17 Jun 2024

Calligraphy exhibition in Venice: THE WAY OF WRITING (Seven hundred years of calligraphic art between East and West) featuring Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi

Dates: 24 April to 15 October 2024 

Location: Venice, Museo Correr, Galleria dell’Ala Napoleonica 

In 2024, the MUVE will continue its firmly established initiatives to promote the knowledge and practice of calligraphy among the general public. On display are the works of six contemporary artists from China, Iran, Iraq, Armenia and Italy, as well as a series of ancient documents and manuscripts preserved by the Correr Museum Library in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese and Burmese languages, in a journey in which the Silk Road becomes the Way of Writing. 

In Golnaz Fathi’s works, she combines traditional calligraphy with contemporary artistic expression by stretching the boundaries of the very concept of calligraphy: while maintaining the visual essence of the written word, Fathi writes what she calls non-writings, that is, writings devoid of semantic value and intended to be interpreted not with the eyes but through the heart. The inspiration for the scrolls in this exhibition comes from the poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273). Each scroll is reminiscent of a litany, a haunting repetition of forms that we would like to read but cannot just as the artist cannot read them, despite having had Rumi’s poem in mind as she wrote them. These non-writings seem to be a negation of codified language, the paradoxical image of the impossible attempt at a real communication of being.

For more details, please contact the gallery at info@pearllamgalleries.com and visit https://correr.visitmuve.it/en/mostre-en/mostre-in-corso-en/calligraphy-exhibition-the-way-of-writing/2024/03/23016/calligraphy-exhibition-2/