Doha (Qatar), 24 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar is putting on, from 19 March to 2 June 2012, an exhibition titled “Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts”. Organised in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (which hosted the same it from June to September 2011) and with the support of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (hosted it between October 2011 and January 2012), the show includes some 200 works from a period spanning from the 8th century to the present day. Some of the world’s greatest collections of Islamic art have loaned works which feature in this collection, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the J. Paul getty Museum, the Topkapi Sarayi Museum in Istanbul, the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin and the British Museum.
The objects on display are split into three sections. The “personal gifts” section includes pieces of clothing, jewellery and precious tableware, such as bowls made from gold, silver, porcelain and jade. The “religious gifts” section focuses on objects either intrinsically religious in nature, or that where given to or by religious figures. They include pieces of furniture, manuscripts (notably the Qur’an), as well items donated to mosques and temples. “Gifts between states” is the largest section and includes a large variety of objects ranging from crystal piece, royal insignia, to pieces of architecture.
The exhibition also includes works by contemporary artists Sadegh Tirafkan, Shahia Sikander, Ahmed Mater and Gunseli Kato, all of whom were invited to create new works for the exhibition with “gifts” as a central theme.