The second edition of the International Aesthetic Heritage Exhibition, which was organized by the Department of Islamic and Human Knowledge Affairs at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, was inaugurated on Saturday afternoon (November 20, 2021), corresponding to Rabi’ Than 14, 1443 AH, in one of the covered areas in the courtyard between the Two Holy Shrines.
The opening tape was cut by the Secretary-General of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, Engineer Mohamad Abd al-Hussayn al-Ashigar, accompanied by his deputy, Engineer Abbas Musa, and the Head of the Department of Islamic and Humanitarian Affairs, Sheikh Ammar al-Hilali, as well as a number of heads of departments of the Holy Shrine, a group of calligraphers, media professionals and interested persons.
The exhibition, according to the member of the organizing committee, the calligrapher Muhammad al-Falih, explained to the Al-Kafeel Network: “The exhibition included seventy paintings that varied between calligraphy, decoration and painting, all of them are of a high artistic level, and some of them are decorated with pure gold. And more than twenty calligraphers from China, Egypt, Iran and Iraq participated in the exhibition.”
He added: "This copy is the second to be held by the Aesthetic Heritage Unit of the Media Division in the Department of Islamic and Human Knowledge Affairs, in remembrance of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (may God’s prayers be upon him and his Holy Household), the exhibition will last for five days and include workshops for calligraphers, dealing with the reality of Arabic calligraphy and ways to improve it.
He concluded: "We strive, with the support of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine and the department's presidency, to make more efforts to serve our rich Islamic heritage, with many themes and topics."
It is noteworthy that the first edition of the exhibition witnessed the presence and participation of artists from inside and outside Iraq, and left a good impression, which is what prompted the organizing committee to organize this edition and expand the field of participation, in terms of artworks and their topics.