The Saudi Ministry of Culture organizes in the National Museum in the capital Riyadh, exhibition “The Journey of Writing and Calligraphy” sheds light on the roots of the Arabic language and the development of the art of Arabic calligraphy, coinciding with the celebration of the year of Arabic calligraphy.
In a statement to Al Arabiya.net, Iraqi calligrapher Abdul Ghani Al Ani said that the exhibition embodied a different, unique and wonderful artistic state that helps highlight Islamic culture and civilization in a creative and comprehensive way.
He said that his works, exhibited in a private room, mixed different types of calligraphy, such as al-Diwani, contemporary kufi, Koran-kufi, and thuluth.
He also confirmed that the exhibition gathered the stages of development in the history of calligraphy that Arab civilization has known since ancient times, noting that “Arabic calligraphy is the undisputed first Arabic art, and that was more than 16 centuries ago, in which it did not stop at the development. “
He praised the completeness of the exhibition in its combination of ancient art with its modern counterpart, which does not contradict its originality and antiquity.
The calligrapher Al-Ani also presented a unique Arabic depth and content in his various paintings, such as Koran verses, Arabic proverbs and a bouquet of poetic verses, such as the Antar Ibn Shaddad Suspension, verses by Al-Mutanabi, Ibn Al-Roumi, Elia Abu Madi , Gibran Khalil Gibran and others.
The March of Arabic Calligraphy
In addition, the exhibition presents an integrated journey of Arabic calligraphy and its great teachers through the history of Arabic civilization since the beginnings of writing almost 1,700 years ago on the Arabian Peninsula, covering an area of 1,500 square meters.
The exhibition also includes modern applications of Arabic calligraphy in fashion, design and artificial intelligence.
The sections and contents of the exhibition “The Journey of Writing and Calligraphy” are divided into five stages, including the roots of Arabic script, calligraphy, master calligraphy, contemporary calligraphy and design as well as a meeting of calligraphy and artificial intelligence.
Through these stages, the exhibition introduces visitors to the history of the various scripts that were used in the Arabian Peninsula before the adoption of the Arabic language, as well as the paintings and thresholds engraved with Dadani and Nabataean scripts.
Exhibitions of the most famous arts of Arabic calligraphy
As well as pictures of inscriptions by the famous photographer Robert Polidori in Al-Ula Governorate. Visitors to the exhibition will also find an artificial intelligence device by the Egyptian artist and designer Haitham Nawar near these classic works, which they can use to create a new image manuscript on a digital screen.
The exhibition contains one of the oldest pages of the Noble Koran from the 2nd century AD / 8th century AD, along with a selection of Koranic publications and tables, including the Blue Koran and the Medina Mushaf?
It also features an AI-designed manuscript presented by the Obvious group, composed of French researchers and artists.
The exhibition includes a unique area for Saudi and international masters of Arabic calligraphy such as Ahmed Fares Rizk, Ayman Hassan, Boubaker Sadek, Taj Al-Sir Al-Hassan, Jassim Maraj Al-Failakawi and others.
The Iraqi calligrapher Abdul Ghani Al-Ani
In addition, the Ministry of Culture has set up a hall for the teachers of Arabic calligraphy, which includes 31 exhibits with thousands of scripts written by the Iraqi poet, the heir of the Baghdad school founded in the third AH / 10th century AD and calligrapher Abdul Ghani al-Ani, born in 1937, is considered one of the masters of contemporary calligraphy and is the recipient of the 2009 UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arabic Culture.
Nomad signs in art
The exhibition includes a section entitled “Travelers’ Signs in Contemporary Art and Design” which shows the crucial role ancient Arabic texts played in the development of Arabic script in contemporary art and design.
It is noteworthy that the exhibition lasts until August 21 and includes various sections that bring together the most famous works of the masters of Arabic calligraphy.