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The Nocturnal Star 

From September 20, 2019 until October 20, 2019Mondays through Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
MADRID
Casa Árabe Hall of Columns (at Calle Alcalá, 62, Basement Level). Mondays through Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.

Casa Árabe has organized this exhibition to be held from September 20 through October 20 in Madrid, as artist Cristóbal Martín’s way of paying homage to Ibn Arabi.

The exhibition includes drawings, iron sculptures and installations made using various materials such as glass and metal.

“This exhibition is my homage to the Magister Maximus, Sheikh Al Akbar, Hadrat Muhiddin Ibn Al Arabi, born in Murcia in 1165 and deceased in Damascus in 1240. He lived a very intense youth in terms of the spiritual and very active in the physical world, traveling between Al-Andalus and North Africa, where he would frequent saints, deserts and cemeteries, achieving the highest Spiritual Stations during his lifetime. As well as Full Extinction in the Divinity, he embodied the attestation of Mohammed’s Holiness and was the qutub (pole or axis) of his era.

His poetry and prose open us up to an immense and, at the same time, very close God. Halfway through his life, he set off on a journey to Mecca, traveling across North Africa with a stop at Cairo, in the end taking up residence alongside the Kaaba, where he had meetings, saw visions and received inspiration. An important part of his Great Work was written there. He spent his latest years in Damascus, where he was buried in praise of Holiness and Mastery.

His inspiration and the transmission of his ideas are apparent in all of the Eastern turuq (Sufi brotherhoods), and his influence is also evident in Western mysticism and monasticism. He humbly, and in silence, aspired to make visible what we have received from his presence and his memory. Bless him!”
Cristóbal Martín
Abdel Wahid
June 2019


Cristóbal Martín (Abdel Wahid)

A self-taught sculptor, he learned the trade from Master Founders and has sine been developing it for nearly forty years in very different forms of expression, including naturalism, realism, symbolism and geometry.

Converted to Islam in 1995, he has received the direct teachings of a living Sufi master.

In this work, he has submitted to a subtle suggestiveness, to the inspiration of Sheikh al Akbar. And the challenge has been quite great, the bow pulled more taut, because attempting to make visible what can hardly be stated in words, the indescribable, bears with it an Alchemy, an encounter with dark matter and a very personal experience with Synchronism.
The Nocturnal Star