British Museum hosts Islamic art exhibition

BBC NEWS: The word in contemporary Islamic art

The British Museum is putting on an exhibition of modern “Islamic art”, that is to say, Middle Eastern art since the 1980s, which the Museum has been collecting. The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until 18th September, with more than 80 visual artists represented in four sections:

Sacred Script looks at the relationship between Arabic script and Islam

Literature and Art concentrates on how artists have illustrated and decorated classic texts, sacred and secular

Deconstructing the Word looks at Arabic script’s place in modern art

Identity, History and Politics looks at how art illuminates the current politics of the Islamic world.

The website has a few actual examples.

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