National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus

"My ikigai" exhibition

  • 01.03.2018

On March 1, 2018 the National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus will present the "My Ikigai" exhibition of designer porcelain by Alexandra Bavtruk. The exposition includes more than 70 works.

Alexandra Bavtruk acquired a historical education, but despite this, she is a professional porcelain artist and does painting for about 15 years. Alexandra was born in Minsk. During her studies in the St. Petersburg Art Lyceum, she visited the studio of ceramics and porcelain of Elena Khramchenko. After that, she was studying and practicing the profession of a porcelain artist in Zurich. She studied at the EHU in Vilnius at the department of theory and practice of contemporary art. She is socially active, takes on the art and fashion projects.

In 2016, there was A.Bavtruk's personal exhibition – "White Gold. Zurich–Minsk" in the Art–Hall gallery of the Republican Theatre of Belarusian Drama. In 2017, the artist was the youngest and the only Russian–speaking participant of the annual anniversary seminar–festival of artists on "Porcelain Show" in Rapperswil (Switzerland).

Alexandra uses unique techniques of overglaze painting on porcelain, she does painting on high–quality rare porcelain. She also collaborates with artists and also restores the painting. The artist's works decorate private collections in Switzerland, Germany, England, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase Raison d'être. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the cultural belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. For some, it might be work, hobbies and raising children.

National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus

Minsk, K.Marx str., 12

Tel .: 327–43–22