Building Our Collection - Safavid and Mughal Albums
An Insight into Museum Art Collecting
16 September 2014 - 21 February 2015
The exhibition explores why MIA collects Islamic art, and how the museum’s collecting and exhibition practices shape our understanding of Islamic art through artistic and cultural connections between different regions of the Islamic world. Engaging with objects through exhibitions and programmes offers a chance to learn about their stories: from their creation and historic context, to their travels and biography, and their safeguarding in MIA’s collection. The majority of featured objects have never before been on display.
Showcasing the museum's collection of miniatures and calligraphy, these objects reveal the journey of artistic refinement from the Middle East to Asia and Europe across the centuries. It allows us to understand the significance of Islamic art collecting over the course of history and how this part of MIA's collection was formed.