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An exploration of the diversity and beauty of Arabic calligraphy, the show presents 75 artworks dating from the eighth to the 20th centuries. With the inclusion of five new commissions from Lebanese contemporary artists, the exhibition offers an art historical narrative and contemporizes the Arabic language."Midad" shows the historical narrative of Arabic calligraphy on the first-floor exhibition hall, while the contemporary commissions are hung on the second.The carved white marble conveys the usage of Arabic calligraphy in urban architecture.Through various epochs, art of the Muslim world has combined the Arabic language with geometrical patterns and motifs to create symbolic wholes.Works like this suggest the rich nuances and history of Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy.The piece suggests a fresh take on Arabic calligraphy and explores the rich diversity of the genre.Religious portraits and depictions are banned by the Quran.
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