Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition @ Wafi Mall – April 15th-30th

Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition @ Wafi Mall - April 15th-30th

Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition @ Wafi Mall – April 15th-30th

Dubai Art Season 2017 will witness the 9th edition of Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The exhibition will serve as a closing event for Dubai Art Season, showcasing the myriad facets of Arabic calligraphy and works produced by accomplished international calligraphers.

The exhibition, which takes place every two years, celebrates calligraphy as one of the most powerful art forms for highlighting the brilliance of the written word and putting forth powerful ideas that are related to Islamic heritage, as well as the region’s cultural and social identity.

The exhibition aims to shed light on the use of calligraphy in contemporary design and frame the art form in a modern context to enhance its appeal for today’s Islamic and Arab communities and artists. This ensures that calligraphy reaches the largest possible audience across various international cultures, while remaining true to its classical origins.

Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition 2017 is welcoming more than 50 calligraphers, who will showcase a mixture of classical and modern artworks. 10 workshops, which are expected to attract over 150 participants, will run alongside the exhibition and provide deep insights into the history of this art form and its various styles.

The art of Calligraphy

A reed holds worlds within it and can be used to communicate complex thoughts when it is an instrument in the hands of a master calligrapher. The Arabic alphabet is famed for its structural beauty and flexibility, which allow a calligrapher the creative freedom to convey complex thoughts using a combination of letters and design. Arabic calligraphy has been used to decorate mosques, palaces, holy books and scripts, sometimes on papyrus and animal skin parchment. While the ancient manifestations of this art form have long been treasured by collectors, its ability to adapt to modern interpretation and tools has ensured its relevance in a contemporary setting. It is used both as a centrepiece celebrating the written word and to complement larger art or architectural pieces. Serious collectors value the pieces in their collection for what they tell of their time, culture, thought and identity, even as their beauty remains timeless. The work of master calligraphers is recognised by both style and signature, with some being prized among the world’s most valued. Collections may be themed according to style or time periods – from the angular Kufic, which is the oldest form of Arabic script, to the more cursive Naskh style that followed it, and numerous others such as Thuluth, Muhaqqaq, Rayhani, Tawqi’ and Riqa’. Modern interpretations of calligraphy are found in urban art with artists using contemporary themes to express themselves. Calligraphy is truly a timeless expression of knowledge and beauty.

Wafi Mall, 15th to 30th April 2017
Opening Ceremony 18th April
Workshop 16th to 25th April

(From Dubai Culture)