Friday, April 10, 2015

British Museum to open gallery dedicated to Islamic art

By Christopher D. Shea

UNITED KINGDOM---The British Museum will open a new gallery in 2018 dedicated to a broad swath of Islamic art, the museum announced. Set in a pair of currently closed galleries in the heart of the museum, the Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World will include sections dedicated to Islamic art until around 1500, and to artifacts from three 16th-century Islamic dynasties — the Ottoman, the Mughal and the Safavid. A selection of contemporary artwork will also appear – including works from “The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,” a series by the American artist Michael Rakowitz in which he recreated artworks looted from the National Museum of Iraq after the American-led invasion of 2003. [link]