“Culture is memory. That is why it is related to history and always implies continuity of moral, intellectual, spiritual life of society and mankind”
Project “Cultural heritage of Belarus”
Since 2015 the Development Bank has been implementing its own social project “Cultural Heritage of Belarus” with an aim to facilitate a deeper acquaintance of a wide audience with cultural riches of Belarusian people. Within the frames of the project the Bank annually publishes album books devoted to remarkable events and prominent figures of national culture and arts.
So far the Bank has published 4 albums:
Album “Alexandr Kishchenko. The Chronicler of the 20th century”;
Album “The Symphony of Centuries”;
Album "UNESCO Treasures of Belarus".
Albums of the project “Cultural Heritage of Belarus” take the rightful place in the collections of both connoisseurs and amateurs of Belarusian culture, and are sent free of charge to diplomatic representatives, consular offices and representative offices of international organizations in the Republic of Belarus.
Album “Alexandr Kishchenko. The Chronicler of the 20th century”
In May 2015 in the National Arts Museum of the Republic of Belarus the first album-book of the project “Cultural Heritage of Belarus” was presented - “Alexandr Kishchenko. The Chronicler of the 20th century”. The bright album with an original design is dedicated to artistic career of A.M.Kishchenko, holder of Francysk Skaryna medal, the Honoured Artist of Belarus, laurate of BSSR State Awards, and contains about 300 colour reproductions many of which are published for the first time.
The album was awarded with a sign "Golden Folio" in the nomination "ART-book" (publications of arts, facsimile editions, reprints and bibliographical publications) during the 55th National Contest “Book Arts-2016”, held during the XXIII Minsk International Book Fair.
Album “ Turov Rhapsody”
In 2016 on the day of the Bank’s 5th anniversary the wide audience was presented the second album-book of the project “Cultural Heritage of Belarus” – that is “Turov Rhapsody”, dedicated to history, culture and modern life of the Turov lands, a sacred place of Belarus which became one of the oldest cradles of Belarusian statehood. The album pages present the picturesque landscapes of Polesye and fascinating nature of the National park “Pripyat”, which are accompanied by inspired poetic and prosaic lines of writers devoted to this corner of our country.
Album “ Turov Rhapsody” was awarded with 1st Place Diploma of LVI National contest Book Arts-2017 in the category “For the Contribution to the Preservation of the Spiritual Heritage" and the 1st place Diploma in the nomination "Printed in the Commonwealth " at the XIV International Contest of the Member-States of the Commonwealth of Independent States "The Art of the Book".
Album “The Symphony of Centuries”
In 2017 before the 500th anniversary of Belarusian printing a decision was made to tell in the next edition of the project about the ancient Polotsk land, motherland of our first printer Francysk Skaryna and about more than 1000-year history of the Dvina region.
The album-book “The Symphony of Centuries” was presented at the ceremony of opening a new office building of Vitebsk branch of the Development Bank. Like classical musical symphony the book includes four parts-sections: a poetic introduction "Water of Life..." ; "To the origins" reveals the richness of our heritage, preserved on our land and in the expositions of numerous museums; "Music in stone" is a part dedicated to stone architecture, in which picturesque photos, documentary sketches, and drawings illustrate and supplement the texts. The final part "Cultural values" talks about the unique artistic heritage of the 19th-20th centuries, during which well-known artists worked, who founded the famous art school, whose followers and successors are our talented contemporaries.
Album "UNESCO Treasures of Belarus"
In 2018 the album-book “UNESCO Treasures of Belarus” was devoted to Belarusian historical sites included into the UNESCO World Heritage list. At present it contains 4 sites in the territory of Belarus: National Park “Belovezhskaya Pushcha”, castle unit “Mir”, Struve Geodetic Arc (Russian-Scandinavian Arc), architectural, cultural and residential site of the Radzivill’s family in Nesvizh (palace complex of 16th- 19th centuries and Corpus Christie Church). The authors intended to present to the readers the unique historical values belonging not only to Belarus, but also to the whole world in order to remind us one more time about the importance of preserving the natural and cultural heritage for future generations.
Organization and holding of exhibitions
In May 2014 the Development Bank held an exhibition of a unique art work of Honoured Artist of Belarus A.M.Kishchenko “The Tapestry of the Century”. During the week the art work was visited by more than 1 200 residents and guests of our capital city.
In 2015 the Development Bank became a general partner of an exhibition “From Realism to Impressionism” (paintings of 19th-20th centuries) from the collection of the Sate Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow). The exhibition was held in the National Arts Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The exhibition presented works of art by famous artists – Vasiliy Vereshchagin, Issak Levitan, Vasiliy Polenov, Ivan Shishkin, Alexey Savrasov, Ilya Repin, Konstantin Korovin and many others. All works were exhibited in Minsk for the first time.
In November 2016 the Development Bank’s head office again became the site for exhibiting art works of national artists. “Colours of Belarus” – this poetic theme unites the pictures of Vasiliy Yasyuk and Yuriy Khilko.
In January 2017 on Christmas Eve the Development Bank announced opening of a charity selling exhibition of paintings created by the charges of Minsk psychoneurologic nursing home No2. The exhibition was organized with support from fraternity of St. Spyridon of Trimython, members of which are engaged in missionary, educational, charity activities, helping to hospitals, children’s care homes. During the month the employees of the Development Bank could get acquainted with the pictures and purchase the paintings they liked most.
In March 2017 in the Bank’s head office the exhibition of innovative, applied and decorative arts achievements of pupils and staff of vocational and secondary professional educational establishments of Vitebsk region was opened. The exhibition displayed the achievements in developing Belarusian national applied arts and included more than 200 works from osier, straw, wood, ceramics, metal, original dolls, paintings, etc.