The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy has been visited by Anna Donchenko, a research fellow at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the Russian-Chinese Friendship Society. Her research focus lies on contemporary Chinese art.
In her conversation with museum director Alexey Shaburov, Anna talked about her wide academic interests and how she manages to successfully combine creative work and teaching.
Anna is a great artist specializing in Chinese ink painting. Since 2012, she teaches Chinese painting and calligraphy and runs an author course in traditional Chinese landscape painting at the Confucius Institute of the Russian State University for the Humanities. She also offers the “Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy“ and “Making Traditional Chinese Stone Prints” courses at the Dve Imperii club, the Studio Paspartu art school, the Chainka oriental culture studio, and Moscow’s China Cultural Center.
Anna received an award from the Chinese government in recognition of her achievements in the study of Chinese art. She also completed a course in Chinese painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.
September 2017 saw the publication of her album “Anna Donchenko. Painting”, which came out with the support of the Chinese Embassy. On November 15, 2017, her solo exhibition of Chinese painting took place at the Chinese Embassy in Moscow.
In 2018, she received an award in an international Chinese calligraphy competition, in the Brush Calligraphy category, organized for member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. In Beijing, a collection of works by famous Chinese artists was published, which included Anna’s works as well.
It was Anna’s first visit to the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy. She enjoyed a tour of the exhibition and later talked about her impressions in a conversation with the museum director and staff members. She also spoke about the latest trends in Chinese painting and the prospects for the development of cultural ties between Russia and China and agreed to cooperate with the museum in the run-up to the exhibition “The Great Chinese Calligraphy and Painting: One Belt - One Road”, organized under the aegis of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy and scheduled for 2019.