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"The Recreated Masterpiece" at the Book Museum

"The Recreated Masterpiece" at the Book Museum
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An opening of the exhibition “Recreated Masterpiece” will take place on March 30. A unique copper plate of the 17th century with the recreated from it portrait engraving of Jan III Sabieski made using ancient technology will be presented for the first time.

A unique exhibit is presented from the private collection of the collector Aleg Sudliankou, the technology of printing engravings from a rare board was recreated by graphic artist Viktar Sauchanka.

Mr Alies Susha, Deputy Director General of the National Library of Belarus addressed the audience with a welcome speech. He recalled the importance of returning our historical and cultural monuments and their popularization. He emphasized that the exhibition is a good example of cooperation in this area of public and private initiatives.


Mr Aleg Sudliankou, bibliophile and collector of engravings and ex-libris spoke about the history of the masterpiece and its artistic features. He also thanked the National Library for the opportunity to present the unique plate and engraving at the museum's display for a wide range of visitors.


Mr Viktar Sauchanka, graphic artist shared the secrets of the technology of creating mederites and printing from engraving plates. With the direct participation of the master, a video film was made for the exhibition, highlighting in detail the laborious method of creating prints using the mederite technique.


In his speech, Mr Piotr Krauchanka bibliophile and collector stressed that the exhibition allows one to get closer to the masterpieces of book graphics and noted the importance of the event for the preservation and strengthening of traditions and relationships in the cultural space between peoples.

At the end of the event, Mr Aleg Sudliankou donated the engraving made from the original plate to the collections of the National Library of Belarus, and also conducted a unique author's tour of the exhibition for guests and participants of the event.

The exhibition "The Recreated Masterpiece" will run at the Book Museum (room 347) until May 30, 2021.
The end date is subject to change.

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the opening hours of the Book Museum.
Admission is by the library card or by the Social and Cultural Centre ticket.

Bibliology Research Department