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From January 10 to March 2, the Singer of Humanism exhibition is taking place on the ring corridor of the 2nd floor. The exhibition is dedicated to the 550th birth anniversary of the educator and poet Mikola Gussovsky (~ 1470 - after 1533).

Among the pleiad of glorious Renaissance names, one of the places of honor belongs to Mikola Gussovsky, a representative of Novolatian poetry, one of the founders of the lyre-epic poem genre in Eastern European literature. There are many examples in the history of the world culture when the compatriots discovered and realized the true meaning of a great writer only after many decades and even centuries. This is precisely the fate of Mikola Gussovsky, who received European glory and true recognition only four centuries after his death.

The poem by Mikola Gussovsky The Song about the Bison is the most famous work, which is destined for a long life and great glory. The work is imbued with love for the native land and a deep sense of the homeland as a place of the one and only. The poem has become an outstanding monument of literary heritage and spiritual greatness of the East Slavic peoples.

The exhibition has about 150 documents. Encyclopedias, books, articles from periodicals about the life path, the worldview and educational activities of the famous humanist poet are presented.

The editions of Song about Zubr are presented in Belarusian, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Books were published in different years and were illustrated by such famous artists as Arlen Kashkurevich, Vladimir Savich, Sergey Khorevsky.

Among the documents presented at the exhibition is a publication that was initiated by the Belarusian graphic artist Yuri Yakovenko. The book was published in Italy, created on handmade paper with uneven torn edges, as artisans once did. 13 engravings in the Renaissance style were created by the artist specifically for this publication and signed by the author. 130 copies in total make the circulation of the publication, the 33rd copy is exhibited at the exhibition.

It will also be interesting to get acquainted with the facsimile edition of the works of M. Gussovsky, The Song about the Bison, A New and Glorious Victory over the Turks in the Month of July, St. Hyacinth's Life and Feats", which was published in Lithuania in 2007.

The exhibition is addressed to a wide circle of readers interested in the literature, history and culture of Belarus.

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.

Admission is by library card or by the ticket of the library's social and cultural center.

For more info: (+375 17) 293 29 80.

Gallery and Exhibition Department