Gourmet Fair

The Astounding Arts of Islam

Followed by a Gourmet Gazette Slide Show

A poetic wall covering from Isfahan, Iran in ceramic dating from the 17th century on show at the exhibition in Angoulême. ©Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Raphaël Chipault. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

It is a powerful journey through 1,300 years of history being that is being played out in 18 museums and cultural institutions in France. A ceramic bird, luxurious table wear, and not one but two astrolabes. Some 180 works have been brought together in a group show entitled Islamic Arts, A Past for a Present. The 18 exhibitions each revealing 10 objects have been co-produced by the Reunion des Musées Nationaux and the Musée du Louvre who were entrusted with the formidable task by the French Ministry of Culture. The event aims to provide a fresh perspective on the Islamic arts and culture and through culture to encourage an open dialogue and an understanding of a shared past, specifically the importance of the close exchanges and ties that have historically existed between France and the Orient.

Ceramic bird from Iran, circa 1453-1454 on show at the exhibition in Clermont-Ferrand. ©RMN-Grand Palais (Sèvres – Manufacture et musée nationaux) / Martine Beck-Coppola. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

So if you can’t be in France right now, or make it to the 18 locations that are found throughout France, The Gourmet Gazette brings the show to you. The venues offer an insight into the diversity of the territories and populations influenced by Islam with Islamic civilization being as much Arab as Turkish, Indian, Iranian, North African and Asian. A wide variety of artistic practices are on display depicting scenes from life and nature as well as decorative elements of palaces and mosques. A fifteen-page booklet for each exhibition is on hand as well as screenings of films in each venue enabling the visitor to discover the countries of origin of each of the artworks while conferences, debates and live performances round out the agenda. The curatorship of the ensemble of the exhibitions has been entrusted to Yannick Lintz, the Director of the Islamic Art Department at the Musée du Louvre.Through March 27th
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

A Gourmet Gazette Slide Show

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