Penang Global Ethic Project Launch
Arabic & Chinese Calligraphy
'The Golden Rule'
4 February to 10 March 2006
....at Galeri Pinang, Dewan Sri Pinang,
published in New Sunday Times, Malaysia,
Sunday, 19 February 2006
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first exhibition to bring together calligraphic artworks from
both the Far East and Middle East traditions is now being displayed
in Penang for about a month.
The exhibition features winning entries from the Arabic and Chinese
calligraphic competition held at the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala
Lumpur last year.
intercultural project was originally meant to draw together individuals
and artists from different religious and ethnic backgrounds through
a single value shared by various world civilisations.
theme of "treat others as you would like to be treated"
was selected as a common ethical denominator found in all faiths
and traditions in the world.
as the "Golden Rule", this theme became the focal point
of the calligraphy competition.
the same spirit that it delves on a mutual cross-cultural subject,
the exhibition also focuses on a common artistic medium that is
somehow shared by the two geographically distant traditions.
art of calligraphy has been highly developed in both the Arab
and Chinese civilisations for centuries.
is especially interesting to observe in the exhibition is the
contrast in aesthetic principles between the two calligraphic
when the works are placed together, one cannot help but also feel
a sense of semblance in the abstract beauty the two disciplines
exude, even as their spirits originate from completely separate
sides of the Asian continent.
event is being held as part of the Penang Global Ethic Project,
a month-long series of programmes to promote concepts of universal
peace and multi-religious harmony.
The exhibition featuring Arabic and Chinese Calligraphy on the
'Golden Rule' will be held at Galeri Pinang, Dewan Seri Pinang
till March 10. For details, call 04-2613144 or visit www.globalethicpenang.net.
and panoramic clips by Adrian