The Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM) has mounted an exhibition of Islamic art and architecture masterpieces from Iran’s Ilkhanid, Timurid and Safavid eras in Singapore.
Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts also displays pieces from other great Islamic dynasties such as the al-Andalus of the Iberian Peninsula and Mughal India.
Visitors can see more than 100 objects including manuscripts, paintings, hajj certificates and tiles decorated with Qur’anic verses until October 28, 2012.
“Islamic architecture is one of the most visible aspects of Islamic culture,” said museum director Dr. Alan Chong.
“Intricately painted illuminations capture the world in miniature, and invite the viewer into splendid palaces and intimate gardens,” he added.
“At the same time, visitors can inspect carved wooden beams and brilliantly colored glazed tiles that once decorated mosques and other buildings. We hope that visitors will gain new insights into the history and creativity of the Islamic world.”
The travelling collection was previously displayed at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts
is held in five sections, namely the fortress and the city, sacred topographies, religious and funerary buildings, the palace, and Gardens, pavilions, and tents.
“For millennia, rulers have used vast financial resources to glorify the name of God, to defend their realms, or simply to display their power and vanity,” said chief ACM curator and curator of the exhibition Dr. Pedro Moura Carvalho.
“This exhibition pays tribute to Muslim rulers and their creations, as well as to the architects and artists who created the distinctive styles of Islamic art and architecture.”
Visitors will also get the chance to see folios from illustrated Persian manuscripts such as Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh
(Book of Kings), Nezami’s Khamsa
and the collected works of Sa’adi.