“Solidarity” (House of Fashion)
Location: Minsk, Belarus
Artist: Anatoly Artsimovich
Genre: Soviet relief, former USSR
The metal bas-relief “Solidarity” on the facade of the House of Fashion, now the Belarusian Fashion Centre, depicts various nationalities marching in defence of their rights and liberty. It is said that the work was inspired by “Vajacki marš” (“March of the Warriors”), the national anthem of the Belarusian People’s Republic that existed from 1918 to 1919 and which was a failed attempt to establish a Belarusian state on German-controlled territory towards the end of World War I.
The House of Fashion itself was built between 1962 and 1967 (architect Vasily Gerashchenko) as part of the reconstruction of Minsk after World War II. The monumental artwork was added in 1979.
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