No god but God: Art of Islam
Aug 24 - Oct 31Free
This is the first comprehensive survey of Islam’s extraordinary artistic heritage, spanning a period from the medieval ‘golden age’ of Islam until the contemporary era.
The exhibition features gold illuminated manuscripts, stone and wood carving, metalwork, ceramics and textiles, produced over a vast geographical region stretching from Morocco to Indonesia.
Intricate abstract geometric and floral patterns for which Islamic art is justly celebrated as well as figurative paintings, including a rare portrait of the Prophet Muhammad riding the magical buraq steed, feature in this display.
India, Portrait of the Prophet Muhammad riding the Buraq, 1820‑30, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, or Dehli, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, 17.7 x 10.9 x 6.6 cm; Gift of Barrie and Judith Heaven 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.