Release Summary: Dubai Holding and the British Museum showcase Arabic
calligraphy artists of the modern Middle East at the Dubai International
Release Body: Following a successful run in 2006, the British
Museum and Dubai Holding have announced that the exhibition
Word into Art will be on show in Dubai until the
end of April 2008. Admission is free.
into Art exhibition at the Dubai
International Finance Centre celebrates the creativity
of Middle Eastern artists, focusing on the way writing has been
used in modern art. From traditional Arabic scripts to present day
graffiti, artists across the region have found innovative ways of
using script. They write verses from the Qur’an, lines of
poetry, use texts to highlight their preoccupation with politics,
or simply show their delight in the shape of the Arabic letter.
It is this rich diversity of approaches that this exhibition seeks
Al Gergawi, Executive Chairman of Dubai
Holding said, “I’m glad that Dubai
Holding has taken this opportunity to partner with The
British Museum to host such an excellent exhibition. In
the Middle East, Dubai Holding is committed to
encouraging innovation in all aspects of our society and developing
the talents of the artistic community in the region is a very important
part of this goal. This exhibition demonstrates just how impressive
these talents are.”
majority of works in the exhibition are from the British
Museum, which uniquely amongst British institutions has
been acquiring works by artists from the Middle East and North Africa
since the mid-1980s. The exhibition is divided into four sections.
Sacred Script, explains the relationship between Arabic script and
the religion of Islam, showing the enduring vitality of the Islamic
calligraphic tradition today.
innovative work of Ahmad Moustafa, Kamal
Boullata, Khaled al-Saai, Fou’ad
Honda, Siah Armajani and Erol
Akyavas are included in this section. The powerful literary
tradition of the Middle East, the enduring appeal of ancient and
modern Arabic and Persian poetry, and the work of Sufi writers is
evoked in Literature and Art.
Deconstructing the Word, works by Dia Azzawi, Hassan Massoudy, Etel
Adnan, Abdallah Benanteur, Shirin Neshat, Farhad Moshiri, Ebrahim
Bousaad, Jamal Abd al-Rahim and others reveal how artists
seek to find ever more inventive ways of writing or illustrating
these famous texts.
and words are sometimes legible but more often they are not, having
been turned into beautiful abstract patterns by artists as diverse
as Rachid Koraichi , Michal Rovner, Faisal Samra, Parviz
Tanavoli, Yussef Ahmed and Ali Hassan. Finally, Identity,
History and Politics looks at the ways in which the words
embedded in these works can provide society with real snapshots
of history as well as revealing reactions to the region’s
devastating conflicts during the past few decades. Included here
is the work of Kareem Risan, Walid Raad, Laila Shawa, Sabah
Naim and Khusrau Hasanzade.
MacGregor, Director of the British Museum commented, “This
will be the first time that the British Museum
has sent an exhibition to the Middle East. Dubai is the perfect
choice as it is a thriving centre for contemporary art. It is wonderful
that Dubai Holding have given us the opportunity
to stage this important exhibition in such an important city”.
Dubai Holding Dubai Holding was launched in October 2004 to consolidate
the various large-scale infrastructure and investment projects in
Dubai, as well as to
identify opportunities to develop future major projects that will
benefit the UAE and the region.
company was created with the goal of providing a better future for
all through the range of life-improving industries it is involved
in. Each Dubai Holding operating company focuses
on key areas which dynamically support the development of Dubai
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Holding has created a strong foothold in various industries,
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