THE FATE OF FAMILY COLLECTIONS OF THE MAGNATE CLANS IN BELARUS
On November 10, 2020, the National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Niasvizh will host the International Scholarly Conference titled
The Fate of Family Collections of the Magnate Clans in Belarus.
The cultural and historical heritage of Belarus is a multifaceted phenomenon that has been formed over the past centuries. The aristocracy’s collections were famous for their special taste and grace. The cultural environment that existed in the residences of magnates within the current limits of Belarus contributed to the emergence of works of high artistic level. In palaces and castles within the current limits of Belarus, one could see paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, Kunz Lochner’s armor, Meissen porcelain, antique coins and much more that performed representative functions, surprised and impressed the magnates’ guests.
Only hills with brickwork ruins and rocks, visible in some places as reminders of the past, are left of most of the palaces and castles that existed within the current limits of Belarus. Changing lifestyles and military conflicts led to the destruction of unique collections, and scattered surviving artifacts around the world.
The conference will present various stages of the development of collecting as well as modern approaches to creating and reviving collections in the former aristocratic palaces and castles, including the use of digital technologies. Digitalization of works of art from the once massive art collections of furniture, clocks, dishes, weapons, etc. accelerates the processes of scientific attribution of these cultural values, contributing to the readaptation of former magnate residences and filling them with the spirit of history.
We invite historians, art historians, art dealers and auction house employees, museum and library workers to participate in the conference.
Planned conference subjects:
- Magnate treasure-troves, their genesis and evolution;
- Armory: the tradition of collecting arms;
- Collections of printed books and manuscripts in magnate libraries and archives;
- Religious donations from magnates in Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches in Belarus;
- Paintings in palaces and castles: from Sarmatian portrait galleries to museumification attempts;
- Kitchen and household items (dishes, furniture) in the palaces and castles of aristocrats;
- Muntz-cabinets in the residences of magnates;
- Evacuation of magnate collections during military conflicts;
- Belarusian antiques on the art markets of the world;
- Digitalization and introduction into scholarly circulation of objects from magnate collections moved from the territory of Belarus;
- The use of objects from magnate residences in interactive work with the museum audience.
Venue: the 16th through the 19th centuries’ palace ensemble in Nesvizh.
Working languages: Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and English
The conference program will be compiled and sent to the participants after registration. Official personal invitation will be sent on request.
Participation in the conference requires sending an application with an article to be accepted by October 1, 2020. Conference proceedings will be presented to the participants during the plenary session.
application for participation ( download)
Requirements for the design of materials are as follows: articles of up to 40,000 characters must be typed in Times New Roman font size 14 points, at 1.5 line spacing. The article shall have annotations of 100-150 words each in Belarusian, Russian and English languages.Bibliographic references must be done in accordance with the rules of the Higher Attestation Commission! https://www.vak.gov.by/be/bibliographicDescription
The Organizing Committee address:
The National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Niasvizh
19 Leninskaya St.
222603, Nesvizh, Minsk region, Belarus.
Academic Secretary +375 1770 2 42 81
Senior Researcher +375 1770 2 42 81
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