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Exhibitions 04 October 2018 till 18 November 2018

TIFLIS ON MY MIND

Location: Offenbach Klingspor-Museum Herrnstraße 80, 63065 Offenbach, Germany Organizer: Art Palace of Georgia, Offenbach Klingspor-Museum Curator: George Kalandia
Presented: Old Georgian manuscripts and printed books from the collection of the Art Palace of Georgia, Archil Gelovani and Pavel Chepyzhov, also objects of contemporary Georgian artists.

The Exhibition ‘Tiflis on My Mind’ is the first exhibition in Europe dedicated to the Georgian Alphabet. The exposition contains more than 100 exhibits displaying samples from the Art Palace of Georgia, as well as from private collections. Visitors to the Klingspor Museum Offenbach will be able to discover the history of the Georgian Alphabet dating back to the V century, and will get to see rare manuscripts re-written by master calligraphers, precious miniatures done on parchment and paper, and rare samples of letters made using the human figure. The exposition also includes first edition books published in Rome and Tbilisi, which well-reflect the history and industry of printing of the late Middle Ages. A prominent part of the exposition will feature font samples created in the period of the Soviet Union, with propaganda posters, and futuristic and cubist samples decorated with letters.
The Georgian Alphabet can be compared to an unexplained sphinx. English Orientalist William Edward David Allen (1901-1973) wrote: “The diversity and richness of the sounds of the Georgian language express the completeness and accuracy of the Georgian Alphabet; each sound fits to each letter; each letter is pronounced exactly and clearly. In this regard, no one letter can be compared to another”. In the Klingspor Museum, visitors will have opportunity to see this unique and universal adventure of a writing system for themselves.

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