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Exhibitions

CURRENT EXHIBITION

MIDAD: THE PUBLIC AND INTIMATE LIVES OF ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY

12/04/2017 - 19/10/2017

The inaugural exhibition of the El-Nimer Collection, Midād presents over 75 pieces from the eighth to the twentieth centuries, alongside five new commissions from contemporary artists. 

The exhibition investigates the ways in which Arabic calligraphy has throughout history mirrored notions of the public and private, the political and personal, the performative and poetic, as well as the literary environments of its time.

Unbound to chronology or geography, Midād explores Arabic script’s development, transformation and diverse application over time and across the world. Beyond the texts they contain, manuscripts, panels, ceramics, textiles and tools are objects that have been redefined by a process of circulation in different social, geographic and cultural contexts of history.

 

Media Partners: Ibraaz, Onorient, Al-Akhbar

CATALOGUE LAUNCH

MIDAD: THE PUBLIC AND INTIMATE LIVES OF ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY

19/09/2017. 6-8PM

Since the rise of Islam in the seventh century, the art of Arabic calligraphy has been cultivated from Egypt to Iran, but also in most of the lands between Africa and China. In these different contexts, men, but also women, Muslim and at times non-Muslim, have applied themselves to the “art of the line,” as it is known in Arabic. 
The present book is the catalogue of an exhibition held at Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture (Beirut), 12 April-19 October 2017. 

Beautifully illustrated, it invites the reader to explore the worlds of Arabic calligraphy, its ever-changing expressions and its meaning, from proclamations of authority in the public sphere to intimate beliefs about the power of the Word.

Alain Fouad George is I.M. Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Oxford. He has published extensively on Islamic calligraphy and manuscripts, with a particular focus on early Qur’ans.

Location: Main gallery
Open to the public

READING | SAMIR SAYEGH

NEW READINGS FROM

03/10/2017. 7-9PM

"While letters as forms, symbols and hidden signs form a bridge between calligraphy and Sufism, crossing this bridge leads to poetry." - Samir Sayegh
Artist, calligrapher and researcher of Islamic art, Samir Sayegh will be reading passages from his new book “The New Epistles”.
These new passages highlight the attempt to combine poetry and prose poetry with Sufism and Arabic calligraphy as manifested in "Mouzakkarat Ahrof" 2003, "Alef bi Hourouf Kassira" 2014 and “The New Epistles” 2017.
The reading will be followed by book signing and launch.

Location: Auditorium - 2nd floor
Open to the public - Places are limited

 

TALK | ASSEM AL MASRI

THE DIALECTIC OF THE LANGUAGE AND THE UNIVERSE

11/10/2017. 6-8PM

You are invited to explore the mysteries of the Arabic alphabet and the meaning of its letterss as well as the layout of its order with linguist researcher Assem El Masri.

Location: Auditorium - 2nd floor
Open to the public - Places are limited

 

 

WORKSHOP | KARMA TOHME

PAPER & THREAD

13/10/ 2017. 5-8PM 14/10/2017. 11AM-2PM

Taking its inspiration from the great diversity showcased in the Midad exhibition, this workshop proposes to reflect on the construction of the book as a design object by experimenting with paper, format and binding choices.

Karma Tohme is the co-founder, art director and production manager of Plan Bey, a local artisan-publisher working with artists to produce prints, artist books and various publications and multiples. She also teaches graphic design related courses ALBA.

Book your place at activities@darelnimer.org
Participation Fee: 75,000 LBP
Location: 2nd Floor

Events

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BOOK LAUNCH | LUTFI AL-SUMI

THE BIBLE IN THE FACE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND BIBLICAL STUDIES

04/10/2017 . 6:30-8PM

Lutfi Al-Sumi will be presenting his new book "The Bible in the Face of Archaeology and Biblical Studies"
He will be discussing the Biblical myths and the influences they have on the history of the region especially on Palestine.
The talk will be followed by a book signing.


Location: Auditorium - 2nd floor
Open to the public - Places are limited

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PALESTINIAN WEEK

MOHAMMAD BAKRI IN BEIRUT

From 23/09/2017 to 29/09/2017

Assas Association for Arts and Culture and Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, in partnership with Al-Akhbar newspaper and Al-Madina Theatre, are pleased to invite you to Mohammad Bakri in Beirut as part of Palestinian Week.

A series of events will be taking place from the 23rd until the 29th of September in the presence of the acclaimed Palestinian actor and director, Mohammad Bakri.

The program will include some of the following at Al-Madina Theatre:

‘Hanna K.’ a film screening by director Costa Gavras (23rd of September) ‘Al-Moutasha’el’ (The Pessoptimist), a play by novelist Emile Habibi (24th of September).

Programs taking place at Dar El-Nimer will include:
Jenin Jenin’ and ‘Private’, which will be amongst the films screened by director Mohammad Bakri (between the 25th and the 28th of September).Nidal Al-Achkar will also be joining Mohammad Bakri for an evening of poetry, where they will be reciting poems by Mahmoud Darwish (29th of September).

Mohammad Bakri is one of the most prominent actors of the Palestinian theatre. He has committed himself to the people’s concerns and their suffering around the world.

He has received awards for one of his best known works, ‘Al-Moutasha’el’ (The Pessoptimist).
His career began in 1983, when he appeared in the film ‘Hanna K.’, directed by Greek director Costa Gavras. He also starred in several Arab and international movies.
Bakri also worked alongside the likes of Italian director Saverio Costanzo, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Michel Khleifi and Rachid Masharawi.
Mohmmad Bakri also directed films such as ‘1948’ (1998), which records the suffering of 50 years of the Nakba, ‘Jenin Jenin’ (2002), a series of testimonies by survivors of refugee camps following the Israeli invasion of 2002, which resulted in his trial by the Israeli government, which also led to prevent him his film and to be prosecuted.

Location: Auditorium - 2nd floor
Open to the public - Places are limited

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SCREENING

TALL AL ZAATAR

06/10/2017. 6-7PM

We invite you to the Lebanese premiere of the screening of ‘Tall Al-Zaatar’ following 41 years of the massacre and as homage to its directors, Mustafa Abu Ali and Jean Chamoun.

Both Monica Maurer and Emily Jacir have restored the rushes and the Arabic copy, which was destroyed, lost and stolen during the 1982 invasion. They also digitized 9 hours of related footage.

This film is accessible in the Institute of Palestine Studies -Library for consultation

The film will be screened in the presence of Khadija Abu Ali, Mai Masri and Monica Maurer.

‘Tall Al-Zaatar’ is in Arabic with English subtitles
The event is open to the public with limited seats
Location: auditorium – 2nd Floor – back entrance