Museu de Arte Islâmica – Malásia
Interest in Islamic art has grown enormously in recent years. Reflecting this awareness, in December 1998 Malaysia became home to Southeast Asia’s largest museum of Islamic art. The building occupies 30,000 square metres, situated amid the leafy surroundings of central Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens.
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia houses more than seven thousand artefacts, as well has an exceptional library of Islamic-art books. The art objects on display range from the tiniest pieces of jewellery to one of the world’s largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The aim is to create a collection that is truly representative of the Islamic world. Instead of concentrating on works from the heartlands of Persia and the Middle East, IAMM also puts the emphasis on Asia. China and Southeast Asia are especially well represented. The third component of the Malaysian melting pot is India, which is also given special status. India, China and the Malay world are in an exceptional category. Other parts of the collection are displayed according to type rather than geographical origins in the museum’s 12 galleries.
|Others (11 August 2010 – 12 September 2010) :
Museum Opening Hours for Ramadhan & Hari Raya Public Holiday
|Exhibition (31 July 2010 – 30 December 2010) :
Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
|Exhibition (10 March 2010 – 10 June 2010) :
Behind the Scenes: Conservation in Focus at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
|Exhibition (7 January 2010 – 8 April 2010) :
A Common Faith: Steve McCurry’s Travels through the Muslim World
|Exhibition (23 October 2009 – 22 January 2010) :
En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries
The permanent galleries are categorised by artefact material or field of study. Located on level 3 of the IAMM are some exceptions, the India Gallery, China Gallery and Malay World Gallery. These three galleries serve as representations of the diversity of Islamic peoples and the multi-cultural heritage of Malaysia. Also located on level 3 are the Architecture Gallery, the Qurans & Manuscripts Gallery and the Ottoman Room – a reconstructed interior of an Ottoman Syrian room dated 1820 – 1821 AD, sponsored by the Standard Chartered bank.
On level 4, the Ceramics & Glass Gallery, Metalwork Gallery, Woodwork Gallery, Arms & Armour Gallery, Jewellery Gallery, and Textiles Gallery; exhibits collections displayed thematically, according to chronology, region or technique of production.