Arts and Islam – Exhibits Roundup

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A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia

A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia

01 September - 23 December 2018

Location: The George Washington University Museum, Washington, D.C | Cost: Free

Woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans, kilims are enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.

Collecting Caligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

Collecting Caligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

07 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum | Cost: Free

Richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts will be displayed alongside pages from the Qur’an, calligraphic practice sheets, and political decrees in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.

Armenia!

Armenia!

22 September 2018 - 13 January 2019

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Cost: $25

Through some 140 objects—including opulent gilded reliquaries, richly illuminated manuscripts, rare textiles, cross stones (khachkars), precious liturgical furnishings, church models, and printed books—the exhibition demonstrates how Armenians developed a unique Christian identity that linked their widespread communities over the years.

The Fabric of India

The Fabric of India

19 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

Location: Cincinnati Art Museum | Cost: $12

The six thematic sections will explore courtly splendor that was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship found expression through finely crafted sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles exemplify the robust aesthetic exchange engaged in by artisans who reflected the culture of their clients in their work.

Syria Matters

Syria Matters

23 November 2018 - 13 February 2019

Location: Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar | Cost: Free

The exhibition, entitled Syria Matters (opens 23 November), aims to explore the country’s centuries-old “extraordinary cultural heritage” against the backdrop of the raging conflict that has seen the destruction of six Unesco world heritage sites under President Bashar al-Assad.

Epic Tales from Ancient India

Epic Tales from Ancient India

09 June - 03 September 2018

Location: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ | Cost: $15

Epic Tales from Ancient India features more than 90 works of art from the Museum’s world-renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings. Introducing viewers to paintings of India and its subcontinent, these works are seen through larger-than-life narratives based on classical literature of the region.

Islam and Florence: From the Medici to the 20th Century

Islam and Florence: From the Medici to the 20th Century

22 June - 23 September 2018

Location: The Uffizi Museum, Florence, Italy | Cost: 20€

Conveying a wide range of taxonomies, an exhibition to commemorate the continuity of the artistic relations between Florence and the Islamic world will be hosted by the Uffizi Galleries and the National Museum of Bargello.

II Montefeltro e L'Oriente Islamico: Urbino, 1430-1550

II Montefeltro e L'Oriente Islamico: Urbino, 1430-1550

23 June - 30 September

Location: Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, Urbino, Italy | Cost: 9€

Dal 23 giugno al 30 settembre preziosi oggetti e arredi di epoca rinascimentale, con particolare attenzione al mondo orientale, rappresenteranno l’occasione per rivelare i rapporti tra la Corte urbinate e l’Oriente durante la grande stagione del Montefeltro, in una affascinante mostra: “Il Montefeltro e l’Oriente Islamico. Urbino 1430-1550. Il Palazzo Ducale tra Occidente e Oriente”.

Buildings that Fill My Eye: The Architectural Heritage of Yemen

Buildings that Fill My Eye: The Architectural Heritage of Yemen

13 July - 14 October 2018

Location: Pergamonmuseum, Berlin, Germany | Cost: 12€

The aims of this exhibition are to share the splendors of Yemen’s architectural heritage and to raise awareness of its cultural and historical importance. It also reveals that this heritage is threatened by a civil war that has raged since 2015.

Celebration of Textiles: Turkey

Celebration of Textiles: Turkey

15 September 2018

Location: The Textile Museum, The George Washington University | Cost: $8 suggested donation

The museum’s 39th-annual family festival celebrates the textile arts and cultures of Turkey. Watch local artists weave, spin, embroider, and more; enjoy traditional dance performances; and explore spectacular rugs woven by nomadic women through family-friendly tours of A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia.