Modern Art Museum Originated in Druya Monastery


An art program “The beginnings”, initiated by f. Syarhey Surynovich ended at Druya monastery by an exhibition of participating artists. The closing party was attended by Eduard Akulin, the editor of “Verasen'” magazine, and poet Leanid Dranko-Maysyuk.

Several dozens of paintings will be left at the monastery. Despite the fact that artists promised to left one work per artist all of them gave the monastery their best works. Vital Druy had created three works during his stay at the monastery. Previously f. Surylovich had bought several works of the artist with views of Druya.

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The collection of the museum planned by the priest will be replenished by works od Dzimitry Surynovich and Ales Susha, national masters of painting. The works of those authors are exhibited in collections of many European countries. Now they can also be seen at Druya collection.

Besides, several abstract works of Katsyaryna Sumarava will also stay at Druya, as well as watercolors by Natallya Hudkova, paintings by Volha Kuvayeva, similar to the works of Ferdynand Ruszczyc. A great addition to the future gallery was made by Katsyaryna Hoven, Uladzislau Pyatruchyk, Alyona Ihnatseva, Tatstsyana Ulasevich, Krystsina Shcharbakova, Katsyaryna Myasnikova. An animator Halina Ramanava and Katsyaryna Sumarava helped teachers of local school to bring local children to the monastery to meet the artists and their works. The children were especially touched by abstract paintings.


“One of the aims of our campaign was to help the artists with their self-realization. God, the Creator of the Universe, gives the man free will that he guards by involving people in search of artistic intentions”, – says f. Surynovich. The parishioners who watched the paintings after Mass were impressed by paintings.

Many local people were also glad to purchase an issue of magazine where poems of their priest were published. The believers from neighboring towns also came to meet the people of letters.