Municipal Museum spotlights Iranian Islamic art

September 10, 2018

On Saturday, an exhibition of Islamic art objects, featuring tens of Iranian relics, opened its doors to the public at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, known as the Municipal Museum, located in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Titled “Splendor and Bliss – Arts of the Islamic World”, the event has put on show 300 objects with astounding ornamental qualities of Islamic art in the period 900-1900.

The opening ceremony was attended by Iran’s ambassador to the Netherlands Alireza Jahangiri and the Hague Mayor Pauline Krikke, Mehr reported.

The exhibition focuses on the ornamental character of Islamic art and on stories of culture, tradition and craft. In addition, writers, cooks and musicians are paying tribute to the nature of the objects in the exhibition in literary texts, recipes and pieces of music inspired by them.

“It’s really inspiring to see these people’s personal and artistic responses to our magnificent collection,” said museum director Benno Tempel, reported.

“They reveal it to be a collection full of bliss and show what fabulous stories lay hidden in the artworks. This highlights a side of Muslim culture that is rarely considered in the public debate: the exuberance and the positive message of Islamic art.”

Since early seventh century onwards, Islamic culture has produced some magnificent art objects throughout its history, some of which found their way to the Far East and Europe.

“Splendor and Bliss — Arts of the Islamic World” runs through March 3, 2019.

PHOTO: Tile in the shape of a star, eastern Iran, mid-15th century, the Municipal Museum


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