The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery

April 18, 2017 to April 28, 2019
| Focus I Gallery
Oil Lamp in the Form of a Fabulous Beast, Iran, 12th–13th century, bronze, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.496Ewer, Egypt, late 10th–early 11th century, Rock crystal; carved; 19th-century gold mount by Jean-Valentin Morel, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.1.a–bKhamsa of Nizami, c. 1585–90, Mughal, work on paper, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.18Bowl, Iran, 13th century, ceramic, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.718The "Homberg Ewer", Syria, 1242, brass inlaid with silver, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.82Manuscript, Turkey, c. 1605–1610, work on paper, The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, K.1.2014.575

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery is the largest public presentation in the history of one of the world's most important private collections of Islamic Art. The gallery will highlight particular strengths within the collection, which encompasses one of the most important holdings of luster pottery and rock crystals in the world including the celebrated rock crystal ewer, one of only seven in the world of its caliber and the only one of its type in the United States. The gallery space will display a series of rare manuscripts and painted miniatures of exquisite beauty, including a 16th-century Indian Khamsa of Nizami manuscript, and pages from the 1330 Shahnama known as “The Demotte Shahnama.”

The Keir Collection came to the DMA on a long-term loan agreement with the trustees of the Keir Collection that was finalized in 2014, transforming the Museum into the third largest repository of Islamic art in the United States.

Programs

Late Night Talk: Highlights from the Keir Collection

Friday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.

Explore the most recent installation of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art with the DMA's Senior Advisor for Islamic Art, Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir. Al Khemir will discuss just a few of the 150 objects on view and what they tell us about the rich history of Islamic art. 

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Boshell Lecture: Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World

Friday, November 17, 9:00 p.m.

Travel through centuries of history with Thomas F. Madden, author of Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World. Interwoven with vivid portraits of people and places, Madden's book traces the long, complicated story of one of the world's oldest and most splendid cities. As we celebrate the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, enjoy a brief history of this ancient metropolis where many objects from the collection were produced. 

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Gallery Talks

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.

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