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The successful exhibition was also in collaboration with the Dutch artists Chris Tap and Arvid Henkes

In the picture from left to right are: artists Mr. Arvid Henkes and Mrs. Victoria Kovalenchikova; Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Republic of Belarus in the Netherlands, director of the RE Cultural Foundation Mrs. Ljoedmila Van Vyve; “Bell`Arte” gallery owner Mrs. Doret Huibers; artist Mr. Chris Tap; Kurhaus owner Mr. Giovanni van Eijl and art stylist Ms. Monica Verweij.

By Roy Lie Atjam.

Scheveningen, gallery “Bell`Arte” at the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus. It has been on 28 October 2019, that Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, PhD, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Republic of Belarus in the Netherlands invited members of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as senior officials of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Education Culture and Science and The Hague Municipality to the Grand opening of the Exposition of the Belarusian contemporary artist Victoria Kovalenchikova.

Mr. Nikolai Tananaiko, Belavia’s Director in the Netherlands, Victoria Kovalenchikova, Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, pianists Aksana & Vital Stahievich.

Some say that art is the main beauty of mankind, as it cherishes the inner beauty of a human being. The famous Russian writer Fedor Dostoevsky wrote: “Beauty will save the world”.

By Victoria Kovalenchikova.

Without delay, Dr Stanislav Vassilevsky cordially welcomes one and all to the Grand opening of the Exposition by Victoria Kovalenchikova.

Vassilevsky started his welcome remarks by expressing gratitude for the assistance received from Mrs Doret Huiberts, owner of the gallery “Bell`Arte” and Mr Giovanni van Eijl, innkeeper, who kindly co-organizing and co-hosted the evening. Dr Stanislav Vassilevsky also placed his appreciation on the assistance he received from Mrs Ljoedmila Van Vyve, Director of the Cultural Foundation, who has, in fact, inspired him to organize the event and put him into connection with all the participating talented artists.

Bizon by Chris Tap

The Grand opening of the Exposition by the Belarusian artist Victoria Kovalenchikova is not an ordinary exhibition. It has been a collaboration of the Belarusian and Dutch artists. The first of such an event, that makes it particularly exciting.

Indeed, an exposition by the renowned Belarusian contemporary artist Victoria Kovalenchikova, who met her spouse in the Netherlands and moved here a decade ago to continue her creative work (she had more than 100 solo and group expositions around globe since 1997), and of the talented and prominent Dutch sculptor Chris Tap and visual designer Arvid Henkes. 

Belarusian pianist Vital Stahievitch.

Good mentioning, the expo is a mélange of paintings, sculptures and design work. Furthermore, presentations by the famous opera singer Elena Syssojeva and Belarusian pianists Aksana & Vital Stahievitch. The music program included works by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and others.

Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, PhD, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Republic of Belarus in the Netherlands during his speech.

The event was attended by more than 200 persons, including representatives of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, honorary consuls of the Republic of Belarus in the Netherlands heads- and representatives of the diplomatic missions accredited to the Netherlands.

To mention a few, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, El Salvador, the USA. Also consulting and investment agencies, the business community, celebrities, as well as representatives of charity foundations working with Belarus and representatives of the international organizations in The Hague, including Deputy Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Brooks W. Daly, Judge of the International Criminal Court H.E. Mr. Raul Cano Pangalangan.

Graphic Planets Art by Arvid Henkes

Brenda Felicia Muste, Miss World Nederland 2019 a lover of art, grace the occasion with her presence. Brenda will be vying for the title Miss World 2019 at a beauty pageant next December in Thailand

Dr Stanislav Vassilevsky has been with the Belarusian Mission in the Netherlands for about one year, he notices that Belarus, unfortunately, is still unknown to the broader public. Therefore, the primary objective of this event is to foster Belarusian-Dutch ties, promote friendship and better mutual understanding.

Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, Charge d’affaires de Belarus and Brenda Felicia Muste, Miss World Nederland 2019

In conclusion, the hundreds of guests were invited to try  Belarusian beverages, sausages,  sweets and homemade pies baked with love by the embassy staff and Mrs Vassilevsky.

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