|Giants of Persian calligraphy spotlight Prophet Muhammad (S)||
The show has been organized by the Halqe-ye Vasl Calligraphy Group in response to the assaults on the Prophet of Islam from around the world over the past year, the secretary of the exhibit, Reza Safari, said in press conference on Saturday.
“The idea for holding the show came in early autumn, when we saw that no artistic response was being made against these assaults,” he added.
The group published a call for the exhibit in Turkey, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
No work was submitted from Turkey, Iraq, or Afghanistan, Safari said, adding that the submissions from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan did not meet the standards of the exhibition.
However, the exhibit will put works on display by big names from Iran including Abbas Akhavein, Keikhosro Khorush, Gholamhossein Amirkhani, Jalil Rasuli, Mohammad Attarchian and Mohammad Salahshur.
A section of the exhibition has also been dedicated to a collection from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The collection consists of works by Mir-Emad Soltan-Ali Mashhadi, Mirza Gholamreza Esfahani and Mir-Hosseim Khoshnevisbashi from Iran and Ahmet Akdik Kamil Effendi and Hafiz Osman from Turkey.
The Halqe-ye Vasl Calligraphy Group is seeking a sponsor to publish a catalog in Arabic, English and French for the exhibition, which will run until March 18.
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