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The porcelain exhibition was launched by the Belarus National Library

The porcelain exhibition was launched by the Belarus National Library
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The exhibition "Assorted Porcelain" debuted on January 12 at the Exhibition complex (room 104) of the National Library of Belarus.

The attendees were welcomed by Aksana Knizhnikava, Director General of the National Library of Belarus. Viktor Suvorov, a collector, the author of the collection, and board member of the Belarusian Republican Public Association of Collectors, and Boris Vasiliev, a collector, spoke about the exhibits, their value, and the process of gathering the collection.


There are about 500 porcelain items on display in the exhibition, including fairy-tale and literary heroes, circus performers, ballerinas and street musicians, images of animals, busts of composers, poets and writers, plaques, plates, mugs, inkwells, pencil cases, sets and other interior items, as well as porcelain with sentimental and pastoral subjects, New Year's and space themes..

A special pride of the collection are porcelain figurines of fairy-tale characters “Little Red Riding Hood and the Gray Wolf" (Germany, second half of the 20th century), "Buratino" (Leningrad Porcelain Factory, Russia, the 20th century), "The Magic Swan Geese" (Dulevsky Porcelain Factory, Russia, the 20th century), etc.

The porcelain figurines "Ballerina Stork" and "Ballerina Cat" (Dmitrov Porcelain Factory (Verbilki), Russia, second half of the 20th century) stand out among the various genre sculptures of vocalists, actors, musicians, circus performers, and dancers. Sculptors I. Apakovich and M. Intizaryan were inspired by the performance "The Stork", the first children's ballet staged in 1937 by students of the Moscow Choreographic School when they created the figurines. It is noteworthy that the role of the central character of the ballet “The Kitten” was played by a third-grade pupil Maya Plisetskaya.

Several showcases in the exhibition are occupied by unique figurines of the animal world from different continents of the globe, including animals listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus.

Visitors will not be left indifferent by the compositions of porcelain vases of different sizes, the pride of the series can be considered vases of different colors, released in the 1950s.

The exhibition brought together porcelain from factories in Belarus, Russia, and various European countries.

The exhibit, draws on the collection of the National Library of Belarus, features albums of reproductions, encyclopedias, devoted to the history of the origin of porcelain, and the growth of its manufacture globally. It also enables to compare porcelain products from different countries. Visitors may also be interested in books that porcelain figure sculptors used as inspiration, such as Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood from 1923, which features illustrations by the talented children's book illustrator V. Konashevic.

We welcome you to savour the delicate beauty of porcelain and to awe at its artistic production until December 12, 2023.
The end date of the exhibition can be changed.

The ticket price is as follows:

  • Adults – 7,00 BYN
  • Students of secondary, specialized and higher educational institutions (upon presentation of the document) – 5,00 BYN
  • Family ticket (2 adults and a child under 16) – 11,00 BYN
  • Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children under 16) – 13,00 BYN
  • Family ticket (large families, upon presentation of the document) – 13,00 BYN

Free of charge:

  • Children under 7 years old and children from orphanages, people with disabilities (upon presentation of the document)
  • Accompanying groups of schoolchildren, pupils of educational institutions (1 person per 10 children)

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

For more info: (+375 17) 368 37 37, 293 27 50.

The article is provided by the Public Relations Department.

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