Past Exhibitions

Hajj Journey Through the Ages

13 December 2019 – 13 March 2020 A painting series by Reem Nazir based on historical photographs and first-hand accounts both ancient and modern. The exhibition ‘Hajj Journey Through the Ages’ explores the history of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Makkah and the performance of its rituals through archival photographs, vividly inspiring [...]
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The Story of Coffee

10th July - 15th October 2019 The exhibition aimed to explore coffee as the world’s most popular drink that has sparked a range of inspiration, opportunities, debates, and conflicts over the past 600 years. Despite its admiration, little is known that this social drink had actually been prohibited several times due to many factors. Through [...]
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Conservation: Craft or Science?

   

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Qajar Ceramic: Bridging Tradition and Modernity

23rd March -  31st December 2019. Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is proud to announce our latest exhibition entitled 'Qajar Ceramic: Bridging Tradition and Modernity'. Of all Islamic cultures, it is Persia that has received the most attention. Somewhat neglected by scholarship are ceramics of the Qajar era. The period from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century was a time of [...]
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Inspiration-Imagination-Interpretation: Mosques of Malaysia

   

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The Aesthetics of Commemoration: The Mausoleum of Imam al-Shafi’i Over 800 Years 🗓

8th of June – 1st November 2018 The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is pleased to present "The Aesthetics of Commemoration: The Mausoleum of Imam al-Shafi’i Over 800 Years", a photography exhibition running from the 8th of June to the 1st of November. The exhibition showcases a varied selection of historic and contemporary photographs of the [...]
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 Al-Tibb: Healing Traditions in Islamic Medical Manuscripts 🗓

19 March 2018 - 31 January 2019.   Medicine is a science from which one learns the states of the human body with respect to what is healthy and what is not, in order to preserve good health when it exists and restore it when it is lacking. —Ibn Sina (d.1037) Medicine in Islam carries [...]
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Islamic Bookbinding 🗓

   

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Syria, Yemen, Iraq: The Risk of Forever Being Lost 🗓

8th December - 10th May 2018 Open Space Gallery The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staged its first display on 'Syria, Yemen, Iraq: The Risk of Forever Being Lost' Photo Exhibition. The exhibition  illustrated the degree of destruction resulted from the armed conflicts taking place [...]
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Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim Women’s Style in Australia 🗓

   

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A Spiritual Journey: Islamic Culture and Heritage in Southeast Asia | Photo Exhibition 🗓

Date: 14th July until 14th October 2017 Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) has successfully organised the, “A Spiritual Journey: Islamic Culture and Heritage in Southeast Asia”. This exhibition highlighted the photographs selected from the many that were submitted to the IAMM’s first photography competition. This initiative seeks to inspire creativity among photographers as well as to document the visual appeal of […]

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The Tatars – Muslims in the Republic of Poland

Date: 11 April 2017 – 30 April 2017  Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM)  hosted “The Tatars – Muslims in the Republic of Poland” exhibition that was open to public from the 11 April 2017 until 31 April 2017. This exhibition was a collaborative effort between the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in […]

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Rhythm & Verses

 

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Almarhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah: “Unveiling the Unseen (1937 – 1971)” 🗓

 

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Ostarrichislam: Islam in Austria

Date: 13 October 2016 – 31 December 2016 The OstarrichIslam: Islam in Austria exhibition was a collaboration between the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, The Austrian Embassy in Malaysia, IRPA (Hochschulstudiengang für das Lehramt für Islamische Religion an Pflichtschulen), and Alhamra Publication from Austria. This historical documentary exhibition was inspired by the unique yet controversial history of Islam in Austria. The […]

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Capture the Spirit of Ramadan Photography Exhibition 🗓

          This was the third consecutive year of ‘Capture the Spirit of Ramadan’ exhibition held at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. This exhibition showcased the selected photos from the submissions of yearly contest of International Ramadan Photography Competition™ (IRPC), which has marked its 6th edition. Aimed to share the beauty of […]

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IAMM’s Children Library: Cultivating Creativity Through Arts & Stories

As one of the educators on Islamic arts in Malaysia, IAMM’s Education Department is committed by serving the public with activities and programmes related to the learning of Islamic arts and civilisation. With that aspiration IAMM held an exhibition dedicated for Education Department as well as the Children Library. The exhibition aimed to highlight the [...]
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The Chulia in Penang Photography Exhibition 🗓

