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We Art Together

An Islamic Art Exhibition: A Selection of Works of Turkish Calligraphy

Dates: 27th February 2018 – 3rd March 2018

Visiting Hours: 10.00am - 6.00pm, Tuesday – Saturday

Venue: Asia House

63 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1G 7LP

Admission: Free

Arabic script began to develop by the birth of Islam, growing into a separate art form through the concerted efforts to copy the text of the Holy Qur’an in the most beautiful way possible. Nations that embraced the new religion adopted this new art form, most notably the Ottoman Turks as well as the various Islamic states established in the Persianate world may be reminded in this regard. After the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the Ottoman school of calligraphy acquired a character of its own and continued to develop until the twentieth century.

The exhibition includes forty works from the collection of the Albaraka Turk Participation Bank in Istanbul. They comprise two categories:

1. Eleven works in jali thuluth and jali ta’liq script by the great masters of the nineteenth century, the golden age of Ottoman calligraphy, ably rendered in marbled paper by the contemporary artist Alparslan Babaoğlu.
2. Twenty-four works in thuluth, naskh, muhaqqaq, rayhani, jali ta’liq, and jali thuluth (a style mostly written in the form of vertically-stacked compositions [istif]).

While calligraphy is an independent art on its own, its beauty is dressed by the art of illumination. Born centuries ago in Central Asia, the Islamic art of manuscript illumination developed through the stylization into abstract motifs of plant and animal forms. These are painted with gold ink and various pigments, thus they acquired superb colors. The illumination on twenty-four of the works on exhibit are by young artists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

The captivating and fascinating exhibition of “We Art Together” is supported by

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