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and stretching to al-Andalus. Their con-

quests took them from the southern

edge of the Sahara (northern fringe of

Mauritania) to the northern reaches of

Algeria and Tunisia. This empire’s influ-

ence, unifying for the first time the

western Islamic world, was felt as far as

the Near East. Musée du Louvre,



through January 19.

The Everyday—The Luxurious—The


Jewelry in Ancient Egypt

presents selected pieces of jewelry,

pectorals and amulets, as well as scar-

abs, from various periods in Egyptian

history. The exhibition provides an over-

view of each of the different types of

jewelry, explains their production and

features excellent examples of silver-

work. Spread over several separate

vitrines, the display explains the impor-

tance of jewelry in everyday life, as lux-

ury objects and as protective amulets.

Many of the exhibits from Berlin’s Ägyp-

tisches Museum collection have never

gone on public display before. Neues



, through January 25.

Imran Qureshi:

Deutsche Bank’s “Artist

of the Year“

comprises miniature paint-

ings and site-specific installations. The

exhibition is Qureshi’s first major presen-

tation in the


. Born in 1972 in Pakistan,

Qureshi studied in Lahore at the National

College of Arts with a major in minia-

ture painting—a traditional discipline he

teaches there today. Considered one of

the most important contemporary artists



Into India:

South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum

of Art

uses miniatures to explore art produced by Persian,

Central Asian and European leaders and merchants who set-

tled in India from the 12th to 19th centuries. The exhibition

presents more than a hundred illuminations of Buddhist, Jain

and Hindu manuscripts that illustrate sacred Indian texts,

books of Persian poetry and albums documenting the life of

the glittering Mughal court or the indigenous flora and fauna,

revealing the remarkable ability of Indian artists to adapt their

styles to satisfy the taste of the foreigners who dominated

India while maintaining a specifically Indian quality. Musée

national des beaux-arts du


, through January 18.

Roads of Arabia:

Archaeology and History of the Kingdom

of Saudi Arabia

is an eye-opening look at the largely unknown

ancient past of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, drawing on

recently discovered archeological material never before seen in



. “Roads of Arabia” features objects excavated from sev-

eral sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula, tracing the impact

of ancient trade routes and pilgrimage roads stretching from

Yemen in the south to Iraq, Syria and Mediterranean cultures in

the north. Elegant alabaster bowls and fragile glassware, heavy

gold earrings and Hellenistic bronze statues testify to a lively

mercantile and cultural interchange among distant civilizations.

Asian Art Museum,

San Francisco

, through January 18.

The Future of Fashion Is Now

takes the visitor on a trip

around the most innovative fashion from all over the world,

with works by such designers as Hussein Chalayan (Cyprus),

Viktor&Rolf (the Netherlands) and Rejina Pyo (Korea). The

exhibition examines the critical stance that young fashion

designers worldwide are adopting with regard to “the fash-

ion system” and the role of clothes in contemporary soci-

ety. Designers with non-western backgrounds and from

countries bordering Europe, where until recently there was

little or no tradition of fashion, are actively seeking to trans-

form the fashion system. The exhibition is the sequel to the

successful show “The Art of Fashion”

staged in Rotterdam in 2009. Museum

Boijmans Van Beuningen,



through January 18.

The Garden of Ideas:


Art from Pakistan

. Created for plea-

sure, spiritual reflection and esthetic

contemplation, gardens have held

many meanings. Beyond their beauty,

they represent the human impulse to

organize, contain and collect the nat-

ural world. Without cultivation, a gar-

den would cease to exist. Similarly,

without cultivation of the mind and the

soul, it is believed a society cannot pro-

gress. “To dwell is to garden,” wrote

the German philosopher Martin Hei-

degger, reminding us of the central role

of culture as part of our existence. The

exhibit brings together the work of six

internationally acclaimed Pakistani art-

ists whose creations play with, ques-

tion and interrogate the timeless theme

of the garden. Several pieces have been

made in direct response to works in

the Aga Khan Museum’s collection and

to the museum’s own reinterpretation

of an Islamic garden (

chahar bagh

) as

designed by Vladimir Djurovic. Aga Khan



, through January 18.

Medieval Morocco:

An Empire from

Africa to Spain.

From the 11th to

the 15th centuries, a succession of

dynasties—Almoravid, Almohad and

Marinid—fashioned a political and civ-

ilizational space centered on Morocco

La Vie Est Une Légende E.Cité—Almaty/Kazakhstan:

Despite a complex political situation, Kazakhstan has never ceased to nurture intense artistic activity.

This project aims to show the diversity and relevance of 10 Kazakh artists’ present-day work through

sculpture, photography, video and installations. The works, not previously exhibited in France, bring

together in a single room common themes of Kazakhstan’s history, including Saïd Atabekov’s “Shroud

of Genghis Khan” and Yerbossyn Meldibekov’s “Distorted Busts of Lenin,” and popular culture,

including “The Bazaar,” recreated by Elena and Viktor Vorobyev and “The Extraordinary Textiles,”

in Almagul Menlibayeva’s photographs,


. Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain,



through March 8.



a native of


blends the



of Central

Asia with

a critique

of official


politics in

work like

“My Silk

Road to

You” (2011).