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DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ART / THE KEIR COLLECTION OF ISLAMIC ART

on loan until April 2019

https://www.dma.org/art/exhibitions/keir-collection-islamic-art-gallery

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Edmund de Unger, an Hungarian born property developer and art collector, built the Keir Collection of Islamic art and bequeathed it in 2008 to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. The arrangement to curate the collection came to an end and the collection is now hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art for a fifteen year renewable loan.

Highlights include textiles and carpets from Persia and the Ottoman and Mughal empires, 8th to 13th century Persian lustreware, early rock crystal objects, miniature paintings from the “Book of Kings”, Shahnameh, metalwork and enamel.

What a chance for us in Texas to view this collection and learn about some of the best of Islamic art!!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN ARTS OF KABUL

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment
 
If you are in love with  Afghanistan’s  culture, history and people like I am or if you are merely interested in Afghanistan, then I would like to share with you news about a project in Kabul that is going on  despite politics, poverty and uncertainties.  I have always believed that by supporting education and training for  artists, architects, teachers, students,  by  providing an environment where they can create and produce their work, and then connecting them with a global community,  — the culture, the arts, crafts, pride and future of a country can be ensured and  the fight against poverty and disruptions can go forward.

Such is the case with Turquoise Mountain Arts  – http://www.turquoisemountainarts.org/  –  founded under the charities of HRH The  Prince of Wales  establishing an Institute of Traditional Afghan Arts and Architecture together with four craft schools. Please go to their website at
http://www.turquoisemountainarts.org/.

 
 It includes Jewelry, Calligraphy and Miniature Painting, Woodworking  and  Ceramic schools. Their   website introduces teachers and artists  and their work.  Commissions range from the very small to large projects (like the Embassy library in Tokyo) and Turquoise Mountain encourages you to submit your order for custom work under the BESPOKE menu button.

Be sure and check out the Partners connected with  Turquoise Mountain Arts, – each of them continuing the work with artists, artisans, and crafts people in Afghanistan.

SACRED WORD AND IMAGE: FIVE WORLD RELIGIONS EXHIBITION

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

SACRED WORD AND IMAGE: FIVE WORLD RELIGIONS EXHIBITION at the PHOENIX ART MUSEUM

on view through March 25th.

Exhibits feature the written word and painted image and sculptures as expressed in the cultures of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity throughout the past 1500 years. Responsible curator: Dr. Janet Baker. The exhibit is organized around five themes: Sacred Spaces and Places, Language as Transmission, Otherworldly Visions and Miraculous Events, Symbols of Power, Divine Beauty.

Go to: http://www.phxart.org/

Two interesting lectures right here in Texas!

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents:
http://www.mfah.org

October 21st and October 22nd:

WHAT IS ISLAMIC ART?

Presented by Dr. Francesca Leoni
Assistant Curator of Arts of the Islamic World

November 4th and November 5th:

SPIRIT IN ART: A BUDDHIST VISION IN TIBET

Presented by Dr. Robert Thurman
Co-Founder of Tibet House New York, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, New York

IT IS TIME FOR A PILGRIMAGE!

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York presents a unique exhibition 
 PILGRIMAGE AND FAITH, BUDDHISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM, July 1st through October 24, 22011.  http://rmanyc.org
 
The Rubin always has the most interesting and challenging exhibits accompanied by films, lectures and seminars. 
 
 
Pilgrimage and Faith explores these important spiritual journeys in three of the world’s largest religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. While reflecting on the shared goals of personal development and communal solidarity evident in each tradition, the exhibition also highlights their particular ritual practices and artistic expressions.
 
The exhibition features diverse examples of objects from each faith, including a Chinese Buddhist pilgrimage map, a Tibetan Buddhist hand prayer wheel, a twelfth-century Christian reliquary casket, Muslim clay prayer tablets.

Books I would like to share

Books I would like to share, and books and auction catalogues I have for sale ——- so that I can buy more books!

If you are always spending money on books like I do  and are trying to get a good deal once in a while, here are some older exhibition catalogues that can now  be obtained at a discount.  The books are available from a variety of sellers including amazon.com.

THE TSARS AND THE EAST: GIFTS FROM TURKEY AND IRAN TO THE MOSCOW KREMLIN
This is the exhibition catalogue  for a wonderful  2009 exhibit at the Freer/Sackler Gallery/Smithsonian Institution. In addition to depicting the more than sixty examples of lavish tributes,  not seen outside Russia before, the catalogue explores the complex political and trade relations between Russia and its neighbors during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

FALNAMA: THE BOOK OF OMENS  
Exhibition catalogue for the 2009 Sackler Gallery  show illustrating the art of divination in the Islamic world.  Falnama were exuberantly painted pictures created in Savafid Iran and Ottoman Turkey in the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries. Images and scholarly texts on the meaning of dreams, omens and divination are shown in the catalogue.

One of my absolute favorite exhibitions and catalogues –
ENCOMPASSING THE GLOBE: PORTUGAL AND THE WORLD IN THE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES
A global trading network established by Portuguese sailors resulting in treasures  gathered from international private collectors and museums with rare paintings, maps, sculptures, manuscripts and other wonders  from Portugal, Africa, Brazil, China, Japan and the Indian Ocean. This is a three volume catalogue with full color reproductions of each of approximately 250 items. 

And here is my “book shop”:

  1. Three Asian art auction catalogues – two Bonham’s Fine Asian Works of Art, San Francisco, June 7, 2005 and June 21, 2006 and  one Skinner  Asian Works of Art,   Boston, April 2, 2005.  $ 35 for the lot of three  plus shipping.
  2. Nine Asian art auction catalogues – five  Christie’s London and New York  2001 Asian Art  and Asian Decorative Arts catalogues; one Butterfield’s San Francisco 2001  Fine Asian Art; two Christie’s London 2002 Asian Decorative Arts; one Butterfield’s San Francisco 2002 Fine Asian Works of Art. $ 63 for the lot of nine plus shipping.
  3. Nine Asian art auction catalogues – four Christie’s from 2003; four  Christie’s  from 2000;  one Bonham’s  from 2003. $ 90 for the lot of nine plus shipping.
  4. Seven Asian art auction catalogues – two Korean art  catalogues from 1997; four Chinese art catalogues from 1997; one Japanese art catalogue from 1997. $ 40 for the lot of seven plus shipping.
  5. Eighteen Asian art auction catalogues – five  Japanese art catalogues from 1998; eleven Chinese art catalogues from 1998; two Korean art catalogues from 1998.  $ 100 for the lot of 18 plus shipping.
  6. Twelve Asian art auction catalogues – one Japanese art catalogue from 1999; eleven Chinese art catalogues from 1998. $ 60 for the lot of twelve plus shipping.