Tuesday, June 17, 2008

TMCA Show to Display Traditional Calligraphy Tools

Tehran Times Art Desk

TEHRAN -- The Tehran Museum of
Contemporary Art (TMCA) will be displaying traditional instruments used
for Iranian calligraphy this summer.

The tools, which include various kinds of pens, penholders, penknives, and scissors, are gathered by private collectors.

This is part of the great exhibition of masters of the nastaliq style of calligraphy which opens in early July.

Nastaliq is one of the main genres of Islamic calligraphy. It was developed in Iran in the 14th and 15th centuries and it has been popular in Persian, Turkish, and South Asian cultural spheres of

Three copies of the Holy Quran inscribed in nastaliq style by masters Hossein Mirkhani, Seifollah Yazdani and Ayatollah Najafi-Zanjani will also go on show.

Seminars on traditional and contemporary art of Persian calligraphy will also be held on the sidelines of the month-long event.

The Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry’s Office for Visual Arts, the Association of Iranian Calligraphers, and the Visual Arts Department of Tehran’s Art Bureau are the cosponsors of the event.

Tehran Museum is located on North Kargar St., next to Laleh Park.

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