Russia's first International Exhibition of Calligraphy is to be held in Saint Petersburg

Citizens and guests of Saint-Petersburg will be the first in Russia to see a unique exposition, which exceeds 300 works of the most recognized representatives of calligraphic schools from 24 countries collected in one place. The items of the past and present are joined together in one exhibition. The exhibition will show you samples of Slavic writings, 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. 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 original 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 calligraphers led by Chobitko Pyotr Petrovich, Pesidium 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. The exhibition will feature round table discussions, seminars, calligraphic performances and contests for amateur calligraphers. Several master-classes for Orphanage 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 and many other famous public characters from Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

Source: Press-Release.Ru online portal