Shows: Gifts of the Sultan, The Genius of the Orient, Orientalism in Europe & the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival

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Here are three shows and a festival full of arts and culture from the Menasa region for this summer.
Image above: Painting by James TISSOT

The Genius of the Orient: Modern Europe and the Arts of Islam

Henri Matisse, Red carpets, the summer of 1906, oil on canvas, Musée de Grenoble © Succession H. Matisse
Islamic Arts Magazine: “Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon, France / 2 April- 4 July 2011 / The exhibition “The Genius of the Orient: Modern Europe and the Arts of Islam” shows how the modern rediscovery of the Islamic arts shaped European art.

In the 19th century, Europe revived its interest in the Islamic arts. The tremendous increase in travel to the East and cultural exchanges at the time facilitated the constitution of western collections of Islamic art. Often spectacular, these collections exhibited the fascination of the West for the Muslim world. Carpets, textiles and objects fashioned out of precious metals or wood inlaid with ivory introduced into Europe a new repertory of forms, motifs and techniques. These collections, both private and public, helped to produce a new way of seeing that is still with us today.

The Genius of the Orient: Modern Europe and the Arts of Islam, curated by Salima Hellal and Rémi Labrusse, evinces how the modern rediscovery of the Islamic arts shaped European art in two very different ways. On the one hand, Orientalist painting often inspired by Islamic architecture conjured up fabled fantasies of palaces and harems. On the other, theoreticians of ornament and architecture, and later avant-garde artists, looked to Islamic art for the new visual codes it proposes and which, in effect, assisted the modern radical transformation of western codes of representation.”
Read on at Islamic Arts Magazine

Official Homepage – Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon, France

Orientalism in Europe: from Delacroix to Matisse

28.5. – 28.8.2011 – Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille

The fascination for the Orient which runs throughout the history of Westem art peaked in the nineteenth century. Orientalism enjoyed a golden age between
Bonapartes Egyptian campaign (1798‐1801) and Matisse’s stay in North Africa in 1906.

More at rmn

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Court

Culture Monster: “The breathtaking Ardabil Carpet, an incomparable 16th-century masterpiece that ranks among the greatest works in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent collection, is on view at the museum through Labor Day. It’s the centerpiece to “Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Court,” one of LACMA’s big summer shows.

This is just the fifth time the carpet has been displayed since its 1965 museum debut.

Specialists regard the Ardabil Carpet to be one of the two greatest Persian rugs ever woven. The other is its matching twin, now in the collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The 19th-century English Arts and Crafts designer William Morris, who led the campaign for the V&A to acquire its rug in 1893, said it was “of singular perfection” — and LACMA’s is often regarded as the finer of the two.”
Read on at Culture Monster

Official page at LACMA: “Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts – Resnick Pavilion (June 5, 2011–September 5, 2011): “Gifts of the Sultan explores Islamic art through the universal tradition of gift giving. Many of the most spectacular and historically significant examples of Islamic art can be classified as gifts, a number of which will be brought together for the unique purpose of this exhibition to demonstrate the integral and complex nature of gift exchange in the Islamic world.

The exhibition spans the eighth through nineteenth centuries and includes 200 works of art representing a rich variety of media from three continents. These spectacular works of art are associated with the great Islamic courts from Spain to India, where gift giving was a fundamental activity. ”
More : Official page at LACMA: “Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts

The award-winning Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival – A celebration of Arabic arts and culture
2011 FESTIVAL: 1-10 July

Photograph by Tim Hetherington who’s work forms part of the My Father’s House Exhibition taking place Liverpool John Moores Art and Design Academy. All rights reserved by Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival

“Coming at a time when huge changes are taking place in the Arab world, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival couldn’t be more timely in reflecting and interpreting these transformations.

The Festival will be arriving on 1st July for ten days, so make sure you’re there and keep checking here for regular updates and to DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAMME click here.”