Traveling exhibition in Berlin sheds new light on Islamic art

This summer Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall will be hosting his Royal Highness Aga Khan IV private collection of Islamic art. According to Luis Monreal, director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, each piece was chosen “to present some of the fundaments of Islam: the value of the written word, the Quran, and the importance of the pilgrimage to Mecca” as well as presenting to the western public “the pluralism of the Islamic cultures”.
As a result of recent conflicts the West’s view and depiction of Islam is one often based on fear. Fittingly its within the art arena that bridges of understanding are built. Hopefully exhibits such as this will spark further positive interests and conversations.
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