12 April 2017 - 21 October 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.
Talk . 13 April 2017 - 13 April 2017
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY THROUGH THE EL-NIMER COLLECTION
DR. ALAIN FOUAD GEORGE
In this lecture, based primarily on objects seen in the Midad exhibition, we will glimpse at the main lines of these developments in the Islamic world, from West Africa to China
Talk . 18 April 2017 - 18 April 2017
THE GEOMETRY OF ARABIC LETTER SHAPES AS RECEPTACLES OF DIVINE IMMANENCE
Presentation of 'The Cosmic Script'
Talk . 30 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
THE BIRTH OF TYPOGRAPHY OUT OF THE SPIRIT OF CALLIGRAPHY
This talk is a thorough examination of the journey from contemporary calligraphy into typography
Workshop . 8 July 2017 - 8 July 2017
LETTERS LETTERS LETTERS!
KHAJAG APELIAN & FARAH FAYYAD
Participants will draw their own using a variety of tools, compiling the results into a functioning Arabic font
Tour . 11 July 2017 - 11 July 2017
ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY AT THE BASHOURA CEMETERY
A guided tour of the Bachoura cemetery to study the history of tombstones
Talk . 25 July 2017 - 25 July 2017
BRIDGING ARABIC SCRIPT & TYPE
PANEL ON ARABIC TYPE
The discussion will be centered around the necessity of building bridges between tradition and modernity in order to create authentic and high-quality Arabic typefaces.
Book Launch . 19 September 2017 - 19 September 2017
MIDAD: THE PUBLIC AND INTIMATE LIVES OF ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY
ALAIN FOUAD GEORGE
The book 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
Talk . 4 October 2017 - 4 October 2017
THE BIBLE IN THE FACE OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND BIBLICAL STUDIES
Presentation of 'The Bible in the Face of Archaeology and Biblical Studies'
Talk . 11 October 2017 - 11 October 2017
THE DIALECTIC OF THE LANGUAGE AND THE UNIVERSE
ASSEM AL MASRI
Explore the mysteries of the Arabic alphabet and the meaning of its letters
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