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Lidded Cup and Tray, India, 17th century, gold with champlevé and painted enamels, The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

Treasures of Islamic Art from The al-Sabah Collection

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Professor Giovanni Curatola, organizing curator of the inaugural exhibition of works from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, consultant to the DAI (Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah), and professor of Islamic Archaeology and Art History, University of Udine, Italy

The internationally renowned al-Sabah Collection was formed by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah and his wife, Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, between the mid-1970s and the present. Comprised of more than 30,000 pieces spanning 1,400 years of Islamic culture, The al-Sabah Collection has been on long-term loan to the State of Kuwait, and has been housed at the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI), a cultural organization that is part of the National Museum Complex in Kuwait.

In 2012, the MFAH entered into a long-term partnership with the DAI to present selections from the collection. Professor Giovanni Curatola discusses how the works in this inaugural exhibition encapsulates the development of Islamic art over the ages, and how that development has been enriched through encounters and artistic exchanges with other civilizations. 

A reception and exhibition viewing follow the program.

This lecture is free with your museum general admission, but requires a ticket for admission. Secure your seat by downloading a ticket in advance! Tickets are available online by clicking the "get tickets" link above (printer required to print out ticket), by phone at 713.639.7771, or in person at any MFAH admissions desk.

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