Exhibition of “Islamic and Modern Arabic Calligraphy” presents 30 artworks of the two artists.
Calligraphy is known as “beautiful handwriting,” and in Arabic it also means the “art of the pen” and “the geometry of the spirit.” Arabic calligraphy is a genuine Arabic and Islamic art form that links the literary heritage of the Arabic language with the religion of Islam. It is an artistic tradition of extraordinary beauty, richness and power. The Qur’an played a major role in the development and evolution of Arabic script and calligraphy, and was the main inspiration for beautifying the words of God. The first revelation of the Qur’an inspired Arab and Muslim artists to be creative and use calligraphy as a spiritual and artistic identity. Arabic calligraphy has been used for centuries to decorate architectural buildings, manuscripts, and objects of daily life. Despite the diversity of the Arabic and Islamic world, Arabic Calligraphy is a major element that unified Islamic art.It is an art that is considered a form of worship and played a major role in Arabic and Islamic cultures.
Throughout the centuries, calligraphy remained a supreme art form, replacing design, painting and sculpture. Calligraphy was not only found in palaces and mosques, but on clothing, carpets, decorative items and literary works.
Artworks of exhibits presents a new generation of artists that presented the arts of Arabic calligraphy at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Exhibition also involves several calligraphic works from different school of arts, which before were published at Bibliotheca Alexandrina in cooperation with UNSECO.
Exhibition represents calligraphy jobs of:
Mohamed Ibrahim – Arabic Calligrapher from Alexandria
Mohamed Gomaa – Head of printing unit at Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Exhibition was prepared by:
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt) in cooperation with Kultūros Centras “In Actio” (Lithuania).