The Icon Exhibition in Krakow


 The Icon Painting School "Radruzh" of the Ukrainian Catholic University cordially invites everyone who is interested in the phenomenon of the Western Ukrainian icon to the exhibition "And the Word became flesh..", which will last from November 25 to January 8, 2023in Archdiocesan Museum in Krakow,19-21 Kanonicza Street.

At the exhibition75 icons of beginners, experiencediconpaintersand teachers of the School are presented. Icons represent the Ukrainian style of icon painting - ancient and modern.


The Exhibition “And the Word Became Flesh”

The icon as a phenomenon of Eastern Christian sacred art is rooted in the Holy Scripture and Liturgy of the Church. The title of this exhibition is inspired by the words of the Gospel of John:
“And the Word became flesh,
And dwelt among us,
And we saw His glory,
the glory of the only-begotten Son of the Father.” (John 1.14)

The term ‘flesh’ expresses the concrete and palpable reality of God’s coming into the world. At the same time, the Gospel speaks also about the ‘glory’, which the Word has as the Son of God. The Eastern Christian icon is one of the best "tools" created by Church Tradition for testifying about the "glory of God". The Eastern Christian icon is one of the best "tools" created by Church Tradition for testifying about the "glory of God". The mission of the “Radruzh” School is focused on the study, revival, and popularization of Eastern Christian iconography (particularly in its Ukrainian tradition). Our main goal is reaffirm the real sense of the icon - to serve as a witness to the Glory of God and as a visual medium of prayer and contemplation.
The icons that have been selected for this exhibition demonstrate originality and beauty of the Ukrainian iconography of XIV-XVI cc. On the other hand these icons present a creative appropriation of the tradition in the works of the present-day iconographers who have been trained in the “Radruzh” School.

Solomiya Tymo, art historian, professor of the Theology Faculty, director of the Iconography School “Radruzh” at the Ukrainian Catholic University


Iconography School “Radruzh”: History
The School was started in 2005 by the group of enthusiasts as an Icon-Painting Summer Programme. In the years 2007-2009 under the leadership of Prof. Solomiya Tymo as the director, “Radruzh” developed into several directions: as a full-time professional program for iconographers, part-time certificate program and summer school for international students (in English and Polish).
The mission of the school is to be the “place where traditional Ukrainian iconography of the classical period (14th-16th cc.) is studied, revived and popularized, together with a serious study of the theology of the icon and art history”. The name of the School “Radruzh” comes from the name of the village (now in Lubaczów powiat, now in Poland) from which come some of the most ancient surviving icons (late 14th c.) representative of the Ukrainian iconographic tradition. The team of the school was gathered around experienced restorers of ancient icons – Pavlo Petrushak and Anastasiya Chaban. They became the first teachers at the school who brought up the first generation of students.
Over these years our programs served more than 1000 students from all parts of Ukraine and over 20 countries from all over the world. Since 2016 we have also developed a system of online lectures and workshops for the Ukrainian and international public.
Graduates of the School work as professional iconographers, painting individual icons and performing interior decoration projects for churches, monasteries and individual patrons.

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