Beside the art exhibits of medieval calligraphers from the collections of the National Library and the National Archives Agency, the exhibition “The Art of Handwriting”, inaugurated on January 22nd in the Book Museum within the National Library, included works by students of the Design and Printing Technology department of the Faculty of Textiles and Polygraphy within the Technical University of Moldova.

The enthusiasts of the art of handwriting from FTP-UTM have attempted to convey, through their works, the “tale” of calligraphy, as taught by their teacher, lect. Lucia ADASCALIȚA, who inspired them to explore this fascinating field. “The tale” says that handwriting makes the connection between the eyes, hand and brain, being crucial in the development of the intellect. For instance, in Japan, calligraphy is also used as a method of treatment and rehabilitation of the elderly, restoring hand and finger mobility. It’s a form of art as beautiful as it is valuable, in all times.

The exhibition also highlights the preservation of the connection between the generations of UTM students. The works of our students were exhibited alongside the popular calligraphic works of the graphic artist Valeriu HERȚA – an arrangement that suggestively emphasizes the importance of calligraphy in contemporary times and the interest shown for it by generations sequentially. Valeriu HERȚA is a UTM graduate of Architecture (class of 1982), still keeping in contact with Alma Mater students, including those from the Faculty of Textiles and Polygraphy – one of the few in our country where calligraphy is studied.

The visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to admire the writing tools once utilized for calligraphy, including ones used by the FTP students: the quill pen, the fountain pen and the ink pot, which have undergone multiple changes throughout history. The students had the opportunity to learn more about this art in the famous workshops held at FTP by the famous calligrapher Alexandr KODÎMSKI, who has an extensive range of writing tools, including handmade copies. It’s not so much about the tool as it is about the passion with which you use them to express your inner feelings through.

Dedicated to the International Handwriting Day, established in 1977, at the initiative of the Writing Tools Manufacturers Association (WIMA), the Exhibition is an educational event, which, according to the director of the National Library, Elena PINTILEI, “reminds us about the beauty and uniqueness of handwriting, which is becoming a rarity in the age of information technology”. Here are displayed samples of Glagolitic, Cyrillic, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Arabic, Armenian and Hebrew writing, original manuscripts and facsimiles from the 16th-20th centuries, documents written on parchment from the time of the great rulers Stephen the Great, Petru Rareș, but also manuscripts made in the silence of the monastic cells. The exhibits are part of the Library’s visiting period until June 2020, free of charge.

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