Ink, Silk and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, features approximately 100 great works of Islamic art from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Never before presented in a dedicated exhibition, this collection covers virtually all aspects of Islamic art in almost all media, ranging from the eighth to the twenty-first century and from Spain to Indonesia. Through silver inlaid metalwork, Qur’an pages inscribed with gold, brocaded velvets, luster-painted ceramics and more, it offers a window into many different facets of the dynamic and complex artistic traditions of the Islamic world. More than 130 years after the MFA began collecting Islamic art, the objects presented in Ink, Silk and Gold are being comprehensively studied, restored and presented to the public for the first time.
The exhibition, which is accompanied by a catalogue, is arranged chronologically and regionally to introduce viewers to the rich world of Islamic art. Within this framework the exhibition emphasizes the material aspects of the objects, proceeding from the notion that meaning in Islamic art is rooted in the substance of an object – its color, shape and texture. Drawing upon the results of state-of-the-art scientific analyses and conservation treatments currently in progress at the MFA, the exhibition encourages visitors to explore the unique and expressive material presence of Islamic art.
This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Support for this exhibition was provided in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Arthur F. and Ulla R. Searing Endowment, and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Endowment.
Image: Tile Lunette, about 1573, Turkey (Iznik), Fritware with polychrome decoration under transparent glaze, 70.1 x 141.5cm (27 5/8 x 55 11/16in.), Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer, 06.2437. Photograph © 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston