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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 7:20:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 12:20:52 AM

Islamic Arts Museum rolls out sprawling calligraphy show

Acclaimed Egyptian artist Ahmed Moustafa's 'Frolicking Horses', which reflects a fusion of classical European painting techniques and the exacting discipline of Islamic calligraphy, is one of the highlights of the 'Nun Wa Al Qalam – Contemporary Muslim Calligraphers' exhibition at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Acclaimed Egyptian artist Ahmed Moustafa's 'Frolicking Horses', which reflects a fusion of classical European painting techniques and the exacting discipline of Islamic calligraphy, is one of the highlights of the 'Nun Wa Al Qalam – Contemporary Muslim Calligraphers' exhibition at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Islamic calligraphy is the focus of museum’s new exhibition.

THE Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur celebrates its 15th anniversary with the Nun Wa Al Qalam – Contemporary Muslim Calligraphers exhibition that showcases a selection of over 100 artworks from the museum’s vast collection.

The ambitious and sprawling exhibition features the works of 36 artists from eight countries – Japan, China, Malaysia, Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

The collection comprises contemporary pieces that reflect the diverse tradition of calligraphic script styles from around the world, as well as the impressions and creativity used to express and manifest them.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur celebrates its 15th anniversary with the 'Nun wa al Qalam - Contemporary Muslim Calligraphers' exhibition.
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur celebrates its 15th anniversary with the Nun Wa Al Qalam – Contemporary Muslim Calligraphers exhibition.

Among the artists featured are China’s Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang, Japan’s Fuad Koichi Honda, Tunisian Nja Mahdaoui, Egyptians Essam Abdul Fattah and Ahmed Moustafa, Iranians Mohammad Bozorgi, Alireza Karimpour and Alireza Mohebi, right to Malaysians Ahmad Dhiya and Haji Omar Rahmat.

Ranging in size and materials, from ink on paper and oil on canvas to acrylic on fibre glass, the works of art will be displayed in two special galleries.

Iranian Alireza Karimpour's 'Untitled', a mixed media on canvas work, creates a startling visual impact at the 'Nun wa al Qalam: Contemporary Muslim Calligraphers' exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.
Iranian Alireza Karimpour's Untitled, a mixed media on canvas work, creates a startling visual impact at the Nun Wa Al Qalam – Contemporary Muslim Calligraphers exhibition.

The recently launched exhibition, which ends on May 10, 2014, is set to be an eye-opener for visitors and the local calligraphy community.

A special highlight of the exhibition will be a section dedicated to five outstanding female calligraphers, who include Iranian artists Maryam Ghanbarian, Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi and Golnaz Fathi. In addition to discussing the role of female calligraphic artists in the development of Islamic calligraphic art, this section will also serve as a public platform for them to share with reflections and inspirations.

* More info at www.iamm.org.my. Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is located in Jalan Lembah Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.

Tags / Keywords: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, calligraphy, art

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