PR No. 56 Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni inaugurates Exhibition of Pakistani Calligraphy at the Italian National Museum of Oriental Arts organized by the Embassy of Pakistan, Rome Islamabad

Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign Minister, inaugurated the exhibition “Calligraphy and Calligraphic Art of Pakistan – Contemporary Styles and Tendencies” today in Rome at the prestigious Italian National Museum of Oriental Arts, says a Press Release received from Rome here today.

The Foreign Minister in his opening remarks, fondly recalled his recent visit to Pakistan which he termed as very productive. He termed Pakistan as a “great country” which has very versatile people. Pakistan and Italy enjoy a close relationship with a long-standing cooperation in the field of culture. He noted that cultural cooperation was an important facet for promoting people to people contacts and strengthening bilateral ties. Appreciating the quality of works displayed, the Foreign Minister congratulated the Pakistan Embassy and the Italian Ministry of Culture for organizing the exhibition which will contribute to better understanding of a significant aspect of Pakistan’s culture among the Italian public.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz appreciated the important contribution which Italian archaeologists have made for the preservation of Pakistan’s archaeological treasures.  He stressed the importance of cultural harmony and understanding between different cultures. He said that enhancing cultural exchanges would positively contribute towards strengthening existing relations between Pakistan and Italy. He thanked the Museum and the Italian authorities for their support and cooperation in organizing the exhibition. He also appreciated the artists who had contributed their works for the exhibition.

Renowned Pakistani calligraphy expert Mr. Athar Tahir spoke about the tradition of calligraphy in Pakistan. Ms. Sumaira Amin, Associate Professor National College of Arts elaborated on the various techniques and materials used by Islamic calligraphers.

On display are 34 works of 14 calligraphists from all over Pakistan representing various styles of contemporary calligraphy. Pakistani calligraphers have made notable contribution to calligraphy. While continuing to be inspired by Islamic traditions, Pakistani artists have imparted a great degree of modernity to this form of classical art. Their works rival some of the best artwork done in the world.

The exhibition has been organized by the Embassy of Pakistan, Rome in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Culture. It will remain open to the Italian public for a period of two months.

Over 100 notable Italians from various walks of life attended the inauguration ceremony. Two separate workshops on calligraphy will be held by the two experts from Pakistan at the Museum for the Italian public on 07th May.