Reflections from the sky, meditations on earth: Modern Arab Calligraphic art

Riflessioni dal Cielo, Meditazioni in Terra: Arte Moderna Calligrafica dal Mondo Arabo
22/03 - 10/06/2012
Mercati di Traiano Museo dei Fori Imperiali

Arabic calligraphy has a special spiritual significance – as it is used for writing the Koran, the Islamic sacred scriptures – and an intrinsic decorative value that plays an important role in Islamic art.

Towards the middle of last century some artists representing different Arab nationalities, in search of an identity and artistic expression, experimented Arabic calligraphy, exploiting its abstract potential. The Modern Calligraphic School is a great movement in contemporary Arab and Islamic art. The 110 works on display are by 76 artists, among the most representative in the Arab world, and come from the permanent collection of calligraphic works of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, and include paintings, installations, graphic works and art books.


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Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm;
Last admission 1 hour before closing time;
Closed: Monday, May 1.

19 May, 2012: the venue is open and free of charge from 8.00 p to 2.00 am (last admission 1.00 am).
Please note, the program may be subject to change without notice.

Entrance ticket

Museum + Exhibition Combined Ticket
Adults: € 11,00;
Concessions: € 9,00;
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):
- Adults: € 10,00;
- Concessions: € 8,00;
Free of charge to the visitors provided for by the current legislation.

 - Groups (max 30 visitors): guided tours are available either for the museum and/or exhibition. A booking service is available for groups (max 30 visitors) for an additional booking fee of € 25,00;
 - Schools (max 30 pupils/students): guided tours are available; bookings are required for the admission.

Booking for individual visitors is available only when purchasing online tickets. If you book in advance you can skip the line by going directly to the ticket window.

Phone booking: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm).

Online tickets: Additional booking fee: € 1,00.


Info: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)

Exhibition|Contemporary art, Exhibition|Applied Arts
Other information

Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico - Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali, Ambasciata del Regno Unito Hascemita di Giordania, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts-Royal Society of Fien Arts;
Under the patronage of H.M. Queen Rania al Abdullah

Web site
Organization and museum services:Zètema Progetto Cultura
Sponsored by

BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, Unicredit, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Acqua Claudia
Sponsors of the exhibition:
Fondazione Roma Arte Musei, Agusta Westland Finmeccanica Company, Camera di Commercio Italo-Araba, Royal Jordannian, Jordan International Insurance

With technical contributions from

Atac; La Repubblica


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