Alexey Shaburov, Director of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy received a warm welcome from the Mayor of Veliky Novgorod, Yuri Bobryshev, during his visit to the city hall on November 14, 2018.
This was a truly historic meeting. It is thanks to the joint efforts of both sides and the support from the city government and head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Sergei Mitin, that Veliky Novgorod — the major trade hub in Ancient Rus and home to a millennial written tradition — played host to the third International Exhibition of Calligraphy.
The exhibition featured masterpieces of world calligraphy, samples of applied calligraphy, and materials and tools from as many as 40 countries. UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, noted the outstanding level of the event organization.
In total, the exhibition was attended by almost 30,000 people. Director of the Novgorod Printing House museum Elena Zhirova recalls, “My mom is 80 but she still remembers the exhibition and is happy that it enabled so many people to get a feel for art. Each day there was an endless stream of people, young and old, heading to the exhibition,” said Elena in an interview to the museum officials during their visit to Veliky Novgorod on November 14.
At their meeting with the mayor, Alexey Shaburov talked about his nationwide project, dubbed “The Catalog of Private Museum of Russia”, which includes 260 museums located in the Russian Federation and reflects a most diverse array of themes. The parties discussed issues concerning project implementation and agreed to work together to build the Museum center to unveil the variety of the unique and insightful historical, cultural, and art collections.
Both sides also agreed to hold a separate meeting to scout and inspect possible construction sites. We hope that the near future will see a new page in the implementation of the project “Private (‘folk’) Museums of Russia”.