Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saudi Arabian cultural institution opened in 2016 with collection from Los Angeles Museum

By Ariel Shapiro

In 2016, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) collaborated with the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on an Islamic art exhibit that includes a preserved Ottoman interior and a textile from inside the Kaaba in Mecca. Some of the 130 works from LACMA’s collection, which will have a broad range of Islamic works including textiles, glazed ceramics, interiors and ivory work, among other artforms, were never been displayed to the public before. Another piece in the LACMA collection that had never been on display before that will be part of the exhibit is a textile of Turkish origin that was used on the inside of the Kaaba, the holiest site in the Muslim world. The cloth, which dates from the 17th or 18th century, is red, with a striking zig-zag pattern. [More]
Detail of Textile from Turkey, Probably Istanbul, 17th - 18th century, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Edwin Binney, 3rd, Collection of Turkish Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. ILLUSTRATION: LACMA