Monday, 17 August 2009

The Holy Quran exhibition features manuscripts from the 3rd century AH

Featuring rare and important Quranic manuscripts from the 3rd to the 13th century AH, the exhibition offers visitors a unique insight into the art of copying the Holy Book through the history of Islam.

Emilie Faure, Collection and Exhibitions Manager of The Farjam Collection, comments “Quranic manuscripts and the art forms with which the word of God was recorded played a crucial role in the history of Islamic arts. Talented calligraphers and craftsmen, including papermakers, bookbinders and illuminators expressed their artistic virtuosity and devotion by producing Qurans of the highest quality.”

The Qurans on display include leaves in Kufic script on parchment, a scroll containing the entire Quran, as well as a line for the Baysunqur Quran dating back to the 9th AH. Related items such as a prayer rug, a book holder, and pieces from the Kaaba curtain will also be on view.

Emilie Faure, continues “we will also be offering a variety of educational materials and programmes to allow for a wide range of audiences to engage with the arts of calligraphy and illumination. A guided tour of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, 2 September from 1:00 – 1:30pm as part of our usual First Wednesdays series. Our school programmes, specifically designed for children, will launch on October 19 from 10:00am – 12pm. We are very excited about the opportunity to share these important Qurans with the community.”

The Farjam Collection is open: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 8pm; Saturday 12pm to 8pm.

All exhibitions and programmes are free and open to the public.

The Farjam Collection
The Farjam Collection is one of the finest privately-owned Islamic art collections in the world today. Spanning almost the entire history of Islam, it brings together items produced throughout the vast region between Andalusia and Mughal India. Its treasures include Quranic manuscripts, miniatures and illustrated books on science, mathematics and poetry, as well as finely-decorated metalwork, lacquer, glasswork, tiles, glazed pottery, woodwork, textiles, coins, jewellery, carpets and art from the 13th century AH.

Illustrative of Farhad Farjam’s interests wide ranging affinities and tastes, the collection also includes works by major masters such as Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Braque, Renoir, Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Giacometti, as well as modern and contemporary artists including Warhol, Basquiat, de Kooning, Calder, Moshiri, Ehsai, Tanavoli, Al Rais, and Moustafa.

The Farjam Collection @ DIFC
The Farjam Collection @ DIFC showcases a rotating series of exhibitions drawn from the Farjam Collection. A programme of educational events free and open to the public offers audiences the opportunity to learn more about the works on view and the context in which these were produced.
Please visit for updates on events at The Farjam Collection @ DIFC.
The Farjam Collection @ DIFC is generously supported by the Hafiz Foundation.

The Hafiz Foundation
The Hafiz Foundation was founded in 2008 to support outstanding initiatives within the visual arts, with a special emphasis on the greater Middle East. With the city of Dubai as its base, the Foundation aims to become a centre for production, preservation, and promotion of the arts at large. At the heart of the Foundation’s goals is the development of educational opportunities for young Middle Eastern artists, students, scholars, curators, and art enthusiasts. As a partner to both local and international cultural initiatives, the Foundation’s recent activities include having supported the founding of the award-winning Middle Eastern arts magazine Bidoun, support for local arts education programs, as well as the organization of a series of exhibitions displaying selected works from The Farjam Collection.

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