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The Splendour of Cities

The Route of the Tile

October 25, 2013 – January 26, 2014

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisbon, Portugal

Calouste Gulbenkian was drawn both to the art of the Near East and to that of Western Europe. Among the works that feature in his collection are tiles, a form of artistic expression that was and still is shared by both these areas of Mediterranean culture. The core of this project is the Museum’s collection of tiles from Iznik, Turkey.

The exhibition will focus on the specific qualities of ceramics created to cover buildings. Following the Museum’s tradition of drawing attention to other cultures, they are bringing together, for the first time, works from regions and cultures as diverse as Spain, Italy and Flanders, Holland and the Ottoman Empire, England and Persia, Portugal and India in which influences from distant China can often be detected.

On Monday 11 November, 3–6pm in the Museum Auditorium, Cornucopia contributor John Carswell gave a sell-out lecture on Islamic Tiles.

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