Saints of the Undivided Church exhibition

Exhibition of contemporary Christian art dedicated to the ancient saints venerated both in the West and in the East opens at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus on December 20, 17.00.

A unique exhibition featuring over 100 icons painted in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, Finland and France tells about the under-reported events of the history of Western Europe of the first millennium and at the same time introduces different schools, trends and styles of the contemporary icon painting.

The history of Europe is represented as a history of holiness – from the apostles and Christian martyrs of the 2nd century to the faithful rulers of the 10th-11th centuries, embracing the dramatic period of the formation of the Church in different regions and countries – from Sicily to Ireland and Scandinavia.

The period before the Great Schism of 1054 (date of formal separation between the Churches of the East and West) is traditionally called the time of the undivided Church, and the saints, glorified before the end of the 11th century, are revered by both the Orthodox and the Catholic Churches.

Very few ancient icons of the saints of the West have survived, so the modern icon painters faced a difficult and responsible task – they had to develop and present a new iconography, interpreting the images of the saints within the iconographic canon, simultaneously trying to see their feat not from the notions of "abstract Christianity", but from the 21st century point of view. What do the ancient saints say to us living today?

The exhibitors include well-known painters, such as Archimandrite Zinon (Theodore), Aleksandr Chashkin, Aleksandr Kornoukhov, Oleg Shurkus (Russia), Todor Mitrović (Serbia), George Kordis (Greece), Victor Dovnar, Anton Dajneko (Belarus) and many others. The exhibition features works in traditional techniques, egg tempera, encaustic, mosaic, wood carving, ceramics and prints created specifically for the Saints of the undivided Church exhibition. The vast majority of the works are exhibited for the first time.

The iconographic project is unique in its geographical scope and introduces traditional styles and directions in modern icon painting, as well as new approaches to the image interpretation in Christian art.

The exhibition is organized by the Artos Fellowship in Support of Contemporary Christian Culture (Moscow), the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus and the All Saints Parish in Minsk.

Curators: Sergei Chapnin, Elena Karpenko, Archpriest Fedor Povny.


The exhibition is open until February 20, 2018.

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