Famous manuscripts mainly date back from 14th to 16th centuries when city was hub for trade and Islamic knowledge
It would be prudent to say that there has been a resurgence in interest and the promotion of Art in the Middle East in the past decade. Multitude of Art Museums and Galleries have come up in countries like Dubai and Qatar, who have invested heavily in works of Art as well as setting up of new Art Galleries and Exhibitions.
The world’s first major museum exhibition of Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair (b. 1916) has been announced for Tate Modern opening in April 2013. Comprising over 120 works, many of which have never been seen before and are being exhibited for the first time, this exhibition will bring together paintings, sculptures and other objects made by the artist over six decades, reflecting her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry. In Choucair’s 97th year, this retrospective will celebrate her extraordinary body of work and her contribution to international modernism.
The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is China’s largest province. It came under Chinese rule in 1949. With few exceptions, artists and foreign researchers have been denied meaningful access to the rural areas in Xinjiang. Ross's close working relationships with a Uyghur anthropologist and a French historian focusing on Central Asian Islam have guided her more than eight-year exploration in the region. The extensive body of work from which this exhibition draws is rare in that it captures a time and place that is rapidly modernizing and transforming, as Xinjiang is now China’s largest source of untapped natural gas, oil, and minerals.