13 May 2024

“Exhibition of Islamic Calligraphy Works Collection”, Organized in Cooperation with TİKA and Albayrak Group, Opened in Budapest

The “Exhibition of Islamic Calligraphy Works Collection,” organized by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and the Albayrak Group, met with art lovers at Yunus Emre Institute in Budapest, Hungary, within the scope of the 2024 Türkiye-Hungary Culture Year.

The Republic of Türkiye’s Ambassador to Hungary, Gülşen Karanis Ekşioğlu; Ambassadors of Qatar and Pakistan to Hungary; the Representative of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in Hungary; TİKA’s Coordinator in Hungary, Elif Türkislamoğlu; the Corporate Communications Coordinator of the Albayrak Group, Esad Sivri and the Editor-in-Chief of GZT, Doğukan Gezer attended the opening of the exhibition held with TİKA’s support in Budapest.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Republic of Türkiye’s Ambassador to Hungary, Gülşen Karanis Ekşioğlu emphasized the Treaty of Friendship and said, “The aesthetics that Islamic calligraphy adds to letters has always impressed me deeply. We also have the works of the late Gaye Zapsu, Türkiye’s first female Islamic calligrapher. We discovered that the Hungarian people are interested in Islamic calligraphy. Therefore, I would like to express my gratitude to the Albayrak Group, TİKA and Yunus Emre Institute.”

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, the Corporate Communications Coordinator of the Albayrak Group, Esad Sivri said, “As you know, the year of 2024 is celebrated as the Türkiye – Hungary Culture Year. We are delighted to emphasize our friendship and cooperation through a cultural heritage on the 100th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. Considering our mission in the fields of culture and art as the Albayrak Group, this traditional exhibition is of great importance for us. I am aware that culture and history are also of great significance for TİKA, which has not left us alone in achieving this mission. For this reason, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all TİKA directors and personnel, who are our great supporters.”

Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition Opening in Türkiye-Hungary Culture Year

The year of 2024 is being celebrated as the Culture Year, referring to the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Türkiye and Hungary. It was aimed to host 100 events on the 100th anniversary of relations between the two countries. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; President of Hungary, Katalin Novák and Prime Minister, Viktor Orban attended the opening program of the events, emphasizing the 100-year friendship and cooperation between the nations.

The Albayrak Group presented 25 Islamic calligraphy works, including Salam āyahs (verses) and various hadiths, to art lovers in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Embracing Islamic calligraphy, a traditional Islamic art, the Group presents this art to calligraphy lovers through a collection expanding gradually and through exhibitions with different themes determined annually. Having toured many places in Türkiye and around the world, the exhibition’s first stop in Africa was Tunisia this year. The first stop of the exhibition in Europe was Budapest. The exhibition will be open to visitors until May 15.

TİKA Reestablishes the Ottoman Heritage in Hungary

TİKA has been continuing its journey through global development goals and value of cultural and historical perspectives in international relations since 1992. Having carried out more than 30,000 projects and activities in nearly 170 countries since its establishment, TİKA prioritizes cultural heritage.

TİKA implemented projects such as the reconstruction of the Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque in Szigetvár, the restoration of the Turkish House in Szigetvár and its transformation into a museum, the restoration of the Gül Baba Tomb in Budapest. The institution is preparing to develop new projects for Ottoman artifacts in Hungary in the forthcoming period.

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