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.
This interactive workshop invites children to explore Arabic script from an unusual perspective. Over the span of two hours, children will be immersed in a series of entertaining and educational experiences using their senses. How can we make letter shapes with our bodies? Think of characters in terms of animals? Match one calligraphic style with another? Led by Studio Kawakeb, kids will be inspired to explore and engage with language and writing beyond speech and text itself.
Studio Kawakeb: Visual arts studio
Book your place at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participation fee: 15,000 LBP
'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