The biggest exhibition of Islamic art
seen in Australia has opened in Sydney. It features 350 rare works from
the renowned Khalili Collection. "The Arts Of Islam" features Korans and prayer
rugs as well as secular objects, spanning millennia and a range of
countries. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.
Nasser David Khalili
The 350 pieces include colorful ceramics, lustre-painted glass and finely woven textiles from the 7th century to the early 20th century.
The display is about showcasing the imagination and influence that Muslim artists have had through the ages.
|Islamic art exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Walesin Sydney 21 June 2007|
They insist there has never been a greater need for Islam's true artistic power and heritage to be shown.
Khalili says the art of Islam has helped shape Western culture.
"You see the influence (of) Islamic art in every walk of life," Khalili said. "In actual fact, if you open any design book of any other culture in the West, you cannot escape not seeing something Islamic, and this is something that the world is not aware of, and this exhibition is a step toward that direction to tell the world that there is tremendous amount of influence of Islamic culture into the culture of the West."
Professor Khalili is a devout Jew and wants his immense collection to promote greater understanding between various cultures and faiths.
|Islamic art exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Walesin Sydney, 21 Jun 2007|
He wants the arts to show that different religious groups, for example Muslims and Jews, have far more that unites them than sets them apart from each other.
The exhibition takes place at a time when Australia's Muslim population feels increasingly alienated and marginalized from mainstream society.
Anti-Muslim feeling has risen since the bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali in October 2002, when 88 Australians were killed in an attack blamed on a radical Islamic group.
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