Calligraphy and Decorative Painting

Where: Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam
When: May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 10

Calligraphy, also known as the art of beautiful writing, originated in the Middle East and the name comes from the Greek words for ‘beauty’ and ‘writer’. In many countries, calligraphy is considered a form of art, and it can also be found in carpets and architecture. Calligraphy has inspired many art forms throughout the centuries, including letter design and typography. Contemporary calligraphers often draw inspiration from ancient calligraphy techniques to create new and innovative designs.


Tawab Safi is an Arabic calligraphy teacher who learned the craft in his home country of Afghanistan. He maneuvers the calligraphy pen to create a fluid interplay of lines, thin, thick, angular, curved, with or without overlapping colors, all according to specific sets of rules but with a lot of freedom in form and application.

Job Wouters is known for his work with typography and letter art. After studying at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Wouters began his career as a graphic designer for magazines and album covers. Later, he started exploring the boundaries of letter art by combining traditional techniques with abstract shapes and colors. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and he has collaborated with various companies and organizations, including Nike and fashion designer Dries van Noten.