Building Our Collection: Mughal and Safavid Albums
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
September 17, 2014-Feburary 21, 2015
Showcasing highlights from MIA's collection of Persian and Indian miniature paintings and calligraphy, this exhibition explores the journey of artistic connoisseurship from the Middle East and Asia to Europe across the centuries. It allows visitors to understand the history of Islamic art collecting and, in particular, how and why MIA's collection of Safavid and Mughal album folios was formed. Curated by Nur Sobers-Khan.
Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
February 1, 2015-ongoing
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, the first major exhibition of LACMA's holdings of Middle Eastern contemporary art—the largest such institutional collection in the United States. In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art at LACMA have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. As the first of a two-part exhibition program, Islamic Art Now features 25 works—including photography, sculpture, video, and installation—by 20 artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Wafaa Bilal, Lalla Essaydi, Hassan Hajjaj, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Youssef Nabil, Shirin Neshat, and Mitra Tabrizian, among others. Most of the works in Islamic Art Now have never been displayed previously at LACMA.
Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC
September 13, 2014–May 3, 2015 (extended)
Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the fourteenth century in Iran and remains one of the most expressive forms of aesthetic refinement in Persian culture to this day. More than twenty works ranging in date from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of the script’s transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word to an artistic form of its own. The narrative thread emphasizes the achievements of four of the greatest master calligraphers—Mir Ali Tabrizi, Sultan Ali Mashhadi, Mir Ali Haravi, and Mir Imad Hasani—whose manuscripts and individual folios are still appreciated not only for their content but also for their technical virtuosity and visual quality.
Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
October 28, 2014–January 25, 2015
This exhibition of some sixty jeweled objects from the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani provides a glimpse into the evolving styles of the jeweled arts in India from the Mughal period until the present day, with emphasis on later exchanges with the West.
The Tiger’s Dream: Tipu Sultan
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
September 29, 2014 –January 24, 2015
Drawn entirely from the MIA collection, this exhibition delves into the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the South Indian ruler, statesman, and patron. Featuring a selection of objects that reflect Tipu’s image as the ‘Tiger of Mysore,’ the main highlight of the exhibition is a rare display of 24 paintings showing Tipu’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780. Curated by William Greenwood.