The Committee and the National Museum of Georgia organized the photo exhibition “Treasures” dedicated to the birthday of the Catholic-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II. The Chair of the Committee, Mariam Jashi addressed the attendees: “today, we jointly host the educational-cognitive photo exhibition providing the photo versions of 33 original unique exhibits of the Gold Fund in the Museum of Arts.
The photo-exhibition was established in 2008 with blessings of the Catholic-Patriarch, Ilia II and is the first portable exhibition which visited almost all the regions of Georgia and thus, promoted our unique cultural heritage and made it accessible to our society. We would like to symbolically dedicated this exhibition to the birthday of the Catholic-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II who leads the Georgian Church for more than 4 decades. The greatest achievements are associated with the Catholic-Patriarch not only concerning recognition of autonomy of Georgian Orthodox Church by the World Patriarchate but the significant process of progress we all witnessed”.
It is the first portable exhibition based on the experience of the greatest European museums in accessibility of the cultural heritage and mediation of museum collections. The Head of the Parliamentary Delegation to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, Zakaria Kutsnashvili also addressed the attendees: “the new calendar year in the Parliament starts with this exhibition as the symbol which unifies us, Georgians – it is culture and art and I am grateful to Mme. Jashi for this initiative.
This day is very important and today we wish happy birthday to the most successful and long-living Patriarch in the world. I hope that this exhibition and the authors of the project will allow once again reviewing Georgian history to perceive cultural achievements of Georgian people and declare that we are not only the part of the European civilization but we are the people creating the European civilization”. According to the Director of the National Museum, David Lortkipanidze, the project will continue to unify knowledge and faith.
“Our country always was based on the Christian foundation. This exhibition aims at demonstrating to Georgian society how knowledge and faith can be uniform and to manifest scientific importance of these exhibits”.
The representatives of the Municipalities received the diplomas for their contribution in the exhibition. The event was attended by MPs, representatives of Patriarchate and scientific and academic circles.