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Posted On: 2 May 2017 05:50 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:17 pm

MIA to host historic line up of public talks this May

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Under the leadership of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) is organising a set of dynamic educational public talks this month at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). The talks are part of QM’s continued commitment to inspire an indigenous culture of creativity and educate the next generation of artists and culture enthusiasts in Qatar.

Taking place in conjunction to MIA’s latest exhibition, Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India, which looks at the cultural interplay of three great empires, QM will be organising a talk on Wednesday 3rd May on “Artistic exchange through diplomacy between the Ottomans and the Safavids” that will be led by Dr Sinem Casale, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. This will be followed by a talk on Wednesday 10th May on “Disassembling Thousands of Nails: conserving an 18th century Safavid chest” that will be led by MIA Conservators Geraldine Aubert and Dr Stefan Masarovic.

Khalid Yousef Al Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Officer at Qatar Museums said:

“At Qatar Museums, we are committed to providing a range of enriching and fun learning experiences for the community to enjoy. Our public talks take place throughout the entire year and feature talented and inspirational international speakers from all disciplines. Through these activities, we aim to educate the general public about our collections and the painstaking work that goes into their care, with the hope of developing creative, compassionate and engaged individuals.”

During the talk on May 3rd, Dr Sinem Casale will explore the relationships between diplomacy and the spread of artistic ideas, particularly between the Ottomans and the Safavids. She will share in-depth insights looking at the relationship between the empires in the early modern period and the fascinating objects that were sent as gifts between their courts.

Separately, on May 10th, MIA Conservators Geraldine Aubert and Dr Stefan Masarovic will share insights from the extensive conservation that they carried out on an 18th century Safavid “Shirazi” Chest. The research included dismantling all the metal elements from the wooden chest to reveal the different phases of decorations that were applied to the artefact. During the lecture, they will focus on the historical and geographical context of the object, explaining the traditional manufacturing techniques used and describing the main physical and chemical alterations the materials have gone through.

Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India brings a new perspective to MIA’s collection, by showcasing the connection between three major dynasties which marked the start of the early modern period in Islamic art - the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires. The exhibition, currently running until 4 November 2017, highlights the cultural interaction, artistic influence and materials exchanged between the empires, primarily from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

For more information on MIA’s public programme email [email protected] and to RSVP please visit