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Exhibition of paintings about the old believers opens Wednesday at the Gallery Tsereteli

The Metropolitan of Moscow Russian Orthodox old believe Church (rpsts) and the Metropolitan Gallery of arts Zurab Tsereteli on June 17 will open the exhibition "Russia Reserved", dedicated to the believers it is told in the message a press-services of the gallery.

"In the Museum and exhibition complex of the Russian Academy of arts Gallery of arts of Zurab Tsereteli on the initiative of the Metropolitan of Moscow Russian Orthodox old believe Church (rpsts) opens the exhibition "Russia Reserved" dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Martyr Avvakum. The exhibition presents about 50 paintings dedicated to the history and present of the old believers in Russia", - stated in the message.

In the gallery note that all the artists-participants of the exhibition "represent the ancient old believer birth or parishioners rpsts".

"The picturesque interiors of the temples, scenes of worship, the festive outfits of the inhabitants of the old believer communities, fragments of domestic life and scenery of the Holy places - all these stories collected in a single exhibition space, provide an opportunity to imagine modern life of the old believers", - concluded the press service.

The opening event will be online June 17 in person, it can be seen from 18 to 28 June. Guests are urged to respect the social distance and wear masks and gloves.

Earlier, the head of Russian Orthodox old believe Church (rpsts), the Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia Cornelius was to be held in 2020 to celebrate the 400 th anniversary of the birth of one of the ideologists of the old believers, the Archpriest Avvakum. The initiative was endorsed by the President of Russia and the Ministry of culture. The planned large-scale anniversary to celebrate in the old believers ' centers of Siberia, the far East and abroad. Cornelius, Metropolitan of highlighted places directly related to the life of the Archpriest Avvakum: "This is the Volga shore, the Grigorovo village where he was born, Pustozersk, where he was burned".

Archpriest Avvakum (1620-1682) - one of the ideologists of old belief. In 1650-ies he opposed the Church reform of Patriarch Nikon and Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich, the purpose of which was to bring the rites of the Russian Church in line with Greek tradition. For their views Habakkuk more than 20 years spent in exile and prison, and was eventually burned alive.