Biological Diversity in the Art Project “Biosphere 2010”

On the eve of the International Day for Biological Diversity — marked every year on May 22 — the opening of the exhibition "Biosphere 2010" took place. It is the third joint art project of the art gallery “The University of Culture” and the UN Country Office in the Republic of Belarus. This topical project is implemented within the framework of the International Year of Biological Diversity proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. Its objective is to shape a new vision of biodiversity.

On the eve of the International Day for Biological Diversity — marked every year on May 22 — the opening of the exhibition "Biosphere 2010" took place. It is the third joint art project of the art gallery “The University of Culture” and the UN Country Office in the Republic of Belarus.

This topical project is implemented within the framework of the International Year of Biological Diversity proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. Its objective is to shape a new vision of biodiversity. This new vision has to advocate the conservation and careful use of biological diversity.

Exhibition organizers have attempted to attract the attention of the Belarusian public to the problem of declining biological diversity on the Earth with the help of art. Plants, animals, humans, and their complex interactions, and the problems of coexistence on the planet have become the subject–matter of the artistic exploration undertaken both by young artists and recognized masters of visual and decorative arts.

“The aim of this exhibition is not only to increase awareness about our precious biodiversity, recognize the value of ecosystems and their benefits to the humanity but also to warn that globally biodiversity is in crisis now and, if no adequate and urgent steps are taken we may lose it,” said Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Representative in his speech at the opening of the exhibition.

More than 50 various works of art are on display at the exhibition — paintings, graphics, sculptures, and art objects. The exhibition is open to the public during a symbolic period of time – from May 22 (the International Day for Biodiversity) until June 5 (World Environment Day).