Penang, a northern state of Peninsular Malaysia was a part of the British Straits Settlement before achieving independence on the 31st of August 1957 with the formation of Malaysia. Gaining its name from the betel nut or areca tree, it has attracted small numbers of Europeans such as Armenian and other region of Malay Archipelago […]

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Dala’il al-Khayrat: Prayer Manuscripts From the 16th to 19th Centuries 🗓

 Date:  11 March 2016 – 31 December 2016   The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) IAMM  presented the “Dala’il al-Khayrat: Prayer Manuscripts From The 16th To 19th Centuries” exhibition that showcased its finest collection of one of the most important manuscripts in the Islamic World. The exhibition highlighted Dala’il al-Khayrat copies from its native land, Morocco to […]

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Khayamiya: Khedival To Contemporary – The Tentmakers of Cairo 🗓

Khayamiya, derived from the Arabic Khayam (Tent), is the Egyptian art of tent-making. It is created using a hand-appliqué technique in which fabric pieces are cut, folded and skilfully hand-sewn to canvas, producing impressive tents and wall hangings. These vibrant textiles are widely used in ceremonial contexts such as weddings, funerals, street parties and religious [...]
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Portrayal of Pakistan by Awais Yaqub 🗓

(26th October 2015 – 17th January 2016)

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The Holy Month of Ramadan: A Visual Celebration 🗓

8 June – 31 August 2015  

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Symbols of Power & Beauty: The Collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia 🗓

20 April – 20 September 2015  

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Tradition, Culture and Modernity: Contemporary Art from Turkey

2 December 2014 - 31 January 2015 The “Tradition, Culture and Modernity: Contemporary Art from Turkey” exhibition showcase some of the best pieces of artworks selected from the collection of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. Curated by Prof Mümtaz Sağlam, an academician and art critic from Turkey, this exhibition primarily highlights the [...]
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The Path of Knowledge: IAMM Scholar’s Library

24 October 2014 - 12 January 2015  The Scholar’s Library at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia specializes in the fields of art, architecture, culture, science and history as well as in the civilizations of the Islamic world. The library serves the academic communities, researchers and the museum staff. It hosts over 16,000 volumes and is [...]
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The Message & the Monsoon

5 July 2005 – 5 October 2005 “The Message” is the Word of Allah: “the Monsoon” is what brought the Word to Southeast Asia. Over the past 6000 years, Islam has transformed the Malay world. The Message & The Monsoon reveals the majesty of Islam’s most easterly frontier. Southeast Asia was part of the most [...]
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Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals

31 July 2010 - 30 December 2010  This is the most lavish display of historic jewellery ever seen in Malaysia. The pieces in this exhibition exemplify the artistic sophistication and technical finesse of Indian craftsmen in the age of the Mughals, especially during the 16th to the 18th century. The Indian Subcontinent is a land [...]
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Islamic Monuments of India

1 October 2010 - 15 December 2010  Photographs by Benoy K. Behl and Abhinav Atris India has a vast, rich and varied heritage of Islamic architecture. These monuments are an invaluable part of the Subcontinent’s culture and are of particular value as they reflect artistic and cultural links with many other countries. From the 12th [...]
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Behind the Scenes: Conservation in Focus at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

10 March 2010 - 10 June 2010  The work of the IAMM Conservation Centre receives little exposure but represents a constant battle to preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of the Islamic world. In Southeast Asia, especially, conservation is a ceaseless struggle against the ravages of time and an inhospitable climate. To ensure the provision [...]
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A Common Faith: Steve McCurry’s Travels through the Muslim World

7 January 2010 - 8 April 2010 People are what motivate Steve McCurry. His religious views have seldom been recorded but the faith that has surrounded him on his journeys is Islam. McCurry rarely gets close to the outwardly religious lives of Muslims. What we see is the less formalised expressions of devotion: a man [...]
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En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries

23 October 2009 - 22 January 2010  In preparation for the Hajj month, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia focuses on this highly significant event in the exhibition ‘En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries’. Nothing embodies the universal nature of Islam better than Hajj. Pilgrims converge from every corner of the earth, accompanied by [...]
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Mosques in Germany

