Dubai: Unique ‘History and Art of Arabic Calligraphy’ exhibition opens on June 22

  • As part of the activities of the 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum

Dubai: An exhibition showcasing the “History and Art of Arabic Calligraphy”, the first of its kind in the world, will be launched at The Dubai Mall from June 22 to July 6, 2015.

The exhibition will be held under the auspices of “Hamdan Bin Mohammed National Knowledge Initiative” as part of the activities of the 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum, organized by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

The exhibition, which will be held daily from 10:00 am to 01:00 am, will consist of two main themes, namely: Arabic Calligraphy and the History of Arabic Calligraphy, and the stages of its development’, and will be divided into four sections, the History of Arabic Calligraphy through the Ages’, Authentic Calligraphy, Modern Calligraphy and Sculpture of Letters.

The exhibition will feature 28 calligraphers, including 12 from the UAE, 14 from the Arab and Islamic world and two from Spain. The display will feature a total of 70 works of the different calligraphers, in addition to five sculptural pieces. The calligraphers participating in the exhibition include Sabah Al Arabili and Udai Ibrahim Al Araji from Iraq, Noura Garicia from Spain, Yacoub Shawreih from Jordan, Tajelsir Hassan from Sudan, Abdul Razzaq Al Mahmoud from Syria and Mohammed Safar Patty from Algeria.

The exhibition aims to highlight the story and history of Arabic calligraphy, and the development of its nine major types, as well as displaying the modern styles of Arabic calligraphy and how it deals with colours and other artistic aspects in creating calligraphy painting, along with the use of the third dimension in the Arabic letters to create sculptural models that bring the letter out of its traditional patterns.This reflects the creative energy emanating from the spirit of the Arab nation, and the continued development of the art that has not exhausted all its creative and aesthetic aspects yet.

The exhibition also aims to promote interest in this Arab and Islamic authentic art, which represents an important part of our heritage and civilization, and a firm evident to the creativity of our nation that has always been rich in arts that dazzled the world, and acquaint the young and emerging generations of our authentic arts and rich heritage.

The Arab calligraphy is an authentic and pioneering art, which wasn’t seen in other arts. It was not affected by the arts that preceded it, on the contrary, it affected other arts, and has had a significant impact on the transformation of art in Europe from excessive simulation to abstraction, while the Arabic calligraphy already preceded Europe in creating awareness more than a thousand years before European arts. American historian ‘Will Durant’, in his great encyclopedic book ‘The Story of Civilization’, says: “Unless the civilization of the Arabs and Muslims, the Western civilization would have been delayed a thousand years”.

The exhibition is accompanied by a variety of activities such as live shows in which some calligraphers will write the names of the public in a wonderful manner, free of charge, and screens will display documentary films about the Arabic calligraphy.

The 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum has attracted support from strategic partners – Al Maktab Media & Culture and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Initiative of Literary Creativity, as well as main sponsors.

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