.

The exhibition represents the works of 19 designers and demonstrates the impact that important socio-political transformation taking place in Belarus in the mid 1980s-1990s had on the country’s poster art. It has already been seen by the audiences of Warsaw, Berlin, Dresden, Trieste, Granarolo, and Toulouse. In January 2009 it was also available for Brussels’ citizens at Aula Toots which was kindly supported by Administration Communale d’Evere.

The exhibition opens at 19:00 on April 23 at the Cultural Centre Forest (av. Van Volxem 1190 Forest, trams 82 and 97, stop Wiels)

For many years posters served to embed certain slogans and graphic symbols of the Soviet regime and communist ideology in people’s minds. They acquired an almost iconographic meaning. However, the situation has changed in the mid 1980-s. At that time Belarus was still one of the Soviet Republics, but the era when the role of an artist was reduced to that of a functionary meekly carrying out political orders was becoming a thing of the past…

The opening of the exhibition will be followed by a small reception and the presentation of a catalogue that includes 44 reproductions of Belarusian posters of different periods accompanied by explanatory texts in the English, French, Italian, and Belarusian languages.

The entrance is free.

The exhibition will be on display until May 7, 2009.

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

To see the photos