In a new look.. The Museum of Islamic Art is getting ready to open on October 5th

Qatar Museums announced today that the magnificent Museum of Islamic Art will reopen to the public on October 5, 2022, following a project to improve facilities and commemorate and reinstall the galleries of its permanent collection.

The Museum of Islamic Art, one of the world’s leading institutions of Islamic art, and the first world-class museum in the region, will reopen as visitors flock to Doha for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, offering its guests an accessible and interactive educational experience.

A thousand pieces to choose from

The exhibition will feature more than a thousand newly acquired and preserved artifacts, many of which are on view for the first time in the museum’s permanent galleries, alongside the long-established MIA masterpieces.

Shortly after its reopening, the Museum of Islamic Art will hold its landmark temporary exhibition, “Baghdad – Qara Al-Ain” (October 26, 2022 – February 25, 2023), highlighting and celebrating one of the world’s most influential cities. its heritage as a capital of the great Abbasid Caliphate (750 – 1258 AD), as well as in the twentieth century, when the city once again became a thriving center for art, culture and commerce.

The reopening of the museum falls under the “Qatar Creates” initiative, the national cultural movement active throughout the year, which sponsors, promotes and celebrates cultural activities in Qatar and celebrates their diversity, thereby citizens and residents of Qatar and the global audience together with the creative industries in Qatar.

An exceptional architectural achievement

The Museum of Islamic Art, is an exceptional architectural achievement, designed by the world-renowned Chinese-American architect “IM Bay”, winner of the Pritzker Prize, and opened in 2008, and is the first institution opened by Qatar Museums , under the leadership of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, President Qatar Museums Board of Trustees.

The museum is located in a prominent place on an artificial island on the Corniche, which was specifically chosen by Bay. The museum is a beacon of Islamic arts, a platform for international dialogue and the building of bridges between the past and the present. the present, and between East and West.

The galleries that comprise the museum’s collection will be reimagined to provide a comprehensive itinerary for visitors, with the development of extensive interpretive content that places works of art in context, and a variety of new, child-friendly resources, which approach the museum bring to families and young people. visitors.

It will organize galleries according to historical and cultural themes, periods and geographical ranges, and will reveal great traditions of Islamic craftsmanship, and the Museum of Islamic Art will also present a new section on Islam in Southeast Asia, focusing on the relationship between different cultures through exhibitions dealing with the trade of goods and exchange of ideas about the Islamic world and beyond.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa: The opening of the Museum of Islamic Art was a turning point for the State of Qatar, as it marked the emergence of the country as a new cultural destination in the region.

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Museums’ Board of Trustees, says: “The opening of the Museum of Islamic Art was a turning point for the State of Qatar as it marked the rise of the country . as a new cultural destination in the region, and paved the way for the establishment of museums and other cultural institutions in the region.” She added, “We are delighted that the local public will have the opportunity to visit the museum again explore, and we invite visitors who come to attend the World Cup matches to take part in one of the most important experiences that reflect our heritage and culture.”

Dr. Julia Gunilla, Director of the Museum of Islamic Art, said: “I am honored to lead this exceptional museum in its transition to a new phase in its career.

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The new look for the museum

The new visitor experience starts from the ground floor with an introductory introduction to the museum itself, with a whole new space dedicated to telling the history of the founding of the Museum of Islamic Art, where the former council was transformed into a exhibition that is an engaging experience for visitors, through which they learn about the amazing story of the engineer “IM Bay”, And his impressive design for the museum, which is now a landmark.

The first exhibition hall on the second floor is an introductory station, with some of the greatest artifacts in the Museum of Islamic Art, including the Blue Quran, camphor vase, Varanasi necklace, Hamida Banu Begum’s Ramayana, and Franchitti cloth, and offers a overview of upcoming topics, highlighting a wide variety of materials used in Islamic art across a wide geographic and temporal scale.

This is followed by an exploration of the beginnings and spread of Islam, with galleries devoted to the Qur’an and its history, the Muslim community (the Ummah), education and training within the framework of Islamic culture, and an overview of the spread of Islam in both East and West.

In addition, visitors will be aware of the historical events that led to the establishment of the caliphate, its eastern expansion into Iran and Central Asia, the development of court culture in Andalusia, and the continuation of the Islamic heritage in post-Islamic Spain.

New exhibition arrangement

In their new arrangement, these galleries also highlight a variety of materials used in Islamic art, including carpets, tapestries, manuscripts, pottery, wood, ivory, metalwork, stone and glass, spanning from Spain and North Africa to the Far East East, from the earliest times Centuries in Islam to the twentieth century AD.

Highlights include fragments of the ancient Hijazi Koran, the curtain of the Holy Kaaba, the Moroccan arch, a precious copy of the Sufi’s Book of Fixed Planets Pictures, the blue and white Abbasid jug, a Seljuk plaster panel, the Doha Ayla, and a Spanish post-Islamic ceiling.

The third floor takes visitors across the Islamic world from the Mediterranean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east, with a focus on arts and societies between the eleventh and nineteenth centuries, and the main galleries focus on the three “gunpowder”- empires: the Ottomans (who ruled a large part of the Arab countries from Turkey), the Safavids (Iran) and the Mongols (South Asia), who have a very influential historical and artistic heritage, still influence the identities of the inhabitants of these regions today.

Among the exhibits are priceless Safavid carpets, an enchanting collection of Mughal jewels at the Museum of Islamic Art, and a stunning display of Ottoman Iznik pottery and tiles.

It is accompanied by exhibitions of Islamic manuscripts, weapons and armour, and ends with exciting new exhibitions dedicated to China and Southeast Asia, the latter a subject not usually presented in Islamic art museums, as it reminds visitors that the region today is the home to the largest Muslim communities around the world.

Artifacts from the Cirebon shipwreck, jade vessels, Indonesian gold jewelery and textiles are some of the most important pieces on display. The third floor also displays hospitality – through an exhibition of the exquisite interior design of a newly restored, century-old Damascene house in Syria XIX- It is a multifunctional microcosm of Ottoman life.

family road

The newly created Family Track is an important component of the showroom’s refurbishment as it aims to engage younger visitors with topics related to their own lives and experiences, increasing the use of new technologies, interactive displays and multi-sensory applications visitor engagement. Children and adults alike are around the museum.

In addition to the visitor’s experience, and to complement the many artifacts and masterpieces available, guests will view pictures and films of various architectural templates and various archaeological sites from the Middle East. They will listen to recitations from the Holy Quran and readings from Arabic and Persian poetry, and listen to Andalusian music; They can also learn about the different flavors of herbs and spices that traveled long distances across the Islamic world; They will be able to see different materials and decorations that have been used in art over time.

The improved experience facilitates the influx of visitors to serve the largest number of audiences, through a renovated entrance, cafes and retail spaces in new suits, all improvements made to the building in accordance with the vision of the designer “IM Bay”.

The museum will partner with French interior design and architecture firm Wilmott & Partners, which IBM previously hired, throughout the reinstallation process.

To celebrate the reopening, Qatar Museums, Times & Hudson Publishing jointly published the beautifully illustrated catalog of over 500 pages dedicated to the history and collection of the Museum of Islamic Art.

Source / Mirsal Qatar

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