Yesterday sunny Brussels hosted the opening of the exhibition ‘Visual code of the time: post-Soviet poster art in Belarus’. It was the second presentation of this exhibition in Brussels. After the Administration Communale d’Evere and Curieus Evere, the Centre culturel Forest expressed its great interest in presenting Belarusian posters to Brussels’ public.
It is in fact the first exhibition presented in the newly opened Centre culturel Forest. The centre was inaugurated only in September 2008, however, the building, which hosts it, has a long history. During more than one century it hosted the Wielemans Ceuppens brewery, which closed in stages during 1982-1988. After that, the site has been abandoned for almost 20 years. Some years ago local authorities decided to blow a new live to the spot, creating the cultural centre and making it profitable for the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
The exhibition was opened by representatives from the Office for a Democratic Belarus ( Brussels), the Centre culturel Forest and Association Culturelle Joseph Jacquemotte, which organised the event. The exhibition 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. The attendants of the vernissage showed a great interest in presented Belarusian posters and political and social issues they reflect, and had a chance to discuss it with the organisers.
The exhibition has already been on display in six European cities including Warsaw, Berlin, Dresden, Trieste, Granarolo and Toulouse. Thirty works of well-known Belarusian designers will be on display inthe Centre culturel Forest until May 7, 2009.
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.