Unlike previous national and international exhibitions on art and Islam, Wondrous Worlds is organized around the Five Pillars of Islam rather than geography, time period, or material. Objects on view range from religious to recreational items and were created in the tradition of Islam by both Muslim and non-Muslim artists. Along with traditional examples, the exhibition also features contemporary works to illustrate the living legacy of art and Islam.
Unknown, Portfolio with Eight-Pointed Star and Geometric Motifs, Algeria, before 1928. Leather, gold. Newark Museum Purchase.
Through rich photography, the official exhibition catalogue takes an expansive and inclusive view of historical and contemporary art practices that intersect with Islam. Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place is organized by the Newark Museum. Its premiere at Phoenix Art Museum is made possible through the generosity of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Exhibition Endowment Fund and is supported by E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, APS, and Outfront Media.
Molded Luster Tile with Sentence Fragment in Raised Calligraphy, Floral and Geometric Motifs, Kashan, Iran, first half of the 13th century. Molded fritware polychrome painted over white slip under transparent glaze. Newark Museum Purchase, Gift of Herman A. E. Jaehne and Paul C. Jaehne.
On view for a limited time, exhibitions present art from across the centuries and the globe, from iconic fashion to Old Master paintings, contemporary photography to historical objects of Asia.MORE
Discover the biographies, histories, and works of featured artists in the Phoenix Art Museum Collection.MORE