“250”: a Dedication Project to Michał Kleofas Ogiński

 

“250” is a project realized in honor of the famous composer and the statesman in the year of his anniversary. The project authors united creative people for contributing to the memory of their well-known compatriot. The project aim is to excite the public interest in their own history, history of their land, their country.

 

Michal Kleofas was born in one of the most influential families of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita). The Oginskies were as mighty as powerful families of Sapieha and Radziwill. Michal Kleofas aspired himself to serve his country and the people, and he lived a very saturated life. The contemporaries were not able to give unanimous evaluation of his views and doings. Michal Kleofas was a successful politician and a diplomat conducting important strategic negotiations with the state leaders; he was a revolutionist and a political emigrant living with forged passports to avoid arrest; he used to be a rich heir and a deprived refugee; he was a man who had lost his family and summoned his strengths to create a new one; he was a composer, an aristocrat, a devoted patriot of his homeland who was buried thousands kilometers away from it in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence next to Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Rossini.

 

The project incorporates works of artists: Alla Savashevich – sculpture; Ivan Besser, Andrei Davydchik and Mikhail Leschenko – photography; Maxim Siry – cinematography; and music by Lavon Volski, ili-ili band, Zmicier

Vaitsiushkevich, Naka band, Aleh Khamenka, Vladimir Pugach, Sergei Pukst, RockerJoker, Atmoravi.

 

The “250” project work team consists of Andrei Isachenko, Maxim Siry, Olga Mzhelskaya.


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