Salva Rasool: Art & Beyond

Salva Rasool is respected for her works in Contemporary Art and is well known for her original Modern Arabic Masterpieces. She graduated at the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Arts, in 1985 and has since developed her childhood passion with her erudition and contribution to the Arts.

Salva is essentially recognized the world over for her insatiable urge in calligraphically created Arabic which is resplendent to the rich heritage while keeping pace with the modern times. Today, her work makes regal appearances on the walls of homes as far as South Africa, Middle East, United Kingdom and the United States.


Indian Artist Salva Rasool's Show: Elahiya: Divine Words

Calligraphy is of great import to Islamic art. Islam has for long used it as a form of religious expression but the style is evolving with the times. Artist Salva Rasool has created abstract Arabic art, which borrows from the rich Indian heritage and blends easily with contemporary flavours. Her solo show at the IndiaHabitat Centre called “Elahiya: Divine Words”, began on the 16th of this month and is on display till December 20. “When we were young, my father was very keen for us to learn Arabic. So I learnt Arabic as a child from a teacher,” says the artist, who received her formal education in art from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai and specialised in typography as a subject. Further, she did extensive research in the Arabic script by studying various traditional scripts. Presenting traditional works in a stylised contemporary manner is what distinctly identifies her work. “My style is fusion. I combine modern and traditional techniques to produce interesting forms of art,” states Salva.



New Documentary Film: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

This new ninety-minute documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. The film's executive producers are Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer and the director is Rob Gardner. The film is narrated by Academy Award winning performer Susan Sarandon. PBS broadcast in 2012 (date TBD). For more information please visit http://www.islamicartfilm.org


Treasures of the Aga Khan in St. Petersburg, Russia

Following eight different exhibitions in Europe that attracted over half a million visitors, a new selection of masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum collections are on show at the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, from 9 December 2011 to 26 February 2012.

The exhibition is the first created from the Aga Khan Museum collections to centre on architecture in the Islamic World. The exhibition, sponsored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), has been organised in close cooperation with the Hermitage.

An agreement was signed spelling out future collaboration between The Hermitage and the Aga Khan Museum in areas of mutual interest such as conservation, exchange of technical expertise and exhibitions.

The exhibition is divided into six sections: “Sacred Typographies”, which explores the sites and monuments of Islamic pilgrimage through paintings and drawings; “Religious and Funerary Architecture”, which examines mosques and commemorative shrines; “The Fortress and the City”, which encompasses forts and fortified towns; “The Palace”, which looks at the residences of royal families; “Gardens, Pavilions and Tents”, which discusses the arts of shelter; and “Architecture and the Written Word”, which focuses on architectural spaces contained in miniature painting.

The catalogue contains essays on these themes by Nasser Rabbat, David J. Roxburgh, Kishwar Rizvi, Renata Holod, Sussan Barbaie, James L. Wescoat, jr. and Margaret S. Graves.



Museum for Islam’s history in America

Washington D.C.’s Mall is the home of many of the city’s finest museums, housing works of the masters at the National Museum of Art, historic aircraft at the Air and Space Museum and America’s Native heritage at the American Indian Museum.

But one man saw that something was missing: Amir Muhammad couldn’t find a museum that showed Islam’s history in America.  So he started digging.  His results - including photos, artifacts, and displays - have become America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in Southeast Washington, DC.


Museum of Topkapı Palace, Turkey

Topkapı Palace, which is one of the oldest palaces in the world ...

...served as the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire for some 400 years. Built on the tip of the Istanbul peninsula, the palace stands on an exclusive point overlooking the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. Unlike European palaces, Topkapı Palace comprises numerous structures and its various pavilions and apartments, each of which is an exquisite example of Ottoman civic architecture, give it the appearnace of a small city. The palace has been serving as a museum since 1924 and its exhibits are among the world's masterpieces.



The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem

Visitors to Jerusalem's L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art are privileged to view one of the foremost collections of Islamic art and Antique Watches & Clocks. The L.A. Mayer Museum was founded by the late Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons, realizing her long-standing idea of giving expression to the impressive artistic achievements of Israel's Muslim neighbors. Mrs. Salomons dedicated the Museum to her friend and teacher, Prof. Leo Arie Mayer. Many scholars of international renown took part in the establishment of the Museum, attracted to both its research activities and to the challenge of bridging the gap between the two cultures. The Museum was opened to the public in 1974.



The best of Islamic Arts at the Hermitage (in Russia)

Following eight different exhibitions in Europe,a new selection of masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum collections are on show at the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), until 26 February, 2012.

The exhibition Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts is the first created from the Aga Khan Museum collections to centre on architecture in the Islamic World.



Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture

As the premier art museum in the Mountain West and most attended university art museum in North America, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art (MOA) in Provo, Utah, is the organizing institution for the upcoming exhibition Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture. The exhibition will be in the MOA’s main galleries from February 24, 2012 to September 29, 2012.



Pakistan: Calligraphic exhibition to mark the beginning of the Islamic year

To herald the start of the Islamic year, Gallery Louvre is hosting a calligraphy exhibition featuring artists from all over the country. This was stated in a press release issued by the gallery here on Wednesday. The collection will display styles of the art form in diverse media. The curator and owner of the gallery, Alina Saeed, said, “We aim to promote all kinds of visual arts, calligraphy being an important aspect.”


Calligraphy on Tile Panel - Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation of Islamic Arts


Shangri La is the Honolulu home of American philanthropist Doris Duke. Built in 1937, Shangri La houses an impressive collection of Islamic art and is considered one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes.


Gertrud Rennhard’s “Iran Collection”

Born in Zürich Gertrud Rennhard joined the Swiss Foreign Office in 1945 and in 1947 received her first overseas posting, to Sao Paulo. Following tenures in Rome and in Basel, Gertrud Rennhard was posted to Tehran in 1962 where she remained until her retirement in 1976.

During this 14 year period Gertrud Rennhard not only travelled extensively throughout Iran and neighbouring countries, but passionately collected objects of Islamic art: be it calligraphy, carpets, coins, jewellery, furniture, whatever…



New Documentary: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

UPF is proud to present its latest documentary film, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. This new ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.

The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work.  It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.

Muslim art coming to a Mormon college

Sure, the bowls, figurines, tapestries and manuscripts are stunning historical artifacts. But to Sabiha Al Khemir, they are even more. They are building a bridge of understanding between the Islamic and Western worlds.

And they are going on display at a Mormon school.

“If people are touched and their hearts are open, they will do the work [to understand],” said Al Khemir, a Tunisian-born art expert and project director for “Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges With the Arts of Islamic Culture,” an exhibit set to launch its U.S. tour at Brigham Young University in February.
Al Khemir, along with representatives of BYU’s Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Newark (N.J.) Museum and the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum, announced this week the start of the traveling exhibition in Provo.

Museum of Islamic Art in Istanbul, Turkey


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