National Center for Contemporary Arts
National Center for Contemporary Arts is the first and the biggest state institution in the Republic of Belarus that concentrates its activities exclusively on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its foundation, the National Center has deepened and expanded its activities and achieved a high level of professional and public acknowledgement. Today the National center is an advanced institution that plays an important role on the Minsk and Republic art space.
National Center is active in several directions:
• Exhibition activity on the National and International level;
• An innovative educational, interactive, theatrical and other projects;
• Cultural representation of the Republic of Belarus at the important international events: the Belarusian pavilion at Expo 2010 – Shanghai, the 54 Venice Biennale (2011), Special project at the 4 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011), Special project 5 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013), Days of culture (since 2008, Ukraine, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Russia, Lithuania, etc.), the 56 Venice Biennale (2015);
• Public space interaction: the Street Theatre Forum (2014 – 2016), “The Artist and the City” project – Belarusian artists reproductions open air exhibition on Yakub Kolas Square in Minsk (2011 – 2016), “Art Island” project – open air sculptural installations on the Komsomolsky islands of Minsk;
• Representation and preservation of Belarusian contemporary art collections, which continue to grow by the National Center's efforts.
Today the National Center for Contemporary Arts has two locations in the center of Belarusian capital. The main building is situated on Nekrasova Street, 3. Apart from that, the National Center has a vast and spacious exhibition hall on Nezavisimosti Avenue, 47.
The National Center’s permanent collection reflects the main stages in formation and development of the Belarusian contemporary art of the last decade of 20th century. The majority of exhibits has created by local artists; however, the collection also includes some works by renowned Western masters.
Besides that, the Museum owns a unique collection of works by the famous representatives of Belarusian avant-garde of 1980 – 1990th.
The National Center’s extensive exhibition activity aims at showing the artistic process of the 20th and 21st centuries at its maximum span and diversity, including performing arts. During the year in two buildings of the National Center, people can visit single-artist shows, group exhibitions and conceptual displays by well-known masters as well as by young artists, also festivals and big-scale image projects.
The National Center launched a special education and discussion program – the “BLOWUP” project. The events schedule includes practical activities in creative workshops, as well as lectures on contemporary art, studies of the art market and the new technologies in visual arts, and a broad spectrum of issues on today’s culture. There is also special program for children.