The year 2019 will see the 115th anniversary of Nadezhda Khodosevich-Léger’s (1904 –1982) birth. She is our famous compatriot and artist, legendary person, whose role in the art of the 20th century and cultural relations in the era of the ‘Iron Curtain’ is invaluable. Nadezhda Khodosevich-Léger worked in easel painting, graphics, mosaic, and paid great attention to popularization of the creative heritage of one of the largest artists in France of the first half of the 20th century Fernand Léger (1881–1955). She took the lead in exhibitions of Soviet artists in France and supported compatriots. Visiting the Soviet Union and Belarus in the 1960s and early 1970s, Nadezhda Khodosevich-Léger made a number of valuable gifts to Russian and Belarusian museums. In 1967–1968, the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus received magnificent facsimile reproductions of paintings by famous European artists (360 objects), and in 1973, the unique collection of sculptures and reliefs casts (173 exhibits) that became the ‘classics’ of art, and also ceramics by Pablo Picasso. Later, Nadezhda Khodosevich-Léger presented the museum with a number of her graphic works and works by Fernand Léger.
The International exhibition project ‘Nadia. To the 115th birthday of Nadezhda Khodosevich’ is destined to be a major cultural event and present the famous artist’s creativity and her self-sacrificing activities in the field of popularization of the world art. The exhibition will feature more than 50 works (paintings, gouache, drawings, lithographs and silk screen printing) from French private collections, including the artist’s heirs, and from the collection of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The exhibits will show Nadezhda Khodosevich’s all-around art, its stylistic stages and variety in genre, as well as demonstrate the civic stance of the artist. A part of the exposition will be the works by Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso, donated to the museum by Nadezhda Khodosevich-Léger.
Carrying on years long traditions of partnership, the International exhibition project ‘Nadia. To the 115th birthday of Nadezhda Khodosevich’ is supported by the Embassy of France in the Republic of Belarus.