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‘Beauty & Identity’ Islamic Collection Gallery

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture   |   Country: Saudi Arabia   |   Year: 2018

Beauty and Identity: Islamic Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art comprises over 150 key works from LACMA’s collections and includes works of art from an area extending from southern Spain to northern India, ranging in date from the seventh century to the modern era. The objects include brilliantly glazed pottery, enameled and gilded glass, inlaid metalwork, carved ornamental stone and wood, sumptuous woven textiles, and vividly illuminated and superbly written manuscripts and single pages. A never-before shown 18th-century period room from Damascus is also on view, featuring original brightly painted polychrome wood surfaces. 

Unique digital interactives are included in the gallery, supplementing the physical display of objects. Serving additional layers of information, these interactives make key objects from the collection more accessible to diverse audiences.


This exhibition was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

Sectional Elevation

Exhibition Floorplan

Sectional Elevations

Detail design for exhibition cases

Exhibition photographs kindly supplied by Idries Trevathan.

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