The International Exhibition of Calligraphy
- Sokolniki Museum and Educational Centre, National Union of Calligraphers, Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy, Moskau Messe. Exhibitions and Conferences, LLC
- Sokolniki Museum and Educational Centre, Moscow, Russia
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- Official support:
- Sokolniki Museum and Educational Centre, National Union of Calligraphers
About the project:
The International Exhibition of Calligraphy is the world’s largest project for fancy writing and writing as a fine art. Since 2009, the project has been carried out under the auspices of the RF Commission for UNESCO and the Russian Ministry for Cultural Affairs. The highest level of the project was marked by UFI, the Global Association of Exhibition Industry. The main exhibition organizer, the Contemporary museum of calligraphy, is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-Russia), American Association of Museums (AAM) and the European Museum Forum (EMF). In 2010 the International Exhibition of Calligraphy was included in the top three best shows of the world according to Exhibition News Awards.
Among the exhibits of the International exhibition of calligraphy you will find lettering masterpieces from the world around, including those listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Calligraphic paintings, objects of applied calligraphy, materials and tools for writing, unique artifacts: a hand-written Constitution of the Russian Federation, The Decalogue, Sacred mantra, the World Famous Mezuzah, miniatures “Calligraphy on the wings of a fly” and many others. The display usually consists of works from the Sacred Calligraphy collection.
To keep the unique art of calligraphy alive for future generations.
World-known calligraphers from more than 40 countries.
The International exhibition of calligraphy has the powers to unite people of different faiths from multinational Russia and other countries. The high significance of the project was highlighted in the letters from the heads of the main religions: the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill; Russia’s Chief Rabbi, Berl Lazar; Chairman of the Russian Mufti Council, sheikh, Ravil Gainutdin; President of the Russian Association of Buddhists, Koibagarov Alexander; and a representative of the Holy Throne in Russia, the Apostolic Nuncio, Antonio Mennini.
The first Russian International exhibition of calligraphy was successfully held in St. Petersburg (September 16th-21st, 2008), the second event was in Moscow (October 14th - November 14th, 2009), and the third in Veliky Novgorod (September 10th-12th, 2010). The extent to which a growing interest in calligraphy can be expressed eloquently in the figures: the number of visitors is increasing year by year, so if the St. Petersburg exhibition was visited by 17 thousand, the Moscow exhibition by 30 thousand people, thus the Novgorod exhibition saw more than 37 thousand visitors.
Traditionally, within the bounds of the International exhibition of calligraphy numerous master-classes are held. In different years, calligraphic performances were staged by such great masters of calligraphy, as Nja Mahdaoui (patriarch of the global and Arabic calligraphy), Avraam Borshevsky (expert on sacred calligraphy), Barbara Calzolari (personal calligrapher of Pope Benedict XVI), Missimo Polello (President of the Turin Guild of calligraphers), Kim Jong Chill (famous Korean calligrapher) and many other foreign masters. In addition, the best Russian calligraphers, headed by President of the National Union of Calligraphers, Petr Chobitko, always participate in the programme.
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