Exhibition From Córdoba to Samarkand The Future Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
from March 30, 2006 to June 26, 2006
As a preview to the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (Qatar), the Louvre hosts an exhibition of around 50 key works selected from the magnificent collection assembled by the State of Qatar.
The extraordinary works selected by the curators of the Louvre exhibition are among the most representative pieces in this collection. They bear witness to a rich and varied cultural history, spanning three continents and thirteen centuries, from the 7th to the end of the 19th century.
The museum destined to house this entire collection, the realization of a resolutely innovative architectural and museological project, as revealed by two models presented in the Espace Richelieu, was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei and Jean-Michel Wilmotte and is currently nearing completion.
This exhibition is sponsored by the government of Qatar.
From Córdoba to Samarkand: Masterpieces from the New Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar Edited by Sabiha al-Khemir, with the collaboration of Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Ieoh Ming Pei, and Philip Jodidio. Photographs by Hugues Dubois. Co-published by Musée du Louvre Editions and 5 Continents Editions, 176 p. About €30, trilingual (French, English, and Arabic). The publication of this work was sponsored by ArjoWiggins.
Sabiha al Khemir, chief curator of the Museum of Islamic Art of Doha.
Francis Richard, head curator, in charge of the Department of Islamic Art