Museum Quarter to Be Created in Minsk

The first museum quarter in Belarus is likely to appear soon. Several years ago, the idea of a museum quarter in the very heart of the Belarusian capital was approved by President Alexander Lukashenko. The Museum Quarter will be created in downtown Minsk on the basis of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

Currently, the National Art Museumowns twentyunique collections being able to fully exhibit only six percent of them because of the lack of exhibition area. The emerging new complex will help to solve this problem.

The complex will unify a number of buildings located on Lenin, Karl Marx, and Kirov streets.  According to Vladimir Prokoptsov, Director General of the National Arts Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the project is implemented in several stages and will be completed in 2018. To date, the design stage is in progress. The second stage will start in 2015 and will include construction, modification, and restorative renovations of the buildings.

According to Nadezhda Usova, Deputy Director General for Scientific Work at the National Arts Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the museum quarter in Minsk is planned as a leisure and recreational area and a place of interest for the whole family. The visitors will be able to soak up the atmosphere of art exhibitions, live performances, creative presentations, and small concerts.

The Minsk Museum Quarter will make a small town within a city. Numerous galleries and exhibition halls will be complemented by a glass–roofed patio, cozy courtyards, and a sculpture park. In addition, the architects plan a winter garden on the roof of the complex, painting and souvenir shops, children's studio, a cafe, and an art restaurant with live music.

The Museum Quarter will be created in downtown Minsk on the basis of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

Source: Minsk City Executive Committee