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  • Taller de "arco califal"
    Puerta exterior de la mezquita de Córdoba - José Antonio Grueso Perogil

    Taller de "arco califal"

    December 15, 2022
    El jueves 15 de diciembre, ofrecemos el último taller del año en el que aprender historia y arqueología de Córdoba de manera amena a través del trabajo artesano, de la mano de SextoMario. Compra ya tu entrada para poder asistir.
    Para la ocasión, trabajaremos sobre los arcos califales o arcos de herradura, elemento de construcción fundamental durante el califato de Córdoba del siglo X y que ha llegado hasta nuestros días en diversas formas, a través de múltiples construcciones que inundan nuestro paisaje patrimonial.

    Cuando hablamos de arquitectura andalusí inmediatamente pensamos en los arcos de herradura rojo y blancos de la mezquita cordobesa. Pero… ¿todos los arcos de herradura son iguales? En este taller hablaremos de los tipos y evolución del arco de herradura.

    Los asistentes podrán componer, con piezas de madera grabada, un arco califal. Todos los materiales serán proporcionados por la organización y al finalizar el taller, los participantes podrán llevarse sus trabajos a casa.
  • Last guided tour of the Casa Mudéjar

    December 16, 2022From 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9). From 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 4 euros for the general public at the headquarters.
    3 euros: tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders. Tickets sold on our website for each tour (by clicking on the “purchase tickets” button) or in person at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Cordoba (payment by cash or credit card).
    In Spanish.
    On Friday 16 December we offer the last tour of our Cordoba headquarters this year 2022. If you want to discover all its nooks and crannies and its past, don't miss the opportunity. Buy your ticket online now.
    These tours provide the opportunity to get a first-hand view of mixture of remains from the thirteenth century, along with features from the Mudéjar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras,all in a unique space that reflects admixture, diversity, multiculturalism and cultural encounters in the city of Cordoba.

    The Casa Mudéjar building is a group of five different houses linked together by galleries, passageways and stairwells, with four courtyards and a turret. The original building dates back to the fourteenth century, though most of the current structures are from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is located within the southern part of Cordoba’s Historical Center near the Mosque-Cathedral, within the area declared to be a World Heritage Site. The building’s ancient structure and layout remain intact, providing an important example of domestic manorial architecture that is purely Mudéjar in style. Formerly the dwellings of important families from Cordoba like the Venegas and the Córdobas, it still maintains a large number of its original architectural features despite the different uses given to the building across time: a palace, a home, the site of Cordoba’s Archeology Museum from 1923 to 1959, an ethnology museum planned in the eighties, and administrative and cultural offices in the nineties. Most notable are its fifteenth-century mural paintings, two-thirds of which are attributed to the painter Pedro Romana, and one of the finest examples of the scarce Mudéjar painting that has been left behind and found in the city. It is a recent finding which dates back to 1928, a time when the house was being prepared to house the Archeological Museum of Cordoba.

    The State’s Directorate General of Heritage ceded the historical building to Casa Árabe for use as its Cordoba headquarters, and the refurbishment and adaptation work on Casa Mudéjar to become Casa Árabe’s headquarters, directed by the Municipal Government of Cordoba itself, was awarded the first World Heritage City Award in 2011, bestowed by Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
  • “Thuluth” style Arabic calligraphy course
    Work by calligrapher Pablo Casado.

    “Thuluth” style Arabic calligraphy course

    From November 16, 2022 until December 18, 2022The workshop will be held on Friday, December 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
    Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid (at Calle Alcalá, 62, Classroom 4). The workshop will be held on Friday, December 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  120 euros (€100 for registration + €20 for materials). Limited to 15 participants.
    In Spanish.
    From Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18 at Casa Árabe in Madrid, we will be hosting  this in-person course given by well-known calligrapher Pablo Casado. We are offering two levels (beginners and those with prior knowledge). Sign up now!
    Arabic calligraphy, declared a form of intangible world heritage by Unesco last year, will be the focus of a series of activities held at Casa Árabe to celebrate International Arabic Language Day, a yearly celebration every December 18.

    These activities include a course with calligrapher Pablo Casado, on the weekend of December 16 to 18: a new edition of the course on Arabic calligraphy in the thuluth style, given for both beginners and those who already have some knowledge of the subject. Throughout the 12 hours that the course lasts, participants will learn more and delve deeper into the art of Arabic calligraphy, including its forms in this style. In addition to learning about the proportions of the letters and rules to be followed, they will learn how to join the letters together and the steps to take in order to produce a final calligraphy work.

    The thuluth (or “sülüs” in Turkish) style is one of the main classical styles of Arabic writing. Famous for being an elegant cursive calligraphy, with wavy, oblique lines, in this style one-third of each letter is inclined (which is why its name in Arabic means “one-third”), and it was the calligraphy used in the Middle Ages in mosque decorations.

