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    http://orthodox.cn/contemporary/hongkong/20100302hkiconexhibit_en.htm Originally published in Russian by DECR Communications Service March 2, 2010 English
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      Originally published in Russian by DECR Communications Service
      March 2, 2010
      English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas

      An exhibition of contemporary Russian icons is being held in Hong Kong

      As part of the IV Christian Festival organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an exhibition of contemporary Russian icons is being held from February 2- March 20. The exhibition was organized by the Moscow Patriarchate's parish of SS Peter and Paul in Hong Kong. The priest-in-charge of the parish, Archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, took part in the exhibition's opening.

      As was reported on March 2 on the website of the Association of Russian culture, "Resurrection", exhibition visitors can familiarize themselves with Orthodox icons, and also acquire a bilingual Chinese-English catalog of contemporary Russian icons published by the parish of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. For those wishing to broaden their knowledge of the topic, the parish of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul organized a tour in the Chinese language with a detailed explanation of the theological meaning of the iconography, the history and technique of icon painting.

      http://orthodox.cn/ofasc/store/9789881889539_en.htm

      The Icon, History, Symbolism and Meaning
      Anonymous

      Script: English and Simplified Chinese
      Publisher: Brotherhood of SS Peter & Paul, Hong Kong
      Date: February 2010
      Format/Pages: Softcover/81 pp
      ISBN: 9789881889539
      Availability: ship from Hong Kong
      Price: $13.00 USD (88 RMB; 100 HKD)
      Description

      This bilingual English-Chinese publication includes full color reproductions of icons in St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Hong Kong including Christ Pantocrator icon and the Albazinks Icon of the Theotokos "The Word made Flesh", which appear to the right and left of the Holy Doors of the iconostasis. Reflecting the local character of the parish, the typical Greek or Slavonic inscriptions on the icons also are accompanied by parallel inscriptions in Chinese.

      The publication consists of a reprint with minor ammendments of the English original version of "The Icon, History, Symbolism and Meaning" which was first published by Dormition of the Theotokos Monastery in their monastic journal, Winter, 2003 Vol. 16 #2. Now published for the first time with a Chinese translation with the kind blessing of the Abbess of the monastery, Mother Gabriella.

      The publication of the Chinese translation has been made possible with the efforts of Mr. Daniel Yeung of Institute of Sino-Christian Studies and the liaison work amongst other endeavors of Prof. Xu Fenglin. We also extend our appreciation to translator Mr. Hou Jianyu and proofreader Ms. Zhang Guina, for their time and energy spent on the text.

      OFASC Theological Review

      This is a recommended reading for those seeking a lot of good information about icons in one book. However, there is some content that is a matter of opinion. For example, the statement that icons are written, not painted, is an opinion, not a fact. In regards to the statement, "The iconographer does not have the right to change an icon just to be different and creative.", iconographer Nikolai Tsai remarks, "But what if the prototype is defective? I bring up the Wedding at Cana icons, where elements are often contrary to the Gospel. In cases like these, I believe the iconographer absolutely has not only a right but a duty to change the icon in order to correct the error."

      This Chinese translation has been reviewed and approved by the OFASC Commission on Translation.
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