Museum Quarter to appear in Minsk in 10 years


The construction of the capital Museum Quarter that will unite the buildings of the Belarusian National Art Museum in Kirova St., Lenina St. and Karla Marxa St., will take about ten years, museum director Vladimir Prokoptsov told reporters on March 30 in Minsk.

“I think we will construct the museum complex in ten years. It will be a truly unique museum quarter,” he said. Earlier, it was planned to finish the Museum Quarter construction in 2017 or 2020.

According Prokoptsov, after the full-scale reconstruction, the museum will turn into the “Museum of the 21st century that will be a real scientific and educational center, a cultural and educational institution.”

The Museum Quarter will feature “exhibition halls of the European level with climate control, where it’ll be possible to host the best world exhibitions.”

In addition, it will comprise a cafe, a restaurant, a gift shop and game rooms for children.

“One will enter the Museum Quarter in the morning and leave it only at night,” the museum director assures.

Today, the main task is “to preserve and promote the history and national culture.” In Prokoptsov’s viewpoint, the development of Belarusian museums is “an investment in the future, in the next generation and in the education.”

“Only using our works and national Belarusian art masterpieces, we can bring up active, harmoniously developed personalities who will respect their culture, history, will love their country – Belarus,” added Prokoptsov.

It’s worth saying that in 2010 the project on the Museum Quarter creation in Minsk was supported by Alexander Lukashenko, but the active phase of the complex construction began only last year.

Prokoptsov says that on the basis of the National Art Museum it is planned to create a restoration center. It will deal not only with the national museum funds, but also with those of other museums; this center will also restore individual works of art on private individuals’ requests. Moreover, the center will be able to train specialists in the field of restoration, including graduates of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts.

“We would like to manage the whole process, to train professionals, to conduct the proper training. It is indispensable to establish succession, allowing our senior restoration artists to share their skills with young artists. It’s not an easy process; it requires a creative approach, so not every graduate can become a cool restorer. One should love this profession,” stated Prokoptsov.

The Belarusian National Art Museum management shared the idea of the restoration center creation with the members of the Standing Committee of the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly on Education, Culture and Science on March 30.

“We hope that the deputies will see the conditions in which work our restoration artists who bring back to live masterpieces of our art. We hope for deputies’ support, especially that of the Committee on Culture and Education,” said the museum director.

In turn, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Education, Culture and Science Alexander Segodnik in an interview with reporters said that the restoration issue would be reflected in the Culture Code that will be considered by the Parliament in April.

Text by TUT.BY

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