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Contemporary museum of calligraphy
Established August 14, 2008
Location 1 Sokolnichesky Val, pavilion 7, Moscow 107113, Russia, phone: +7 495 728 77 58
Director Alexey Shaburov
The Museum of Calligraphy
The Museum of Calligraphy

The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy is the first Russian museum displaying calligraphy art pieces.

On August 14, 2008, Russia joined the World Calligraphy Museums Society. Recently the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy became an institutional member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Though calligraphy museums exist all around the world (in Turkey, China, Japan, UAE), for Russia it was the first experience. Opened on August 2008 the Museum was registered at the Ministry of Justice RF on July 22, 2008.



The museum has the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of national Russian calligraphy, European writing systems, samples of Hebrew calligraphy, colorful Arabic calligraphy, strict Japanese hieroglyphs and ancient Chinese calligraphy. These art creations reveal to a man the history and continuous development of world writing systems. Calligraphy art pieces are added by rare handwritten books, pens and writing implements.

Samples of sacred calligraphy

What's so interesting here

The Contemporary museum of calligraphy yearly organizes the following events:

  • International exhibition of calligraphy

Annual show first held in St. Petersburg in 2008. The next exhibition is planned to be held in Moscow at Sokolniki exhibition centre in 2009. The St. Petersburg show hosted 68 calligraphers from 26 countries. This type event was first held in Russia through the history of the art.

  • Culture festivals

Every year a country may become a focus of the Culture festival organized in the Contemporary museum of calligraphy. This tradition was first tested in 2009 when Japan became the "hero of the fete". The Festival of Japanese culture "Sakura" was held on April 14th, 2009 at the Sokolniki park. The single exception to the rules is the Day of Slavonic culture.[1] The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates this day on May 24-25, but it is a rule for the Museum to celebrate it on May 23rd.


Handwritten Constitution of the Russian Federation

Handwritten Constitution of the Russian Federation. 2008

In the fall of 2008, the first and only handwritten Constitution of the Russian Federation was completed. Works were conducted together with the National Union of Calligraphers. At the same time, the museum's large-scale project 'International Exhibition of Calligraphy' displayed calligraphy art pieces from around the world.

The Contemporary museum of calligraphy is a new and unique institution that unites painting, graphics and writing.

Apart from its permanent exposition the Museum is the official organizer of the International exhibition of calligraphy.

The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy is located at Pavilion 7 of the Sokolniki exhibition centre.


  1. ^ According to the Act of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR dated January 30 1991 N568-1 on yearly organizing the Days of Slavonic culture

Calligraphy museums

Calligraphy exhibitions

World calligraphy association

What the press says

The museum was created in order “to provide the conditions for developing calligraphy as a language of mutual understanding without borders.”

Similar museums have been long working in Turkey, China, Japan and United Arab Emirates. It is by a very strange chance that Russia did not have any calligraphy museum before.

Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy is the first Russian museum for the art of lettering.


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