Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Philosophical musings, realistic depictions


We are in chic Nişantaşı this week for a very diverse gallery walk. Half-solo, half-group, the exhibitions we cover are concerned with many different themes and showcase international as well as local talent. As some of the galleries prepare to close for the summer months, this is one of the...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Islamic Art

Ottoman Topologies: a conference

Spatial Experience in an Early Modern Empire and Beyond


If in the Stanford area, an interesting conference will take place the weekend after next (May 16–17) at Stanford University. Ottoman Topologies will explore spatial experience in the early Ottoman Empire. On May 16, papers and discussions relating to Imagining, Mapping and Building Space will be concentrated on. The following...
Posted in Architecture, History, Islamic Art, News, Talks and Lectures

TCF Fellowships

Applications now open

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 23, 2014

A good thing to keep in the back of the mind is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) fellowship programme. There are two types: the Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art and the Cultural Exchange Fellowship.  The TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art has provided funding to young and established scholars since...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, News

Stitching up the rug trade

The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair 2014

By Tim Cornwell | April 7, 2014

Embroidery was king at the London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (LARTA). If the middle market for traditional textiles and carpets is slow, auction prices for embroidery – typically silk on cotton, often from Uzbekistan – are running strong. Top of the line at LARTA was a dowry suzani (the...
Posted in Design, Islamic Art, News

Gifts from the Shah

‘Shah Abbas’ Gifts to the Serenissima’ exhibition

By Victoria Khroundina | March 19, 2014

A fascinating exhibition on display at the Chamber of the Scrutinio in the Doge’s Palace in Venice traces the history of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Venice and the Safavid Persia under the rule of Shah Abbas the Great (1587–1629). The show specifically highlights the gifts exchanged between the two powers...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art

The dresses have it

V&A Jameel Prize exhibition

By Victoria Khroundina | February 17, 2014

The works of the ten Jameel Prize finalists are meticulously placed around the Porter Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), curated by Tim Stanley, the V&A’s senior curator of the Middle East department, with help from the curator of Middle Eastern Contemporary art and design, Salma Tuqan. The...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Exhibitions, Islamic Art

Puppet master

Wael Shawky exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London

By Victoria Khroundina | February 3, 2014

If you are in London, don’t miss the Wael Shawky exhibition at Kensington Garden’s Serpentine Gallery. There is a lot to like about this exhibition, which focuses on Shawky’s films, two part of his Cabaret Crusades series and his latest offering, which premiered at the exhibition, Al Araba Al Madfuna...
Posted in Exhibitions, History, Islamic Art

Mapping Islamic art and culture collections

By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | January 29, 2014

A call out to our readers: do you or anyone you know look after a public collection of Islamic art and material culture in the UK or Ireland? The newly established Subject Specialist Network (SSN) for Islamic Art and Material Culture is extending an invitation to participate in their Islamic Mapping Project....
Posted in Islamic Art, News

An Ottoman arrangement

‘Illuminating Objects’ at the Courtauld Gallery

By John Scott | January 18, 2014

With so much awesomely grubby news of greed and dishonesty to cheer the year on its way, here is a little nugget of beauty to dwell on. A single dish in the right place can make a feast. This 16th-century Iznik plate, made between 1550 and 1560, is dazzling, but...
Posted in Fine Art, Islamic Art

Middle Eastern Studies under the spotlight

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

By Victoria Khroundina | January 3, 2014

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), touted as ‘the most important global event in Middle Eastern studies in 2014’ will take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. Organised in collaboration between the METU and the Turkish Social...
Posted in Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

Islamic arts in Melbourne

By Victoria Khroundina | December 5, 2013

I’m always happy to hear about things of cultural interest happening in my hometown, so the news that the Islamic Arts Festival was taking place at the always fascinating Immigration Museum in Melbourne was most welcome. The festival took place on Sunday November 24 and was established to bring to...
Posted in Islamic Art, Museums

London’s Islamic Week

By Thomas Roueche | May 7, 2012

London’s Islamic Week is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Rooms of unique, museum-quality Islamic artefacts go on show twice a year – albeit for only a week – offering those in the know a chance to take a close look at rarities that usually live behind closed doors in...
Posted in Fine Art, Islamic Art

Talking tiles

By admin | December 6, 2011

From Kütahya to the World: the Story of Tiles and Ceramics Pera MuseumMeşrutiyet Caddesi No.6534443 Tepebaşı - Beyoğlu - İstanbul 10 December Saturday, 10am Free admission Lovers of Turkish ceramics should not miss a symposium at the Pera Museum on Saturday. "From Kutahya to the World: the Story of...
Posted in Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures

Anatolian kilims in San Francisco

By Cornucopia | November 15, 2011

The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection de Young Museum Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco, CA, USA. 94118 Until June 10th, 2012 The de Young Museum in San Francisco has one of the largest collections of textiles in...
Posted in Islamic Art

Antique Rugs & Carpets Auction

By admin | May 19, 2011

Wannenes Art Auctions Wednesday 1st June 2011 Palazza del Melograno Piazza Campetto 2 Genoa, Italy Carpets, ceramics and textile arts books
Posted in Islamic Art

Orientalist Paintings, Paris Auction

By admin | May 19, 2011

Artcurial Thursday 9th June 2011 Hotel Marcel Dassault 7 rond-point de Champs-Élyssés 75008 Orientalist art books
Posted in Islamic Art

Orientalisme Art Islamique: Paris Auction

By admin | May 19, 2011

Gros & Delettrez Monday 20th June 2011 Drouot-Richelieu-Salle 1-7 22 rue Drouot, Paris
Posted in Fine Art, Islamic Art

Islamic and Indian Sale, Bonhams

By Cornucopia | March 31, 2011

It's going to be a sterling show at Bonham's next week, what with the Modern and Contemporary Turkish Art and Islamic and Indian sales both taking place on 5 April. Arts Diary has already had a look at the former, but the latter definitely deserves a mention. Perhaps the most...
Posted in Islamic Art

The Stuart Cary Welch Collection: panel discussion at Sotheby’s, New York

By Cornucopia | March 17, 2011

In what promises to be a sparkling Islamic Week at the London auction houses this April, the star turn will undoubtedly come from the Stuart Cary Welch Collection. On 20 March there will be a discussion of the collection at Sotheby's New York branch, in conjunction with Asia Week New...
Posted in Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures

Research Seminars in Islamic Art, SOAS

By Cornucopia | March 4, 2011

Two intriguing talks are coming up at SOAS this month. On 10 March, Sami de Giosa will speak about the incredible late-Mamluk artistic and cultural renaissance, in a lecture entitled 'Sultan Qaytbay and the artistic revival in Cairo during the late 15th Century.' This period has long been under-researched, and...
Posted in Islamic Art, Talks and Lectures
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