In 2012, Afghan master craftsmen were given access to
some of the greatest examples of Islamic art in the world at the
Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
In response, they created a series of
extraordinary works of their own.
The result is
Ferozkoh – 18 pairs of beautiful objects, half historic
and half contemporary, that reveal how the art of the past can
inspire the future.
Leighton House Museum is the
venue for the stunning exhibition Ferozkoh: Tradition and
Continuity in Afghan Art, presented by the Museum of Islamic Art
(MIA), Doha, as part of Nour and Qatar UK
2013 Year of Culture.
Ferozkoh is the result of
a collaboration between the MIA in Doha, Qatar with students and
teachers from Turquoise Mountain
Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The unifying ambition of the exhibition is the preservation and
continuity of the traditional arts of the Islamic world – in
both themes and materials – in the present day, and the role of
education in both transmission and translation.
Ferozkoh comprises 18
pairs of objects. Half are historical objects from MIA’s
collection; the products of four great dynasties with connections
to Afghanistan: the Ghaznavids, Timurids, Mughals and Safavids. The
other half of the works were created specifically for the
exhibition by Turquoise Mountain students in response to, and in
conversation with, the historical objects.
The exhibition runs from 15
November 2013 until 23 February 2014.
Leighton House Museum is open every
day except Tuesday from 10.00 - 5.30pm.
The cost is £5.00 full price and
Free for Art Fund, ICOM and half
price for National Trust members.
The exhibition will be accompanied
by a programme of workshops and activities. All events are
free of charge. Please book by visiting our website:
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out more about our events