"He stubbornly goes to his target... there is work ... (and) persistent search for his own style behind his first art success".
That's what the "Maladost" magazine wrote about Igor Semek, a young student from the Belarusian Theater & Art Institute, in 1986. Those words were prophetic: he became a talented monumentalist, a painter, a graphic artist whose sculptures and monumental works decorated health and sport clubs, the streets of Gomel and of the district centers. He really created his unique original style, which was distinctive to him only.
Origin of the popular icon is historically related to formation and development of the unique Belarusian Icon School established in the 16th century on the basis of the Byzantine art traditions on the one hand and influenced by the ideas of the West-European Renaissance on the other hand. Democratization of religious art led to formation of the so called "popular primitive" stratum and its adjacent forms, which have become an integral part of popular culture.
The exhibition displays the collections of the technical hardware from the museum collection; those items were made in the late 19th - mid-20th century (photo cameras, survey meters, portable gramophones, wall-mount and stand-alone radio receivers, and pocket watches). The pictures and the post-cards with the images of the streets and of the buildings of Gomel, of Gomel citizens, of the palace and park, which are kept both in the Museum holdings and in the private collections of the people living in Gomel, remind us of the past times.
Maria Egorova graduated from the Baku Art College and from the Belarusian State Theater & Art Institute, Graphic Arts Department. She took lessons of A.M. Shevchenko, A.P. Mozoleva, P.K. Lubomudrov, S.P. Gerus. She had lived in Gomel since 1963.
Georgi Nisski (1903-1987) became the People's Artist of Russia in 1965; he became the Full Member of the Art Academy of the USSR in 1958; he was the Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR; he was decorated with the Red Banner Labor Order and with other medals. He was a landscape painter, a genre painter, a painter of still life and of monumental panels. He was a graphic artist too.
It is believed that samovars appeared in Russia in the mid-18th century when tea was drunk everywhere.
Tea got to Russia when Vasili Starkov, Russian Ambassador, brought some unknown herb to Tsar as a reply gift from the Alatyn Khan in 1638. After Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich had been cured by the tea that "fairly good remedy" became fashionable. The beverage was expensive, and tea was only drunk at the Tsar court and in the noble families. Common people would drink honey, beer, kvass and saloop (hot drink made of honey, herbs and spices).