SHAFAQNA- Iqna: “Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place,” the most extensive exhibition of Islamic art to be shown in Oklahoma, will open June 23 at the Philbrook Museum of Art.
Organized by the Newark (NJ) Museum and featuring artwork from its extensive collection, the exhibition represents more than 1,200 years of artistic creation, illustrating the great geographic expanse of the Islamic world and reflecting the faith, cultures, artistic traditions and everyday lives of Muslims across history and place.
Organized around five themes — architecture, hospitality, clothing, the art of writing and cross-cultural exchange — the exhibition allows visitors to discover objects made from a wide variety of materials including ornately decorated clothing and textiles, elaborate jewelry and metalwork, and ornamented ceramics and furniture.
Contemporary sculpture, photographs and paintings show how artists today are exploring historic traditions to create innovative new work.
This exhibition includes objects from Southeast Asia and East and West Africa together with masterpieces from the Middle East, North Africa and India, all highlighting the deep diversity and global impact of Islamic art.