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December 15, 2016 at 17.00 in the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts, Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery, will be the solemn opening ceremony of the exhibition «Russian Athos», dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of Russian monasticism in the Holy Mountain Athos.
The exhibition is held with the blessing of the Hegumen Russian Saint Panteleimon Monastery on Mount Athos, Archimandrite Evlogy. The organizers of the exhibition are the Russian Academy of Arts, Russian Saint Panteleimon Monastery on Mount Athos, the Fund for the Revival of Russian Athos, the Department of Culture of Moscow, the Moscow State Picture Gallery Vasily Nesterenko.
The main part of the exhibition is dedicated to the murals of the church of St. Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon in Old Rusik - the largest cathedral church of the Russian Monastery. Its construction was completed before the revolution on the site of the ancient temple. An iconostasis was installed, but the temple was not painted. Works on the interior of the temple were continued in 2015-2016. with the blessing of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and the Council of the Elders of the Russian Holy Panteleimon Monastery.
The exposition presents sketches and cardboard paintings, reproductions of plots in full size. New paintings continue the traditions of the Athonite style, the flowering of which took place at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The decoration of the temple has more than 80 stories, designed specifically for Old Rus. Unique paintings were created, proceeding from the peculiarities of the Athonite traditions, taking into account the rich spiritual history and the temple in Old Rus, and the entire Russian Athos, the continuity and connection of the Svyatogorsk and Russian monasticism.
The temple was painted by a team of artists led by People’s Artist of Russia, academician, member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Arts, member of the Patriarchal Council for Culture Vasily Nesterenko. The creative team that performed the work included well-known Moscow masters who have extensive experience in temple painting: Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts Mikhail Poletayev, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Vladimir Pavlov, member of the Union of Artists of Russia Viktor Goncharov and a whole group of ornamental artists and gilders.
The paintings were completed by the 1000th anniversary of Russian monasticism on Athos. At the end of May 2016, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill consecrated the renovated church and served the first Liturgy there. The patriarch highly appreciated the work of the creative team under the leadership of Vasily Nesterenko. A favorable response about the murals of the church was received from the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin who visited Athos in the spring of 2016.
In addition to sketches of murals and reproductions of plots in full size, the exhibition presents the creative works of Vasily Nesterenko and his colleagues. These are portrait and landscape works created over the past 20 years and dedicated to Mount Athos - Earthly Land of the Blessed Virgin. These paintings show the rich nature of the Holy Mountain, its inhabitants, monasteries and monasteries of Athos, including the Russian Monastery and the Skete of Old Rusik.
The exposition dedicated to the Russian Athos is not only the artists’ creative report to the Russian Academy of Arts, to their colleagues and spectators, but this is also the contribution of the Russian Academy of Arts itself to the cycle of events dedicated to the anniversary year - the year of the 1000th anniversary of Russian monasticism on Athos.