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July/August 2015


museums: 18 from the Egyptian

Museum in Tahrir Square, 22 from the

Graeco-Roman Museum, 31 from the

Alexandria National Museum, 15 from

the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum

and 207 from the Sunken Monuments

Department. Institut du Monde Arabe,


, September 7 through January;

Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall,


, April 15 through August 2016;


, November 15, 2016, through

March 2017.

ReOrient Festival 2015

turns San

Francisco into a hub for innovative,

spirited and thought-provoking the-

ater from and about the Middle East.

With short plays by playwrights from

Iraq, Iran, Egypt, England and the



this ReOrient promises to be a one-of-

a-kind exploration of this region and its

theater, stories and artists. Z Below,

San Francisco,

September 10 through

October 4.

Making Place:

The Architecture of

David Adjaye.

With more than 50 proj-

ects across the world, Tanzanian-born

David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a

major international figure in architec-

ture and design. Rather than advancing

a signature architectural style, Adjaye’s

structures address local concerns and

conditions through both a historical

understanding of context and a global

understanding of modernism. This

mid-career survey—the first devoted

to Adjaye—offers an in-depth over-

view of the architect’s distinct approach

and visual language through a dynamic

installation design conceived by Adjaye

Associates. Capturing a significant

moment in Adjaye’s career, this exhibi-

tion spans projects from furniture and

housing to public buildings and master

plans and features drawings, sketches,

models and building mockups. In addi-

tion, a specially commissioned film

featuring interviews with Adjaye’s collab-

orators, including an international roster

of artists, the exhibition curators and

other influential figures in the art world,

helps bring the projects alive and makes

clear the important role that Adjaye plays

in contemporary architecture today. The

Art Institute of


, September 19

through January 3.

In the City,

an absorbing graphic-design

and sound-art exhibition, provides a rare

glimpse into four Arab Cities. The show,

a first of its kind in London, showcases

a series of commissioned and preex-

isting works from an eclectic lineup of

established and emerging Arab design-

ers, illustrators, video and sound artists.

It transports the audience through four

enigmatic, but often overlooked Arab

cities—Alexandria, Algiers, Baghdad

and Nablus—by recapturing and re-

imagining elements of those cities. The

collection explores each city’s panorama

through its streets, landmarks, people,

signage and sounds through individual

rooms that contain elements borrowed

from the city it represents, forming a

variety of installations that invite inter-

action between the audience and the

work. P21 Gallery,


, September

26 through December 15.



The Fabric of India.

The highlight of the

India Festival at the Victoria and Albert

Museum (




), this will be the first major

exhibition to explore the dynamic and

multifaceted world of handmade textiles

from India. It will include a spectacular


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18th-century tent belonging to Tipu Sul-

tan, a stunning range of historic costume,

highly prized textiles made for interna-

tional trade and cutting-edge fashion by

celebrated Indian designers. Showcasing

the best of the




’s world-renowned col-

lection together with masterpieces from

international partners, the exhibition will

feature over 200 objects ranging from

the third to the 21st centuries. Objects

on display for the first time will be shown

alongside renowned masterworks and

the latest in Indian contemporary design.

The skills and variety evident in this rich

tradition will surprise and inform even

those with prior knowledge of the sub-







, October 3 through

January 10.



Pearls on a String:

Art and Biography

in the Islamic World

presents the arts of

Islamic cultures from the points of view of

authors and artists from historical Muslim

societies, offering an alternative to imper-

sonal presentations of Islamic art. Instead,

the exhibition focuses on specific people

and relationships among cultural taste-

makers threaded together “as pearls on

a string,” a Persian metaphor for human

connectedness—especially among paint-

ers, calligraphers, poets and their patrons.

The exhibition highlights the exceptional

art of the Islamic manuscript and under-

scores the book’s unique ability to relate

narratives about specific people. Through

a series of vignettes, the visitor is intro-

duced to the art inextricably linked to the

men and women who shaped the Islamic

past and contribute to its future. Walters

Art Museum,


, November 8

through January 31.

Premiére Biennale des photogra-

phes du monde arabe.

The European

House of Photography and the Institut

du Monde Arabe unite to launch a new

artistic project, presenting a series of

exhibitions in various locations along a

pedestrian route between both places.

Spread over 700 square meters, the

exhibit showcases the works of 30 pho-

tographic artists from the Arab world.

Also participating are Western artists

who have intently focused on a region

or issue within the vast territory. The

richness and diversity of points of views

of these artists are on display, drawing

from the tradition of documentary that

serves more than just immediate report-

ing. Institut du Monde Arabe,



November 10 through January 17.

Hrozný and Hittite:

The First Hun-

dred Years

is a conference honoring the

centennial of Bed ich Hrozný’s epochal

identification of Hittite as an Indo-

European language. It brings together

specialists in cuneiform philology, Ana-

tolian and Indo-European comparative

linguistics, as well as Ancient Near

Eastern history, archeology and religion

to survey the latest scholarship in the

field and evaluate the prospects for Hit-

titology in its second century. Charles



, November 12

through November 14.

Bejeweled Treasures:

The Al Thani Col-


Spectacular objects, drawn from

a single private collection, explore the

broad themes of tradition and moder-

nity in Indian jewelry. Highlights include

Mughal jades, a rare jeweled-gold fin-

ial from the throne of Tipu Sultan (r.

1782-1799) and pieces that reveal the

dramatic changes that took place in

Indian jewelry design during the early

20th century. The exhibition exam-

ines the influence that India had on

avant-garde European jewelry made by

Cartier and other leading houses and

concludes with contemporary pieces

made by JAR and Bhagat, which are

inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal

motifs and Art Deco “Indian”designs.

Part of the




’s India Festival.



November 21 through March 28.



is a newly

unveiled sculpture by Richard Serra,

placed in a desert area. It consists of four

steel plates, varying from 14.7 to 16.7

meters tall, that the artist says symbol-

ize the connections between Qatar’s two

regions. Sixty kilometers from


Europe Imagines the East


attention to


an enchanting

decorative motif depicting imaginary

and whimsical interpretations of life in

Asia, through four tapestries from the

museum’s collection. The motifs of

chinoiserie, an 18th-century European

concept, typically reflect exotic figures

clothed in flowing robes and elaborate

headdresses, situated in fantastical land-

scape settings. A blend of factual travel

accounts, atlases, myth and fantasy,

the scenes in these pieces capture the

enthrallment of Europeans with visions

of the Near and Far East, offering a

wealth of iconographic images to study

and explore.


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