Art And Culture

Chicago Art Institute Showcases Islamic Art

Chicago Art Institute Showcases Islamic ArtChicago Art Institute Showcases Islamic Art

Art from across the Islamic world is on display in the newly transformed galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago.

New calligraphy acquisitions on display for the first time include two pages from a 12th or 13th century Qur’an that feature colored ink on vivid pink paper.

Art produced under the Mongols in Iran between the mid-13th and mid-14th centuries, is also on display. Painting, calligraphy, textiles and carpets are among the items, reports AP.

The exhibition groups 100 pieces altogether. They range from small tiles and utensils to large architectural objects, like a pair of 12-foot wooden doors from 14th century Morocco.

Curator Daniel Walker says the collection spans the Islamic world, from Spain and Morocco to Central Asia and Indonesia.