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Posted On: 25 October 2022 09:41 pm
Updated On: 25 October 2022 10:13 pm

H.H. Sheikha Moza opens Baghdad: Eye's Delight Exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art

Fareeha Imtiaz
Fareeha Imtiaz
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Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation opened the Baghdad: Eye’s Delight exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on 25 October 2022.

The exhibition, on view at MIA’s Temporary Exhibition Gallery until 25 February 2023, introduces and celebrates the significance of Baghdad under the Abbasid dynasty (750-1258) and its influential impact in the region and around the world up until today.

Baghdad: Eye’s Delight highlights Iraq’s capital as a political, economic, and intellectual hub during a period that was one of the most innovative in world history.

The exhibition is presented as part of Qatar-MENASA 2022 Year of Culture, an international cultural exchange designed to deepen understanding between nations and their people and Qatar Creates, the year-round national cultural movement that curates, promotes, and celebrates the diversity of cultural activities in Qatar.

The presentation explores Baghdad’s role as a great intellectual and artistic city that has attracted scholars and philosophers from around the world and documents the city’s tremendous resilience in face of war, violence, and destruction throughout its history. The exhibition highlights how Baghdad continued to endure, building on the memories of its Abbasid heritage.

Baghdad: Eye’s Delight is jointly curated by Dr. Julia Gonnella, Director, Museum of Islamic Art and the museum’s curatorial team: Dr. Mounia Chekhab Abudaya, Dr. Tara Desjardins, Nicoletta Fazio and Simone Struth. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue with important contributions by distinguished international scholars.

Also currently on view at MIA until March 2023 is Raku Kichizaemon XV: Jikinyū’ – A Living Tradition of Japanese Pottery, displaying a set of fourteen ceremonial tea bowls inspired by Qatar’s natural environment and people, featuring the poetry of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, founder of Qatar.


Source: Press Release
Cover image credit: Moza bint Nasser