Today, Brazilian street art pieces can be found all over Minsk, but look a bit deeper, though – many signs of the Soviet past are still there.
The Soviet elements are manifested not only in wide avenues and dull apartment blocks, but also in the vast murals and mosaics adorning many buildings. Bet if they had Instagram and smartphones in the USSR, we would all have a chance to enjoy million of selfies with monumental works of mosaic art as background. And still, we are very lucky to see some of them intact and well-preserved – below are just nine of them.
This is a fragment of a mosaic panel by Alexander Kishchenko on a skyscraper near praspiekt Niezaliežnasci. Here is an interesting fact, city authorities were concered that it can distract passing motorists and had doubts when approving it.
This man with Leonardo DiCaprio’s squint is Lenin. There are speculations that this is the oldest mosaic preserved in Minsk. One can find it near Alesya Factory on vulica Staravilenskaja.
Want to see a masterpiece? Look for mosaics by Alexander Kishchenko. Here is the reconstructed “Guerilla Belarus”, it is on the list of historical and cultural values of Belarus. Address: Partyzanski praśpiekt, 81, the Tourist Hotel restaurant.
Let’s get back to the little-known works. Here is a boy who reaches for the sun, a mosaic was laid out on the wall of a kindergarten on vulica Navavilienskaja.
The plot of the mosaic is the Storming of the Winter Palace. They say that author Alexander Kishchenko was inspired by the works of Mexican muralists Rivera and Siqueiros. The “October” panel can be found on vulica Kaĺvaryjskaja.
Come take a look at this dynamic image! “Runners” by an unknown author are on the walls of the National Olympic Reserve School on vulica Filimonova.
“Cosmonauts” are on the wall of a gymnasium on vulica Maksima Bahdanoviča. You won’t miss them, just look for an airplane monument erected in memory of pilot Boris Okrestin.
Athletes were also a favorite theme for the Soviet mosaics. Youth with sport equipment can be found on the walls of a high school on ulica Maksima Bahdanoviča, 76.
Thу mosaic “October Revolution” is made in Florentine technique. Its author Andrey Kuznetsov is from Moscow. This one is directly above the entrance to Kastryčnickaja metro station.
By the way, Minsk metro itself can take you back in time to the former Soviet state of Belarus. It is truly a masterpiece of art and architecture that can tell stories and secrets hidden underground.
Also, don’t miss our text on 10 cult places of Minsk where Soviet spirit is still alive, check your knoweledge of Lenin statues or just explore why Belarus is still described as the last holdout of the Soviet Union in Europe, a throwback to the communist society or small USSR.