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Jakarta Post

Islamic art masterpieces take center stage

  • Stevie Emilia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 29 2012   /  11:47 am

Koran. Probably from Indonesia, 18th or 19th Century. Ink and gold on paper in an Islamic binding. (Courtesy of the Asian Civilizations Museum)Two exhibitions present masterpieces of Islamic art spanning many centuries from different regions and their connections across cultures.Hosted by Singapore’s Asian Civilizations Museum, the exhibition “Islamic Arts from Southeast Asia: Highlights of the Asian Civilizations Museum” explores the diversity and richness of Islamic art from Southeast Asia.The second exhibition, “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts”, features over 100 works of art, exploring architecture and decoration.Together, the two exhibitions illustrate the wide range of Islamic arts across the world.The first exhibition, which comes mainly from the museum’s own collection as well as several recent acquisitions, reveals how artistic ideas fr...