Opening ceremony of the "Nevyansk icon" exhibition held in Bangkok

On May 15, 2018 the “River City Gallery Bangkok” shopping and entertainment center hosted the solemn opening ceremony of the exhibition “Nevyansk icon”. An Exhibition featuring masterpieces of clerical and liturgical art is held in Thailand for the first time. This truly unique event was co-organized by the "Russian House" Group (Pattaya), headed by Mrs.Anna Segal and the administration of Yekaterinburg city under the patronage of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand.

H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador of Russia to Thailand, delivered welcoming remarks. Mr. Andrey Bezusov, Yekaterinburg businessman and main sponsor, and Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand, explained to the guests the significance of the exhibition. The fascinating polyphony of the Bangkok 

St. Nicholas Cathedral’s Men’s Chorus, which performed Russian Orthodox Christian chants, highlighted spiritual meaning of the vernissage.

The Old Believers "Nevyansk icon" occupies a special place in the Russian culture due to the specificity of its artistic style and high skill of execution. A special colour for these profound icon artworks is given by distinctive framings, embroidered with beads, gold threads and semi-precious stones.

Nevyansk icon-painting school originated in the South Urals, which in Russian history will be forever associated with the execution of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family in 1918. Due to the fact that the 100th anniversary of these dramatic events is commemorated in 2018, the "Nevyansk icon" manifesting the cultural and spiritual heritage of Russia was chosen by the organizers as the main theme of the exposition.

The gallery exhibits 12 most valuable iconographic images of the collection of the Yekaterinburg Museum of Nevyansk Icon - the first private museum in Russia, opened in 1999 by Mr. Evgeny Royzman, Mayor of Ekaterinburg.

The “Nevyansk icon" exhibition does not only pursue cultural and educational purposes, but is also a charitable event – the proceeds from the sale of postcards featuring the exhibits will be donated to the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in order to help children diagnosed with cancer. The Institute's management team also attended the opening ceremony.

The genuine interest in the event was expressed by representatives of many local media. After the ceremony, the Russian Ambassador gave interviews to several English, Chinese and Russian language TV channels.

Welcome to the “Nevyansk icon" exhibition in River City Gallery (3rd floor), which will last until May 25, 2018.

 

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