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The exhibition will take place in Washington DC, USA.

Persian calligraphy exhibition to open in Washington
15 Aug 2014

A range of 20 historical manuscripts that are not often put on show are set to appear at 'Nasta‘liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy', an upcoming display at Washington's Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

The exhibition focuses on the Persian calligraphy form nasta‘liq, which was developed in the 14th to 16th centuries and mainly used in writing down poetry.  

The show will open its doors September 13th and closes March 22nd next year.

Organisers say that the display marks the first time an exhibition has focused on nasta‘liq in particular and that is set to showcase several masters of the form who lived between the 14th and 17th centuries.

They have also explained that calligraphers were often very famous - and the exhibition includes stories about their rivalries and fame.

"Nasta‘liq represents one of the most accomplished forms of Persian art, developed at a time of cultural and artistic effervescence in Iran," exhibition curator Simon Rettig has said.

"In a sense, it became the visual embodiment of the Persian language enthusiastically embraced from Istanbul to Delhi and from Bukhara to Baghdad."

The show will include a demonstration film, tools and other items used in calligraphy which demonstrate that the script is still being used in the modern world.

Indeed it's the top type of Persian calligraphy in the present-day world in terms of popularity, according to the Smithsonian.

On March 7th, the display will form a part of a Persian New Year festival at the Sackler Gallery.

Most of the items on show come from the Sackler Gallery and the nearby Freer Gallery of Art's own collections.ADNFCR-408-ID-801742545-ADNFCR

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