The MET will reopen their Islamic art galleries 1 November 2011

Category: Exhibitions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be reopening their Islamic Art galleries 1 November 2011. The 15 new galleries include art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.

The renovated galleries houses the Metropolitan’s famous collection of Islamic art. The renovation began five years ago so the reopening has been awaited with excitement for a very long time.

Ottoman prayer carpet
Ottoman prayer carpet. Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The museums collection of Islamic art is considered as the most important and comprehensive in the world and includes more than 12,000 works of art from Spain in the west to India in the east. Some 1,200 of these objects from the seventh century onward will be on display at any time. Due their sensivity of light the displays of textiles will change frequently.

Emperors Carpet
Emperors Carpet. Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The collection includes some of the finest classical carpets from the 16th and 17th centuries, and among them the newly restored Emperor’s Carpet, an classical 16th century Persian carpet that was presented to Hapsburg Emperor Leopold I by Peter the Great of Russia.

The new Islamic art galleries will be reviewed in the next issue of HALI.

Location and more information: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York.

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