The Influence of Islamic Art in the West

The Influence of Islamic Art in the West
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Following the routes that etched out a link between East and West, rife with fascinating cultural interactions, the Islamic World had a powerful influence, for centuries, on Western art. The British Museum dedicates an exhibition to the lengthy story that, starting in the XV Century, was marked by artistic exchange, gathering objects from Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa, which testify to a centuries-old tradition of influence between East and West. Jewellery, ceramics, photos, textiles, all show how artistic exchanges influenced an extraordinary variety of visual and decorative arts. Ending the itinerary are the points of view of four artists from the Middle East and North Africa who subvert the idea of Orientalism in their work, exploring the theme of Moslem feminine identity. Often confounding the confines that divide fantasy and reality, Oriental art reached its maximum splendour in the mid-1800s, while Europeans and North Americans were looking across the ocean to absorb new culture. Organised along with the Museum of Islamic Arts in Malaysia, this exhibition includes a generous number of loans from the vast collection of Islamic and Orientalist art, along with other important objects from the collection of the British Museum.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London