A number of calligraphy works by veteran artists from member states of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) have been showcased during an exhibition held in the Iranian capital, Tehran. Over one hundred exquisite works in different styles of calligraphy and calligraphic paintings inspired by the Arabic word, Bismillah (In the Name of God) are being displayed at the Diplomatic Gallery of the ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) in Tehran. Gholam-Hossein Amirkhani, Mohammad Salahshour, Hamid Ajami, Nasrollah Afjei, Sedaqat Jabbari, Ahmad Pilehchi and Hassan Ahangaran are among the masters whose works are on show. Last year, Tehran mounted similar exhibition of calligraphy works titled The Land of the Sun created by a group of artists from ECO member states.
A number of unique Qur’anic manuscripts of Islamic countries and ECO member states were also put on display at Iran's National Library and Document Center’s pavilion at the 2012 Qur’an International Exhibition in Tehran.ECI through holding these exhibitions aims to foster understanding among ECO member states and preserve their rich cultural heritage through common projects in the field of media, literature, arts, philosophy, sport and education. ECO Bismillah calligraphy exhibition will be running until September 28, 2012. FGP/SS