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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Word into Art:
Artists of the Modern Middle East

18 May – 2 September 2006
Free

Exhibition closed

Room 35

Part of Middle East Now season

Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East is an exhibition based largely on the collections of the British Museum complemented by a number of loans. It demonstrates the imaginative ways in which artists across the Middle East and North Africa are using the power of the written word in their art today.

The exhibition, displaying the works of 90 artists from across the Middle East and North Africa, includes wonderful examples of calligraphy transforming writing into art, books of poetry, and works which reflect current issues facing the modern Middle East.

This exhibition was seen by over 87,000 visitors.

Word into Art was also displayed at the Dubai Financial Centre from 7 February 30 April 2008.

In partnership with Dubai Holding

'I follow the religion of love' by Ibn Arabi (d.1240), illustrated by Hassan Massoudy

'I follow the religion of love' by Ibn Arabi (d.1240), illustrated by Hassan Massoudy