Jordan Ahli Bank is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the exhibition “Echoes of Rome,” featuring an abstract collection of Arabic calligraphy by the Jordanian artist HRH Princess Wijdan Ali. The exhibition, organized by the Royal Society of Fine Arts and the Jordan National Gallery, is now open to visitors at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts until the 5th of January, 2012.
Visitors to the gallery will experience HRH Princess Wijdan’s artistic experimentation and development during the five years she spent in Rome as Jordan’s ambassador to Italy. Her focus on calligraphy during this period marks a unique chapter in Wijdan’s art career, and a diversion from the paintings and glass sculptures that have garnered her wide recognition. HRH Wijdan’s contemporary take on traditional forms of Arabic calligraphy, incorporating elements of painting and bright colors, adds a new dimension to the art form.
“It is a true pleasure to sponsor HRH Princess Wijdan’s “Echoes of Rome” exhibition,” commented Saad Mouasher, Deputy CEO for Group Strategy and Corporate Communications at Jordan Ahli Bank. “Calligraphy is an art form that has deep roots in Islam. It is a part of the Islamic legacy and remains a beautiful & prominent element of our culture. Ahli Bank always recognized the importance of supporting the fine arts and we look forward to offering continued support to the Kingdom’s growing community of artists.”
HRH Princess Wijdan Ali is a painter, art historian, founder and director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, and former diplomat. Her artwork has been featured in numerous museums including the British Museum, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Clinton Presidential Center in the United States, Mathaf Arab Museum in Qatar, Islamabad Museum, and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. HRH Wijdan has presented her art in 29 solo art exhibitions - her latest taking place at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere in 2010 – and participated in 81 group exhibitions in various countries across the world.