Arts and Islam – Exhibits Roundup

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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.

Transforming Traditions

Transforming Traditions

22 September 2018 - 10 February 2019

Location: Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada | Cost: $20

Bear witness to the complex dynamics that impacted the arts of a society at a crossroads between tradition and transformation during a century of turbulent change.

In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding, ca/1575-1890

In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding, ca/1575-1890

22 October 2018 - 1 March 2019

Location: School of Wisdom, New York, NY | Cost: N/A

Bookbindings became a rejuvenated site for creative expression in Iran. ‘In the School of Wisdom’ presents over thirty examples, representing the diversity of the art as it developed from the late Safavid to Qajar eras and contextualizing it within a changing landscape of libraries and book culture.

Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection

Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection

29 October 2018 - 24 March 2019

Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY | Cost: $25

Clouds and Gold Dust: Decorated Papers from the Ettinghausen Collection presents works on paper, enhanced with marbling, gold sprinkling, stenciled designs, and decoupage, alone or in combination with one another or with illumination. Ranging from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, the thirty-three folios on view reveal an endless variety of patterns and embellishments, surrounding elegantly penned poetic verses and, eventually, forming freestanding images.

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

02 November 2018–24 March 2019

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX | Cost: $10

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow explores the importance of the garden to Islamic culture through the lens of the renowned Wagner Garden Carpet. This rarely displayed masterpiece, woven in southeastern Iran in the 17th century, is one of the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world.

A six-day intensive course on Islamic calligraphy

A six-day intensive course on Islamic calligraphy

09-14 April, 2019

Location: The Islamic School of Art, Qom, Iran| Cost: 730 Euro= 7 Days, 850 Euro=10 days. A prepayment of 100Euro is required after the application is processed. 

Short Course: The students would learn the basics of Nastaliq calligraphy and will learn how to read & write the words written in this calligraphy style and if you’re good enough you might even be able to understand some of the words as well.

Ottoman Arcadia: The Hamidian Expedition to the Land of Tribal Roots (1886)

Ottoman Arcadia: The Hamidian Expedition to the Land of Tribal Roots (1886)

10 May 2018 - 05 May 2019

Location: Koç University, İstanbul, Turkey| Cost: Free

“Ottoman Arcadia: The Hamidian Expedition to the Land of Tribal Roots (1886)” contextualizes the expedition as a remarkable instance where photography—a new visual technology of the 19th century—was merged with historical narratives to reconstruct dynastic myths and tribal memory. Visitors are able to travel through the exhibition, following the itinerary of the expedition and by tracking the making of the albums through an array of archival documents.