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Exhibitions 2019

Biełaruskaja Łacinka

The exhibition is dedicated to the Belarusian Latin alphabet (or Łacinka), which is a special element of the Belarusian culture. It presents literary monuments created in Belarusian with the use of the Latin alphabet from the 17th century to the present days.

A separate section of the exhibition shows the history of the development of the Latin alphabet and presents Belarusian language primers, anthologies and grammar books by Karuś Kahaniec, Rudolf Abicht, Janka Stankievič, Vaclau Lastouski, Branislaw Tarashkyevich and others.

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Encyclopedia. The National Project

The exhibition is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first Belarusian universal encyclopedia. The exposition is based on materials from the collections of the National Library of Belarus, the publishing house "Belarusian Encyclopedia named after Petrus Brovka," the National Archives, and the Literary Museum of Petrus Brovka.

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The Keepers of Rarities

The exhibition is timed to the 40th anniversary of the Biblioligy Research Department of the National Library of Belarus. Archival documents, rare photos, book rarities and memorabilia, dedicated to the history and activity of the department, are on display.


Out of the Shadow: the unknown original of the Brest Bible

The original from the private collection of bibliophile Sergei Putilin has been presented to the public. The book has never been exhibited before and is little known and unexplored in academic circles.
The exhibition also presents a unique Belarusian and Western European publications of the 1560s.


VARIA. From the Foundation of Vladimir Likhodedov

The exposition presents rare publications of the 16th–17th centuries including Sigismund III Vasa King’s Privilege to the Uniate monastery in Minsk (1617); unique hand-written registration books of religious institutions of the 17th–19th centuries (metrics, books of premarital examinations and others); the unique manuscript of the Belarusian Tatars (Kitab); printed books of the 18th century. The 1841 issues of the Grodno Provincial Gazette – one of the first Belarusian newspapers of the 19th century – are also on display.

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Notre-Dame de Paris: More than Cathedral

As a gesture of solidarity and sympathy, the Book Museum has prepared a mini-exhibition dedicated to Notre-Dame Cathedral, which runs since 16 April. The exhibition presents the editions of the famous novel by Victor Hugo (the 1830s), etchings with the views of Notre-Dame by artist Charles Meryon (the 1850s), the cathedral’s interior from Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation album (1804), the outlines of the cathedral on the map of Paris (1734) etc.


The Way to the Constitution

The exhibition is timed to the Day of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and the anniversaries of the constitutions. 2019 marks the 490th anniversary of the First Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the 100th anniversary of the first Constitution of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Belarus, and the 25th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.

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The Republic Manifesto

The exhibition centerpiece is numerous periodicals, which cover the fateful events and public reaction to them in contemporary society. The unique materials are on display: documents with the famous Manifesto of 1919, the manuscript of the first head of the SSRB government, Dmitry Zhilunovich (Tishka Gartny), rare books, newspapers, magazines, postcards and maps reflecting the state borders of the era. All publications are from the library’s collections.

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