Art of the Islamic World at Leighton House

Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art at Leighton House Museum © Leighton House Museum

Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art at Leighton House Museum

A new exhibition focussing on the preservation of the traditional arts of the Islamic world makes its London debut at Leighton House Museum.

Titled Ferozkoh, or Turquoise Mountain, the exhibition comprises 18 pairs of objects. Half are historical artefacts, the other half are modern works made in response to these artefacts. Exhibits include a 15th century CE Iranian fritware bowl with striking polychrome glazes and a 12th century CE Afghan moulded glass plaque depicting a figure on horseback.

A process of dialogue

To develop the exhibition, leading craftspeople from Kabul were invited to
Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to handle pieces from its unique collection. This visit resulted in a dialogue between past and present, as the craftspeople made new works in response to their selected artefacts. The resulting exhibition reflects the richness of tradition and the vibrancy of modern Afghanistan.

An inspiring collaboration

Several organisations have come together to make this exhibition possible; including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, students and teachers from the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture, in Kabul and Quatar UK. The latter is a year-long cultural exchange programme between the United Kingdom and the State of Qatar.

The Ferozkoh exhibition is part of the the Nour Festival of Arts and Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. With the Nour Festival taking place at venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 1 October – 30 November 2013.

  • Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art
  • 15 November 2013 until 23 February 2014
  • Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ
  • Open daily except Tuesdays, 10am - 5.30pm.

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