10 July 2009 - 9 September 2009 The exhibition shows German mosques in their urban context, their interiors, the atmosphere at Friday prayers, imams, children, women and men. For his photographs, taken in March and April 2008, Wilfried Dechau visited a mosque a week for eight weeks. These were as different as possible, as representative [...]
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A Decade of Dedication at The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

9 May 2009 - 9 August 2009  This exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Since it was founded, the collection has grown enormously. The museum itself has also gone through a transformation. ‘A Decade of Dedication’ takes visitors behind the scenes to explore exhibitions, galleries and display concepts, as well [...]
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The Art of Integration: Islam in Britain

20 January 2009 - 19 June 2009  The Art of Integration: Islam in Britain shows the talent of the photographer as well as the diversity of the society that he is portraying. Peter Sanders has emerged as one of the most skilful photographers in Britain today. His focus has been Muslims from all over the [...]
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Divine Inspiration: Seven Principles of Islamic Architecture

27 Nov 2008 - 28 Feb 2009.  Divine Inspiration; Seven Principles of Islamic Architecture is an exhibition that aims to illustrate the intrinsic relationship between Muslims, their beliefs and how these manifest themselves in everyday architecture. Islam embodies a way of life and serves as a cohesive force amongst ethnically and culturally diverse peoples. There [...]
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Beyond Orientalism: How the West was Won over by Islamic Art

25 Jul 2008 - 25 Nov 2008 The exhibition “Beyond Orientalism: How the West was won over by Islamic Art” looks further than Orientalist art. Instead of being about how European and American artists depicted the Islamic world, it shows how the Islamic world changed aesthetics in the West. This is most visible in the [...]
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Faith & Power: Women in Islam

04 Apr 2008 - 04 Jul 2008 Muslim women have occupied positions of power for as long as Islam has existed. This ranges from the trading might of the Prophet Muhammad’s first wife, Khatija, to the more formal position of the 12th century Yemeni ruler, Malika Arwa. The Qur’an alludes to women of power from [...]
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Merdeka 50: A Celebration of Malaysian Art

02 Aug 2007 - 16 Sep 2007 Perdana Leadership Foundation & Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia present Merdeka 50: A Celebration of Malaysia Art in commemoration of Malaysia’s 50th year of independence. Visual art in Malaysia received recognition from the establishment following independence. The National Art Gallery was established one year later, in 1958, with the [...]
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Neither East Nor West – The Lafayette Collection: Asia in the Age of Monochrome

05 Apr 2007 - 30 Aug 2007 The exhibition explores the fascinating world of photography of the Lafayette Studio, London in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From the extensive Lafayette photo collection of Victoria & Albert Museum, IAMM will feature 45 photographs of Asian rulers as well as other influential figures from this [...]
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Spice Journeys : Taste and Trade in the Islamic World

18 Jan 2007 - 24 Jun 2007  The story of the spice trade is closely linked to the global spread of Islam. Spice traders, the most prominent of whom were from the Middle East, travelled far and wide in search of trading activity. Their search had a notable impact on the course of world history [...]
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Al-Qur’an: The Sacred Art of Revelation

 

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Equilibrium by Riccardo Natali

22 August 2006 – 21 September 2006 The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia brings forth a new exhibition of balance, harmony and opposites through the use of fantastic colours and materials by abstract material painter Riccardo Natali. In his own words: Equilibrium The exhibition is called Equilibrium because my work is based on the quest for [...]
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Abrbandi : Ikats of Central Asia

01 Apr 2006 - 25 Jul 2006 Silk Ikats are among the most vibrant textiles of Central Asia. Part of the weaving tradition known in Persian as ‘abrbandi’, they are stunning to look at as they are challenging to make. When compared with the delicate ikatsof Southeast Asia, these Central Asian cousins are an explosion [...]
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Road to Medina

 

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Ruang by Syed Ahmad Jamal

19 September 2004 – 19 October 2004 The exhibition ‘Ruang’ is a celebration of the latest artworks of Malaysia’s Seniman Negara, Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal, and a tribute to over four decades of his inspirational contribution to our national heritage. Since the birth of Malaysia as an independent nation in 1957, Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal [...]
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Al-Kalima

