Chinese Muslim artists create Arabic calligraphy

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The art of Arabic calligraphy has been interpreted by Chinese artists using traditional Chinese ink and style at a group exhibition featuring 60 stunning works which opened Monday at the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara in Doha, Qatar.

The Arabic calligraphy art pieces on display depict verses from the Holy Quran and names of Allah the Almighty completed by a group of Chinese artists utilizing various Chinese traditional techniques and style.

Titled 'Arabic Calligraphy by Chinese Artists’, the unique exhibition was opened by Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti in the presence of Chinese artists, art enthusiasts, media and representatives of diplomatic missions.

"This exhibition is a tribute to this group of Muslim calligraphers from China. The paintings meaningfully bind Islamic heritage with Chinese art using innovative technique," said Dr Al Sulaiti.

He commended the Chinese artists for their determination and perseverance in creating pieces that portray a beautiful and unique interpretation of Islamic art.

Chinese Ambassador to Qatar Li Chen expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Katara for its continuous support and efforts to host international artists. Following the opening ceremony, Dr Al Sulaiti, Ambassador Li and the artists took turns to paint Islamic script in their own style using Chinese ink resulting in a nine-meter long poster adorned with various techniques, texts and styles unique to each person.

Running in parallel with the exhibition, a workshop is being organized at Katara Art Studios for art enthusiasts to explore other Islamic calligraphy techniques. The workshop is conducted by Chinese artists including Haje Noor Aldin Mi Guangjiang, M A Guoli, Hu Baoguo, Fatima Cao Yiying, and Teng Zhifa.

The exhibition is open to the public from 10am to 10pm until May 20 at Gallery 2 of Katara’s Building 19.



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