    The course, which will be taught in Spanish, is open to all types of people, because because it is not necessary to possess any prior knowledge of the Arabic language or any past practice in calligraphy. It is intended for people who want to delve into the study of Arabic calligraphy for the first time, as well as those who have already completed the initial course. With those initiated, the teacher will work individually, to help them move forward with their knowledge of this style.

    Course contents
    Introduction to traditional teaching methods, both Turkish and Arab
    Introduction to the use of materials and learning how to use them properly
    Introduction to the letters and their forms, using practical calligraphy exercises
    Introduction to the different ways of joining letters
    Preparation of a final piece or work in accordance with classical models

    The materials needed for the workshop (calligraphy, ink and paper) are included in the course, and participants will be able to keep them after the workshop is over.

    Pablo Casado
    Born in Madrid in 1982, the city where he grew up and received his academic training, he always felt a special attraction towards the forms of Arabic calligraphy, but it was not until the year of 2008 that he was able to come into contact with the calligraphic pen for the first time, having attended a brief introductory course on calligraphy in the nesih style. A few days of practice were enough to arouse a great interest towards this form of art in him, and he soon felt the need to receive as much knowledge as possible from a true master who could teach him each and every one of its finer details.

    This is when he met the now highly-acclaimed and acknowledged calligrapher Nuria García, who was to become his mentor and teacher. With her help, he traveled to Istanbul for the first time in the year of 2009, and thanks to her he was able to meet his own masters. That is how he began to complete his first lessons, with their help, and that of master calligrapher (khattat) Davut Bektas, always under the supervision of master Hassan Çelebi. Approximately two years later, he also began to receive lessons from the khattat master Ferhat Kurlu. Along with Nuria García, he would become one of his most influential teachers.  

    In 2014, after having fully devoted himself to learning this art, he earned his icazet or calligraphy diploma, in the styles of thuluth and nesih at IRCICA (Center for Research of Islamic History, Art and Culture). In the end, his diploma was signed by master calligraphers Hassan Çelebi, Ferhat Kurlu and Nuria García. At present, he continues to travel to Istanbul regularly and spends long periods of time there so that he will not lose contact with his masters and to be able to continue learning and perfecting this art. Pablo Casado’s website: http://www.sacred-lines.com/
  • Cine: "La belleza invisible de Iraq"

    December 16, 2022
    Auditorio de Casa Árabe. Calle de Alcalá, 62, 28009 Madrid
    Casa Árabe acoge, el viernes 16 de diciembre en Madrid, la primera proyección en España de este documental dedicado a la memoria del fotógrafo iraquí Laif Al Ani. La proyección tiene lugar en el marco de la exposición “Bagdad, un lugar moderno” que puede verse en las salas de exposiciones de Casa Árabe en Madrid hasta el 15 de enero. 
    La belleza invisible de Iraq. Una película de Jurgen Buedts & Sahim Omar Kalifa

    Latif Al Ani (1932 - 2021) fue el primer fotógrafo en captar la vida cosmopolita en Iraq entre los años 50 y 70 y es conocido como el "padre de la fotografía iraquí". Sus imágenes en blanco y negro representan una memoria visual única del país durante su belle époque. Además de documentar la vida cotidiana de un Bagdad en progreso, de sus industrias, sus paisajes urbanos, etc, su trabajo incluye imágenes únicas de ciudades iraquíes tomadas desde el aire gracias a los aviones que la “Iraq Petroleum Company” puso a su disposición para poder documentar adecuadamente la modernización del país. Sin embargo, tras aquellos años de esplendor, con la llegada del régimen opresivo de Saddam Hussein dejó de fotografiar. Hoy en día, sus fotografías dan testimonio de una época ya desaparecida. Su memoria ha recuperó la luz a partir de la exposición realizada en el Pabellón de Iraq durante la Bienal de Venecia de 2016, a la que han seguido otras como la realizada actualmente en Casa Árabe.

    Latif Al Ani falleció el 18 de noviembre del año pasado. El documental, filmado con él en vida, recorre su biografía durante los 30 años en los que fotografió su país antes de que se sucedieran los conflictos en el país. Cuanto contaba con 86 años colaboró con los directores de esta película recorriendo, a bordo de su viejo automóvil, su devastado país en busca de las personas y los lugares que fotografió en su momento, compartiendo sus imágenes con iraquíes que hoy no pueden imaginar que el mundo de las fotografías fuera real.

    Filmada a lo largo de cinco años, esta obra maestra cinematográfica es un emotivo testimonio del más valioso archivero de Iraq y representa un homenaje a un legendario fotógrafo que fue testigo excepcional de la historia del siglo XX en oriente medio y de concretamente de Bagdad, cuna de civilizaciones.

    La película ha sido producida por Las Belgas, con coproducción de Faites un voeu, Arte France, Al Jazeera Network, AVROTROS, CANVAS, The Knowledge Network Canada. Ha contado con el apoyo de B-F-Comté, CNC COSIP , Grand Est, Proc. ANG, IMS, Bertha Foundation, Field of Vision, Belgian tax shelter; y con la colaboración de Creative Europe, Flanders film fund, screen Flanders.