7 January – 7 April 2004 'Al-Kalima' ventures beyond the utmost beauty and grace of the Arabic calligraphy to the depths of meanings and symbolism inherited within the calligraphic inscriptions on objects of art. Throughout Islamic culture and tradition, manuscripts, metal work, pottery, jewellery, textiles and architecture embrace the calligraphy into its decorative repertoire. Phrases [...]
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Mightier than the Sword

 

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Cultural Treasures: Textiles of the Malay World

11 February 2003 – 11 May 2003 The exhibition is an introduction into the lives and culture of the Malays, the race of people inhabiting the Malay world, which consists of the Malay Peninsula and portions of adjacent islands of Southeast Asia, including the east coast of Sumatra, the coast of Borneo, and smaller islands [...]
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The Glorious Swords: The Prophets and His companions

 

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Islamic Arts of India

30 March – 30 June 2002 The Mughal Empire was one of the greatest dynasties of India, spanning over three hundred years from 1526AD to 1877AD. The Mughals were Muslims and they exposed their many subjects to Islamic values and culture. Nevertheless the Mughals were not the first Muslim rulers in India; Qutb al-Din Aibak [...]
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The Art of Living: Residential Architecture of the Islamic World

 

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Six Centuries of Islamic Art in China

28 July – 28 October 2001 The exhibition “Six Centuries of Islamic Art in China” offers a glimpse into the long history of the development of Islam in the Far East and introduces the ten ethnic Muslims minorities of China and material aspects of their culture. The introduction of Islam in China occurred as early [...]
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Sacred Art of Marriage: Persian Marriage Certificates of the Qajar Dynasty

 

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Dress for the Body, Body for the Dress

29 June – 30 September 2000 The exhibition Dress for the Body, Body for the Dress, curated by Roberta Orsi Landini, under the direction of Kirsten Aschengreen Piacenti, makes a comparison between the evolution of the European and Islamic dress. It presents 130 costumes, on display for the first time, that include male and female [...]
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Nur Al-Quran : The Light of the Quran

23 Nov 1999 - 31 Mar 2000 The Nur Al-Quran exhibition showcases the beauty of calligraphy of the Quran and Islamic manuscripts from across the word. The museum also runs calligraphy classes on Saturday afternoons for adults and Sunday mornings for children. Exhibition details: Al-Quran has been the source of knowledge to man. Al-Quran is [...]
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Past exhibitions in Year 2011 to 2014

02 Dec 2014 to 31 Jan 2015 – Tradition, Culture and Modernity: Contemporary Art from Turkey 24 Oct 2014 to 12 Jan 2015 – The Path of Knowledge: IAMM Scholar’s Library 03 October 2014 – 31 December 2014 – Al-Qur’an: The Sacred Art of Revelation 16 Jun 2014 To 16 Sep 2014 – Az-Zakah: Spirit, Realisation And Obligation […]

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Past exhibitions in Year 2006 to 2010

31 Jul 2010 to 30 Dec 2010 – Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals 01 Oct 2010 to 15 Dec 2010 – Islamic Monuments of India 10 Mar 2010 to 10 Jun 2010 – Behind the Scenes: Conservation in Focus at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia 07 […]

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Past exhibitions in Year 2000 to 2005

05 Dec 2005 to 05 Mar 2006 – Rhythm & Verses 05 Jul 2005 to 05 Oct 2005 – The Message & The Monsoon 21 Apr 2005 to 21 Jul 2005 – Road to Madina 19 Sep 2004 to 19 Oct 2004 – Ruang – Syed Ahmad Jamal – 75 11 Jan 2004 to 11 […]

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“Honour, Kalbhi” : Muslim Communities in Venezuela 🗓

Photography Exhibition 15 APRIL –  31 MAY 2015

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Masjid Negara: 50 Years National Mosque Exhibition 🗓

A pictorial exhibition of Masjid Negara (the National Mosque), showcasing the efforts of many persons and companies who were instrumental in the realisation of its construction.  Its timeless design, historical milestones and key events with important visitors, both local and international, are captured in this auspicious exhibition. These events are celebrated in this compilation of [...]
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Al-Qur’an: The Sacred Art of Revelation

 

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Boundless Plains: The Australian Muslim Connection

