Russia's first International Exhibition of Calligraphy

The International Exhibition of Calligraphy kicks off in the Academy of Arts in Russia on September 16th, 2008. Citizens and guests of Saint-Petersburg will be the first in Russia to see the unique exposition, where more than 300 works of the most recognized representatives of calligraphic schools from 24 countries are presented. The items of the past and present look as one at the exhibition. The Exhibition will show you samples of Slavic writing, historical manuscripts and manuscripts of the nations of the world, rare letters and documents belonging to the noble Russian family, the Romanovs, and taken from the vaults of the State Historical Museum. The visitors will see a vast gallery of rare, scarce and unseen manuscripts and miniature books from private collections. Besides this, they will see writing materials and utensils of all ages, and will be able to scrupulously examine modern originals and distinct samples of applied calligraphy. The icing on the cake will be a presentation of the one and only handwritten copy of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

The exclusive document was executed by a top-flight team of calligraphy writers led by Chobitko Pyotr Petrovich, Presidium Chairman of the National Union of Calligraphers, Member of the Russian Association of Artists, professor of the Art and Industry Academy. Delicately designed, the folio is to be unveiled on September 17th to have a special place in the exhibition. Around 40 Russian and foreign calligraphers will give master-classes for students and pupils everyday within the exhibition programme. The exhibition will feature round table discussions, seminars, calligraphic performances and contests for amateur calligraphy writers.

Several master-classes for orphanage no.23 of Saint-Petersburg will also be given as a part of the event.

The project was supported by:

  • The Presidential Administration of Russia;
  • Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation;
  • The chairmen of the Committee on Culture, Education, high school, the Committee for Press and Mass Media Cooperation;
  • Director of the Hermitage;
  • Rector of the Moscow State University;
  • President of the Saint-Petersburg State University;
  • Rector of MGIMO, rectors of the Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture of St. Petersburg, the Stieglitz Art and Industry Academy in Saint Petersburg;
  • Director of the Russian State Library, Director of the National Library of Russia in St Petersburg, Director of the State Historical Museum, Director of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum;
  • Chairman of board of the World Club of Petersburgers;
  • Many famous public characters from Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

Project’s partners:

Information partners:

  • Rossiyskaya gazeta, newspaper;
  • Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments and Facts) weekly newspaper;
  • Baltic news agency.
  • Particular gratitude is declared for the Committee for Press and Mass Media Cooperation; Union of Journalists of Saint-Petersburg.

Project’s organizers:

  • The National Union of Calligraphers:
  • The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy.
  • The official opening of the International Exhibition of Calligraphy will take place at the Academy of Arts in Russia at 2.00 pm on September 17th, 2008.


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