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Calligraphy Exhibition Elegant Illustration of Written Word
October 21, 2017 - July 8, 2018
More than Words: The Art of Calligraphy across Asia unveils the most
prestigious art form of Asia, where calligraphy is held in greater esteem than painting or sculpture.
The exhibition opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City Oct. 21, 2017 and runs
through July 8, 2018. Ranging in date from circa 1200 B.C.E. to the present, spanning Iraq to Japan,
the exhibition includes a 9th-10th-century Qu’ran folio in the elegant Kufic script in ink and gold, a
17th-century Armenian manuscript of the Four Gospels by Mesrop of Xizan, and a rare Mongrol
passport inlaid in silver in ‘Phags-pa script, a language now dead. Works by Shahzia Sikander,
Ambreen Butt, Haji Noor Deen,
and Shao Yan demonstrate
contemporary artists’ use of
calligraphy as a mode of expression
“This exhibition celebrates the
beauty and power of writing,
bringing together remarkable works
of art from across time and the vast
Asian continent,” said Julián
Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary
Louise Blackwell CEO & Director
of the Nelson-Atkins. “The art is
arranged thematically, allowing visitors to draw connections across many styles and cultures”.