International Calligraphy Festival: 100 artists at the Museum of illumination

Posted on May 31, 2012

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Nearly a hundred calligraphers, Algerian and foreign, participate in the 4th International Cultural Festival in calligraphy, opened Tuesday in Algiers.
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Nearly a hundred calligraphers, Algerian and foreign, participate in the 4th International Cultural Festival in calligraphy, opened Tuesday in Algiers.
Artists from Algeria and twenty foreign countries display their calligraphy at the National Museum of illumination, miniature and calligraphy (Mustapha Pasha Palace, Algiers), until June 7.
The opening of this cultural event which aims to raise awareness of calligraphy, an art rooted in tradition both literary and spiritual, was attended by the Minister of Culture Khalida Toumi.
Koranic verses, verses drawn from Sufi poetry, quotes excerpts from old Arabic as well as letters and Arabic words isolated, are lettered in all tables with black India ink, in particular, and sometimes with Walleye, paint and a whole mix of techniques. The works on display, by their variety, allow visitors to travel to the heart of the Arabic language in (re) discovering its richness and fluidity of his letters.
They also carry the two worlds, ancient and contemporary. The styles widely present in calligraphy by artists from different backgrounds (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, Egypt and others) are the “Maghribi”, the “Koufi” and “Farissi”. Also a ray has been devoted to Asian calligraphy, represented by China and Japan.
Besides the exhibition of the works, the festival program includes lectures about the art of calligraphy, as well as workshops for the benefit of amateur calligraphers.

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