Switzerland has mounted an exhibition of Persian calligraphy works by a group of Iranian artists at the Kashya Hildebrand Gallery of Zurich.
The Next Generation: Contemporary Iranian Calligraphy displays works by six emerging Iranian artists, including Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, Hadyieh Shafie, Mohammad Bozorgi, Abolfazl Shahi, Habib Farajabadi and Behrouz Zindashti.
Iranians have always been known for their appreciation of beauty and their artistic taste in creating masterpieces from elements. A brilliant example of such artistry is Persian calligraphy.
Considered one of the highest Islamic art forms, calligraphy became an indispensable part of Persian society in the beginning of the Islamic era so that it was not only practiced by professional artists but also by royalty and nobility.
In the 11th century six basic calligraphy styles became popular, which were referred to as, Naskh, Thuluth, Muhaqqaq, Rihani, Tauqi, and Riqa.
Nasta'liq is known as the most attractive Persian calligraphy style, broadly used in copying romantic and epic Persian poetry and literary manuscripts, such as the famous edition of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh
copied at the Timurid court.
Today, Persian calligraphy combines traditional ideals of magnificence with creative pictorial writing and calligraphy is not only used to decorate monuments but also for creating formal letterheads, banner ads, book covers and business logos.
The Next Generation: Contemporary Iranian Calligraphy
will run until August 18, 2012.