Arts of Islam: Masterworks from the Khalili Collection
Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe

Europe is finally graced with this phenomenal collection of Islamic arts, after having shown beforehand in Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Iranian born Nassar David Khalili, who made his fortune as a businessman in England, amassed over 20,000 pieces meanwhile gaining recognition as a published researcher, philanthropist and engaged collector of Islamic arts; his is the largest and most important private collection is this domain.

The collection covers a broad range of time periods and geographic areas, from the 7th to the 20th centuries. Beginning in 622, which marked the migration of the prophet Mohammad from Mecca to Medine, the collection is also marked by the 13th century at which time the influence of the Turks and Mongols formed many of the styles in Islamic art that we are largely familiar with today.

The collection is anchored in the rich philosophical tradition of Islam, alongside its religious and political roots. This presentation is organized into three themes: the relation between art and the sacred, the role of the arts at court with the elaborate accessories that served civic life and, lastly, the ebullient color and form that intended to stimulate the senses for a taste of paradise.

October 6th, 2009 through March 14th, 2010
1, rue des Foss├ęs Saint-Bernard
Place Mohammed v
Paris 75005
T. +33 (0)1 40 51 38 38