03 March 2014 – 15 May 2014 The Boundless Plains: the Australian Muslim Connection is an exhibition partnership between the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) and the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA). It takes the audience on a photographic adventure through the Australian landscape to visit Muslim experiences from the past and the present. In [...]
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Az-Zakah: Spirit, Realisation And Obligation [Achievement Of Lembaga Zakat Selangor (MAIS)

16 June 2014 - 16 September 2014  Zakat is one of the obligations in Islam and the most important pillar after shahadah (proclamation of faith) and solat (five daily prayers). Its obligation is written in the Qur’an and the Prophetic Hadith. In Islamic jurisprudence, zakat refers to the portion of wealth that Allah (SWT) has [...]
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“Capture the Spirit of Ramadan” International Photography Competition (IRPC)

16 June 2014 - 16 September 2014 The “Capture the Spirit of Ramadan” International Photography Competition™ (IRPC) is a unique and unprecedented 30-day visual celebration of the holy month that aims to educate and enlighten millions of viewers around the world through the art of photography. Currently in its 4th year, the initiative offers an [...]
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Nun Wa Al Qalam: Contemporary Muslim Calligraphy

10 December 2013 - 10 May 2014 Contemporary Muslim Calligraphy or the art of beautiful writing inspires the world today as it did for 1400 years. Calligraphy unified the Arts of Islam from around the world, and contributed to the splendour of its cultural heritage. Certainly the Holy Qur’an was the main inspiration for the [...]
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Al Hajj: The Malaysian Experience

20 August 2013 - 20 November 2013 For centuries, Hajj experience overwhelmed Muslims. Muslims around the globe, regardless of their background and race, aim to fulfill the fifth pillar of Islam, and to be able to be present in Makkah during specific days to perform particular rituals of Hajj based on those conducted by the [...]
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Tradition & Continuity: Woven & Decorated Textiles Of The Malay Peninsula

01 March 2013 - 30 June 2013 This exhibition, launched by Y Bhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on 1st March 2013, showcases more than 50 Malay textiles from the IAMM collection. The exhibition is also dedicated in memory of Malaysian cultural icon and advocate, Allahyarhamah Azah Aziz, whose passion has drawn attention to the beauty [...]
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Lasting Impressions: Seals from The Islamic World

27 SEPTEMBER 2012 - 27 JANUARY 2013 Islamic seals were the name cards of their day. In early Islamic societies a seal presented the image a person wished to project to the world, yet often conveyed much more than was written or perhaps intended. A seal inscribed simply with the name of the owner and [...]
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Formation Of A Nation: A Photographic Flashback

29 AUGUST 2012 - 27 JANUARY 2013 In conjunction with 55th Merdeka and 49th Malaysia Day celebrations, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and the National Archives of Malaysia proudly present a photography exhibition and catalogue featuring 75 black and white photos. These photos highlight the history of Malaysia’s formation and exemplify the symbolism contained in [...]
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Ann Dunham’s Legacy: a Collection of Indonesian Batiks

8 June 2012 - 20 July 2012  The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) and the Embassy of the United States in Kuala Lumpur are pleased to present – “Ann Dunham’s Legacy: A Collection of Indonesian Batiks,” an exhibition that will showcase 20 batiks from the private collection of Ann Dunham, President Obama’s mother. The launch [...]
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Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts

30 March 2012 - 29 June 2012  “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic World” is a travelling exhibition featuring 100 selected artefacts from the Aga Khan Museum collection. It has toured renowned museums in key European cities and was last seen at the prestigious State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. The [...]
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Australia’s Muslim Cameleers Pioneers of the inland, 1860s – 1930s

21 October 2011 - 21 January 2012 Nearly 150 years ago, Australia gained a small Muslim population when explorers and pastoralists imported camels and their skilled handlers from Afghanistan and British India. Many cameleers returned home but most stayed, establishing communities in outback towns. Some cameleers married European and aboriginal woman, raising their children in [...]
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Arts into the New Millennium

 

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Al-‘Ilm: Science and innovation in the Islamic World

25 February 2011 - 30 June 2011 Al- ‘ilm (knowledge) in Islam is guided by the Qur’an and hadith. Through the pursuit of knowledge, Muslims became renowned innovators. Most of these individuals were able to innovate after studying the theories of classical antiquity or through the experience of their own lives. Science and innovation flourished [...]
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