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Over the past few years, Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art has made the effort to get more people interested in Islamic calligraphy through a series of workshops and a variety of educational programmes, family events and activities.

As a follow-up to the Qatar-Turkey Year of Culture (2015) and a significant way to further establish the importance of Turkish art and artists, MIA’s brand new exhibition is a display of Islamic calligraphy in all its beauty and splendour.

Contemporary Calligraphy – Mehmet Cebi Collection brings together an interesting and intricate group of calligraphic artworks dating from the 1960s to the present day.

The exhibition focuses on two traditions that glorify the beauty of Islam through art, Hilye-i Serif and tesbih.

Hilye-i Serif (or just Hilya), is a form of contemporary calligraphic art and tesbih (which relates to prayer beads used for ruminative prayer) features a collection of said prayer beads.

Mehmet Cebi is a renowned Turkish art lover and his collections have been displayed at more than 30 venues in his homeland. The 200 pieces that feature in the current exhibition are acknowledged to be some of the finest of their kind in the world.

The collection, which has been growing since the 1990s, reflects the significance of calligraphy not just as a way of communicating, but also as art in Islamic cultures and Cebi hopes to help create a deeper understanding of calligraphy in those who visit.
Free. Until June 17. Open Sun-Thu 10.30am-7pm (closed Tue), Fri 2pm-9pm, Sat noon-9pm. QM Gallery Al Riwaq, Museum of Islamic Art, Al Corniche (4452 5555).

By Time Out Doha staff
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