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Contemporary Calligraphy – Mehmet Çebi Collection

15th May – 17th June 2017

A notable selection of intricate and beautiful calligraphic artworks dating from the 1960’s to the present day. The exhibition will focus on two traditions, renowned for their glorification of the beauty of Islam through art.

The first is an assortment of Hilye-i Şerif (The Noble Hilya), a form of classic calligraphic art. The second is a collection of tesbih (prayer beads), used for ruminative prayer.

Collected by renowned Turkish expert Mehmet Çebi, more than 200 pieces will feature in the exhibition, which brings together what is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest collections of its kind, anywhere in the world.

Mehmet Çebi is the founder of the world’s first Noble Hilya and Prayer Beads Museum in Suleymaniye-Istanbul, and has been developing his collection related to classical calligraphy and Noble Hilya with a contemporary approach to this traditional art form since the 1990’s. His collections have been exhibited in more than 30 venues in Turkey and abroad.

Contemporary Calligraphy – Mehmet Çebi Collection will reflect the importance of calligraphy as a major form of artistic expression in Islamic cultures and highlight Qatar Museums’ commitment to building bridges of understanding between cultures through organising broad and varied exhibitions and programmes that celebrate art, heritage and creativity. Mehmet Çebi’s vision in developing the collection is to deepen understanding and appreciation for the art form around the world. 

QATAR MUSEUMS GALLERY, AL RIWAQ

With a diverse schedule of exhibitions and a vast space, Al Riwaq will always surprise you. The space also hosts temporary exhibitions by museums in our network that are yet to open.
Gürkan Pehlivan Hilya in Thuluth and Naskh Dated AH 1431 / 2010 AD Ink and watercolor on paper 87 x 59 cm Mehmet Çebi collection, Istanbul
Gürkan Pehlivan Hilya in Thuluth and Naskh Dated AH 1431 / 2010 AD Ink and watercolor on paper 87 x 59 cm Mehmet Çebi collection, Istanbul
Prayer beads, Turquoise and gold Mehmet Çebi collection, Istanbul
Prayer beads, Turquoise and gold Mehmet Çebi collection, Istanbul

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