Monday, March 27, 2006

De Cordoue à Samarcande an exhibition in the Louvre opens this weekend

A collection of objects from Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, which will be opening in the near future, will be exhibited at the Louvre between March 30th and June 26th. This will be curated by Sabiha Khemir (of Doha's Museum of Islamic Art) and Francis Richard. A catlogue of the exhibition was made by Khemir. Here is the announcement as appeared in the Louvre's website:

Islamic Art from 03-30-2006 to 06-26-2006

From Córdoba to Samarkand The Future Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
As a preview to the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar), the Louvre hosts an exhibition of around 50 key works selected from the magnificent collection assembled by the State of Qatar.
The extraordinary works selected by the curators of the Louvre exhibition are among the most representative pieces in this collection. They bear witness to a rich and varied cultural history, spanning three continents and thirteen centuries, from the 7th to the end of the 19th century.The museum destined to house this entire collection, the realization of a resolutely innovative architectural and museological project, as revealed by two models presented in the Espace Richelieu, was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei and Jean-Michel Wilmotte and is currently nearing completion.This exhibition is sponsored by the government of Qatar.
CatalogueFrom Córdoba to Samarkand: Masterpieces from the New Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar Edited by Sabiha al-Khemir, with the collaboration of Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Ieoh Ming Pei, and Philip Jodidio. Photographs by Hugues Dubois. Co-published by Musée du Louvre Editions and 5 Continents Editions, 176 p. About €30, trilingual (French, English, and Arabic). The publication of this work was sponsored by ArjoWiggins.
Curator(s) : Sabiha al Khemir, chief curator of the Museum of Islamic Art of Doha. Francis Richard, head curator, in charge of the Department of Islamic Art

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At 3:17 AM, Blogger Robbie said...

Hey Tarek, do you know where I can get a copy of this book: From Córdoba to Samarkand: Masterpieces from the New Museum of Islamic Art in Doha by Sabiha al-Khemir. I believe it was produced by the Qatar Supreme Council for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

You can email me back if you like at

Many thanks,


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