The Museum of Islamic Art reopens on October 5

Doha – ICNA: Qatar Museums has announced that the Museum of Islamic Art will reopen to the public on October 5, following a comprehensive renovation and development project, reimagining and installing the galleries of its permanent collection.

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

The museum presents more than a thousand pieces of newly acquired and preserved art, many of which are on display for the first time, in addition to the masterpieces for which the Museum of Islamic Art has long been known. With the addition of a new section on Islam in Southeast Asia, it focuses on the relationship between different cultures through exhibits dealing with the trade of goods and the exchange of ideas across the Islamic world and beyond. The galleries are organized according to historical and cultural themes, periods and geographical scales, revealing the grandeur of Islamic craftsmanship and traditions.

Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairman of Qatar Museums Board of Trustees, emphasized that the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art represented a turning point for the State of Qatar as it marked the country’s emergence 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 once again have the opportunity to explore the museum, and we invite visitors who come to attend the World Cup matches to take part in one of the most important experiences that our heritage and culture reflect. .”

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. This renovation project will benefit generations of visitors and give them a more in-depth experience, through which they learn about history The richness of the Muslim world, as told by our unique collections.

Qatar Museums clarified that the reopening of the Museum of Islamic Art falls under the “Qatar Creates” initiative, the national cultural movement active throughout the year, which sponsors, promotes and celebrates cultural activities in the country, and celebrating its diversity, thus bringing citizens, residents and global audiences together with the creative industries in the country. .. note that the “Baghdad – Qara Al-Ain” exhibition, which will be held from (October 26, 2022 to February 25, 2023), a distinguished print and highlights one of the most influential cities in the world, and celebrates this, given its heritage as the capital of the great Abbasid Caliphate / 750 AD – 1258 AD, and also in the twentieth century, when the city once again became a thriving center of art, culture and commerce.

Qatar Museums invited visitors to discover the landmarks of development and renewal, from the ground floor with an introductory introduction to the museum itself, which tells the history of the establishment of the Museum of Islamic Art. The former Majlis has been transformed into an exhibition that provides 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 remarkable landmark.

The first exhibition hall on the second floor is also an information stop, displaying 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 Franchetti canvas, and offers an overview of the themes The next chapter, which highlights the wide variety of materials used in Islamic art over a wide geographical 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, education and education within the framework of Islamic culture, and then an overview of the spread of Islam in both East and West.

In addition, visitors will be aware of the continuation of the historical events that led to the establishment of the Islamic 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.

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 Planet Pictures, the blue and white Abbasid jar, Seljuk plaster panels, the Doha Ayla , and the 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. The main galleries focus on the three “gunpowder” empires: the Ottomans, who ruled a large part of the Arab countries from Turkey, the Safavids from Iran, and the Mongols from South Asia, who were an extremely influential historical and artistic have a legacy that continues. to imprint 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.

Key pieces on display include artifacts from the Cirebon shipwreck, jade vessels, Indonesian gold jewelry and textiles. Hospitality is also evident on the third floor with an exhibition of the beautiful interior of a newly restored 19th-century Damascene house in Syria – a multifunctional microcosm of Ottoman life.

The newly created Family Track is an important component of the showroom’s renovation, and the use of new technologies, interactive exhibits and multi-sensory applications gives visitors, children and adults a unique experience.

In addition to the numerous artifacts and masterpieces available in the show, guests will view pictures and films of various architectural templates, and various archaeological sites from the Middle East, and will listen to recitations from the Holy Qur’an and readings from Arabic and Persian poetry, listening to Andalusian music, and being able to identify different scents of herbs and spices that traveled long distances through the Islamic world and they would be able to see different materials and ornaments used in the arts over time.

The extensive experience of the improvement of the Museum of Islamic Art contributes to facilitate the influx of visitors to serve the largest number of the public, through a renovated entrance, cafes and retail premises in new suits. All improvements to the building are in line with the vision of the designer, IM Bay.

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

The exhibition “Baghdad – Qurrat Al-Ain” opens on October 26, 2022 in the temporary exhibition hall of the Museum of Islamic Art. The exhibition examines the importance of Baghdad under the Abbasid Caliphate (750-1258), and celebrates its profound influence on the region and the world, to the present day. The exhibition highlights Baghdad as a political, economic and intellectual center that flourished during one of the most innovative periods in world history.

It also shows the great intellectual and artistic role of the city, which has attracted scholars and philosophers from all over the world, and documents its enormous capacity to recover from the wounds of wars, violence and destruction that have struck it throughout its history. and emphasizes its continued steadfastness, based on what it stores from the memories of its Abbasid heritage. The exhibition recalls the city’s glorious past and focuses on the role the city played in the twentieth century, and in particular the period between the 1940s and the 1970s, when Baghdad regained its image as a thriving and vibrant place of city life has.

The exhibition contains 160 pieces, including works on loan from museums, libraries and international cultural institutions. The exhibition design includes scenography elements, including a depiction of the Tigris River on the floor of the exhibition hall, to link the different themes. create.

The exhibition “Baghdad Qara Al-Ain” is organized within the framework of the Qatar Middle East, North Africa and South Asia 2022 Year of Culture and Dr. Tara Desjardins, Nicoleta Faizo and Simone Struth. The opening of the exhibition is accompanied by the release of a fully illustrated catalog that includes important contributions from prominent international scholars.

The Baghdad Karat al-Ain exhibition is held in conjunction with another exhibition entitled “The City of Mirages: Baghdad 1952-1982” on the fourth floor of the Museum of Islamic Art, where it presents the works and architectural designs of 11 international architects highlight. .

It is worth mentioning that 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 for Architecture, and opened in 2008, and is the first institution opened by Qatar Museums. The museum is prominently located on an artificial island on the Corniche. The museum is a beacon of Islamic arts, a platform for international dialogue and the building of bridges between the past and the present, and between East and West.

Source: Raya

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