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Guests of the exhibition of calligraphy were taught to write in Arabic script and Korean characters

September 16, 2010

The World famous Mezuzah, the Golden Koran, the Holy Mantra as well as masterpieces by modern artists from more than 40 states were presented on the 3rd International Exhibition of Calligraphy.

Ancient Yaroslav’s Court hosted the Exhibition’s pavilions with the masterpieces. Imported from Israel the World famous Mezuzah—a unique sized sacred scroll of parchment on which according to the canons of sacred calligraphy hand-written passages from the Torah are written. Golden Koran—an absolute copy of The Koran of Usman the most ancient Islamic manuscripts of the VIII century, made in a single copy of gold of the highest standard.

Hardly had examined recognized masterpieces viewers could see how masterpieces were creating. The exhibition master-classes were held by modern calligraphers. Only half an hour required for Cyrillic, Persian or Korean calligraphy masters to show their art. After each master-class there were queues seeking to get a beautiful inscription in memoriam of the event. 90-year lady got a fan with master Kim Jong Chil’s inscription.

Hassan Makaremi, a French calligrapher taught visitors of the exhibition of painting on porcelain. He prepared his new students cardboard-made brushes with sheets corners cut so that turned out something like a real brush tip. Starting with simple lines, the visitors repeating Makaremi lead them from point to point with almost an Arabic script as the result! Of course, it was not calligraphy itself. Master showed how fast you can go from simple lines to calligraphic compositions.

Novgorod State Museum-Reserve has shown its collection of birch bark manuscripts, icons, ancient documents and ancient manuscripts. Ancient Russian masters had something to surprise modern audience: a letter in uncial, emi-uncial, various fine cursives in ink, tempera and gold on the bark, paper, wood... Especially a Slavonic book of the XII century, found during excavations in Veliky Novgorod is cherished here. The three wooden boards covered with wax. Novgorod calligrapher's handwriting was clearly visible, and experts were able to understand what they face—an ancient Psalter.

Yulia Kots

Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta

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