the “Arts of Islam”, an exhibition to (re) discover Islamic culture
The “Arts of Islam” in the spotlight in eighteen cities of France. More than 200 works are presented to the public from November 20 until spring 2022. A national exhibition in which the Museum of Fine Arts of Dijon participates.
Doesn’t Islamic culture speak to you? The “Arts of Islam” may well change that. Four months pendant, eighteen simultaneous exhibitions spread over as many cities you will be able to discover 210 masterpieces. And good news for Burgundians, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon is part of this unique exhibition, which already has one of the most beautiful French collections of Islamic art. France 3 Bourgogne to discover in preview.
Throughout the year, thirteen works are already visible at the Beaux-Arts. For the occasion, the collection is enriched with two loans: a mosque lamp straight from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, on loan from the Louvre Museum, and a large Koran dating from the 14th century, normally kept in Dole in the Jura .
“This proposal from the Louvre museum was to be seized, supports Christine Martin, deputy mayor for culture of Dijon. This is an opportunity to showcase our collections, in a more general exhibition. “
The contribution of the loans is also underlined by the assistant, who considers that they “give a richer, more interesting and stronger body to come and talk about the arts of Islam”. A little-known culture, while “to know her better is obvious” in his opinion. “Thirteen centuries of dialogue is immense”, she still assures, with reference to relations between East and West.
An exhibition all the more important as it takes place in a particular context. “Some would have us believe that we are in a big replacement, and that things have to be fractured and opposed”, Explain Christine Martin, thus mentioning recurring controversies in France. According to her, “Arts of Islam” should make it possible to “to say the richness of cultures and sharing, the richness of these borrowings from all the civilizations which ultimately make a common civilization “.
This presentation of works across several cities in the country is therefore also political. “Polemicists and politicians have taken it up, to speak of assimilation backwards, detail the assistant. These are words that I do not understand. We are here today to talk about art, culture and the richness of sharing. “
The aim of this great exhibition remains above all to gain a better understanding of Islamic culture and religion. You can discover the “Arts of Islam” until March 27, 2022 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, as in seventeen other French cities.
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