Chairman of Kuwait Islamic Arts Center (KIAC) Fareed Al-Ali is participating in the 8th Dubai International Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition to be held from April 14 to May 15. Al-Ali said yesterday that he was invited to the event by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, which is organizing the exhibition, adding that he is participating with two paintings titled ‘Mashallah.’
Ali also noted that he is running a workshop on Kufic calligraphy for children in primary and intermediate schools as part of the event. The exhibition is showcasing thoroughly-detailed paintings of different types of Islamic calligraphy, attracting all tastes, the Chairman said.
The Dubai exhibition presents one of the largest collections of calligraphy masterpieces by more than 50 accomplished artists from across the Arab world. The event showcases works of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, including unique pieces reflecting remarkable aesthetics and creativity in modern Arabic calligraphy.
Moreover, it will display sections of the Holy Quran of King Hussein bin Talal that features engravings in Maliki Islamic style calligraphy, which is being showcased in coordination with Tiba traditional Islamic Book Arts in Jordan. Over 70 specialized workshops for all ages are held as part of the event, patronized by Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, to learn of different techniques used in the art.
The exhibition aims to present calligraphy as one of the most powerful art forms in the Islamic heritage, as well as the regions cultural and social identity.