Abstraction and Calligraphy is the title of the exhibition which marks the second grand collaboration between the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Le Centre Pompidou of Paris. Abstract masterpieces by artists such as Cy Twombly, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Michaux, Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, André Masson, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock are on display in Abu Dhabi for the first time. Next to these are important works from Arab artists of the XX and XXI Centuries, including Dia Azzawi, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Ghada Amer and Mona Hatoum, just to mention a few, for whom calligraphy was an important source of inspiration. Artists who have liberated writing from its mere linguistic function, making it part of a broader artistic version. There’s something in Oriental and Middle Eastern writing which has nourished the imaginations of Western artists and it is exactly this upon which the exhibition is focused, with the aim of exploring the relationship between abstraction and calligraphy, as well as the reciprocal influences between two visual languages which are profoundly linked. Abstraction and Calligraphy is an innovative project which develops a series of dialogues between artists from East and West, between works which are distant in time and space, yet near in what the curator of the exhibition Didier Ottinger defines as “the shared dream of a universal language”.