From Saturday to Friday: from 5 pm - 10:00 pm
Scripts and Calligraphy: Paths to the Soul exhibition explores the spiritual dimension of calligraphy in the Arab-Muslim civilization through historical, classical, and contemporary artworks. The art of Arabic calligraphy originates in the transcription of the Quranic revelation, an expression of faith in God, as well as the beauty and harmony of Arabic script. In 2022, following an initiative led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in a collaboration with 15 Arabic speaking countries, Arabic calligraphy was inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List, thus testifying to its immense value for humanity. Organized by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, the second edition of the Scripts and Calligraphy exhibition, Paths to the Soul focuses on four complementary themes: Light, Letter, Space, and Poetry, all of which shed light on the spirituality that infuses both the reflection and techniques of the calligrapher and the emotion that Arabic calligraphy arouses in those who read it and contemplate it. The notions of light, letter, space, and poetry embody universal and spiritual values that frame the works on display and group them together to spark a potent and thought-provoking dialogue. Arabic script and calligraphy play a central role as the binding agent of disparate objects, from different time periods and of diverse nature. The use of the Arabic script in contemporary art and design testifies to the lasting spiritual power we attribute to both the “word” and its visual embodiment into a “script”, for the Arabic script is both a medium for communication as well as a vehicle for beauty and spirituality. For this edition, 34 calligraphers from 11 nationalities participated in this exhibition, among whom 12 from Saudi Arabia ; 19 contemporary artists and designers from 12 nationalities have also contributed, among whom 4 from Saudi Arabia. Scripts and Calligraphy: Paths to the Soul invites visitors to reconnect with their cultural heritage, and to journey inwards through the beauty of Arabic calligraphy.