Through Fabien Massin
It’s a exposure extraordinary that Rouen (Seine-Maritime) is preparing to welcome, from November 20, 2021 to March 27, 2022: “Arts of Islam, a past for a present”. This is an exhibition organized in partnership with the Louvre Museum, which pilots it, and available in 18 cities in France. Objective: to highlight all the diversity and richness of the arts of Islam – from the Maghreb to India via the Turkish-speaking space and covering 1,300 years of history – by presenting works from public collections French, therefore part of our own heritage.
Towards a sustainable development of the Islamic fund
In Rouen, everything will happen at the ceramic museum (along the Verdrel square). “The collection of this museum contains objects of Islamic art, but more generally, this operation enabled us to identify the pieces in the 11 metropolitan museums: we found more than 200,” explains Sylvain Amic, director of the meeting of metropolitan museums. It is a first to reveal part of it, with also master loans that come from the Louvre, but also loans from the Villon library, which has the finest collection of Islamic manuscripts outside of Paris. “
As everywhere in the cities participating in the project, the exhibition brought together 10 works – including at least one contemporary creation -, will show a film and will include a space for discussion. Without revealing everything, we can already say that the Rouen public will have the chance to discover a magnificent glass cup, an olifant or a Mughal powder horn.
Notably, this exhibition will serve as a first step in a permanent showcase of these Islamic treasures within the Rouen Museums, along the permanent routes (to which access is free).
A national project
This ambitious and innovative project was born out of the government’s desire to help change the general public’s views on Islam, especially among young people, in a troubled international geopolitical context. This is why this program associates the Ministries of Culture and National Education, alongside museum and cultural institutions (Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Institut du monde arabe, network of regional contemporary art funds, Arab World Institute, Fondation Islam de France).
Practical information :
“Arts of Islam, a past for a present”, from November 20, 2021 to March 27, 2022, at the Ceramics Museum, 1, rue Faucon, every day except Tuesday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Free entry.
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