Embark on a spiritual journey through the world of Arabic calligraphy at Saudi Arabia’s Scripts and Calligraphy exhibition, showcasing the profound beauty and cultural significance of this timeless art form

THE Ministry of Culture in Saudi Arabia is set to host the highly anticipated second edition of the Scripts and Calligraphy exhibition, a celebration of Arabic calligraphy as an integral part of Arab culture and identity. Taking place from 11 June to 2 September 2023 at the Irqah Hospital in Riyadh, followed by a stint at the Madina Arts Center from 15 October to 23 December 2023, this exhibition aims to highlight the spiritual dimension of calligraphy and its profound impact on the Arab and Islamic world.

Themed ‘Paths to the Soul,’ this year’s edition will delve into the emotions and thoughts evoked by Arabic calligraphy through four subthemes: Light, Letter, Space, and Poetry. Each subtheme will be meticulously curated and presented in a section of the exhibition, allowing visitors to explore the intricate techniques and profound concepts employed by calligraphers, contemporary designers, and artists.

Renowned architects and scenographers Jean-Paul Boulanger, Margo Renisio, and Tang Tu have been entrusted with designing the Scripts and Calligraphy exhibition. A total of fifty-three calligraphers and contemporary artists from 12 countries, including 16 from Saudi Arabia, will showcase their masterpieces. The exhibition will not only feature commissioned works but also a captivating selection of Islamic artworks and rare manuscripts from the permanent collection of the Saudi Ministry of Culture. Additionally, exclusive pieces lent from esteemed institutions like the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and the National Heritage Institute in Tunis, as well as private collectors from the region, will further enrich the exhibition.

Recognizing the significance of Arabic calligraphy as a cherished aspect of the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, the Ministry of Culture has undertaken various initiatives to preserve and celebrate this unique art form. In 2020, Saudi Arabia designated it as the Year of Arabic Calligraphy, showcasing its commitment to safeguarding this treasured tradition. Moreover, the country spearheaded a successful collaboration with 15 other Arab nations to inscribe Arabic calligraphy on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, solidifying its position as a global symbol of Arab culture.

With its exploration of the spiritual and artistic depths of Arabic calligraphy, the Scripts and Calligraphy exhibition promises to be a captivating and immersive experience for visitors. By celebrating this timeless art form and its cultural significance, Saudi Arabia continues to nurture its rich heritage while offering a platform for local and international artists to showcase their talents and contribute to the legacy of Arabic calligraphy.

Sourced from Saudi Press Agency