The exhibition of graphic and calligraphic art “Writing the Divine Comedy” is returning to Hasselt, in Belgium, from 19 to 27 November 2021. Organised by the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, the exhibition has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of the Dante Alighieri Committee of Hasselt and can be visited at the TT-Center (Sint Jozefstraat 10, Hasselt).
The exhibition, which stopped off this summer in Italy (at Tresana, in the province of Massa and Carrara), is part of the celebrations of # Dante700, promoted by the Dante Alighieri Society of Hasselt in collaboration with Cooktofeelgood, the official partner of Dante Hasselt, and with the patronage of the Municipality of Hasselt. It is the centre around which other satellite events will rotate.
On the occasion of the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels opened 2021 with the expo Scrivendo la Divina Commedia (Writing the Divine Comedy), the result of a major international project that Director Paolo Sabbatini curated and launched in 2016 in Cairo: the calligraphic and graphic transcription of the first twenty-one verses of the Divine Comedy in various languages, by master calligraphers from various interested countries and enthusiasts.
The project collaborates with other Italian cultural institutes around the world and also involves the cultural institutions of other countries.
This Belgian edition of the exhibition also includes calligraphy in Dutch, French and English and a mixed media work with the Hebrew translation of the first verse: ‘Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita‘, curated by Ermanno Tedeschi, a refined artist who mediates between various cultures.
Considered the importance of Dante’s poem in the history of literature and thought, this project aims to be an ideal bridge between different cultures but also a rediscovery of the values of the spirit, as an ideal pathway for human experience in general, beyond personal stories.