Previous exhibitions at MIA
Qajar Women: Images of Women in 19th century Iran
8 April 2015 - 11 June 2016
This exhibition showcases Qajar artwork from the MIA collection that demonstrate the centrality of women in the artistic expression of 19th-century Iran and explores how these historic innovations continue to inspire contemporary artists.
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The Hunt: Princely Pursuits in Islamic Lands
16 September 2015 - 9 January 2016
The act of hunting, rich with symbolism and pageantry, was (and in some places continues to be) an essential element in the lifestyle of rulers throughout the Islamic world. As such, images of the hunt are commonly found in Islamic art, whether in lavishly illustrated manuscripts, inlaid metalwork or colourful ceramics.
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Marvellous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art
4 March - 31 July 2015
This exhibition focuses on the real and mythical animals that feature in the legends, tales, and fables of the Islamic world.
Divided into the natural quadrants of earth, air, fire, and water, these marvellous creatures serve as the introductions and bridges for the stories in which they feature – including well-known and beloved classics like the Shahnameh, Kalila wa Dimna and 1001 Nights.
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Mughal and Safavid Albums
17 September 2014 - 14 February 2015
This exhibition displayed a selection of MIA’s miniature paintings and calligraphic compositions that were once part of Safavid and Mughal-era albums
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The Tiger's Dream: Tipu Sultan
29 September 2014 - 24 January 2015
This exhibition delved into the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the South Indian ruler, statesman, and patron. Drawn entirely from the MIA collection, and featuring many objects which have never been displayed in Qatar, the centerpiece is a group of 24 paintings showing Tipu’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780.
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Ceramics of al-Andalus
30 April - 30 August 2014
Focusing on rare and beautiful ceramics from Spain, the objects on display exemplify the blending of Muslim and Christian artistic motifs. Through the display of Andalusi ceramics, we highlight our philosophy of collecting and conserving key objects in the history of Islamic art to show why and how a museum collection is developed.
Kings & Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain
19 March - 21 June 2014
The exhibition focused heavily on chess, from its origins in India to its adoption by the Persian élite and its subsequent spread across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe following the rise of Islam. However, a significant part of Kings and Pawns examined other board games with Indian and Islamic connections such as ‘pachisi’ (ludo), and ‘gyan chaupar’ (snakes and ladders), bringing to life the spread of ideas and shared culture over the centuries.
15 January - 29 March 2014
A contemporary photographic exhibition featuring artworks by German artist Antje Hanebeck. The eleven handmade 'photogravure" prints were her photographic interpretations of the space and architecture of the iconic MIA building.'
Hajj: The Journey Through Art
9 October 2013 - 5 January 2014
This MIA-curated exhibition took visitors on a journey exploring and illuminating the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. It presented artworks from MIA and objects from Qatari collections. The exhibition examined the history of this pilgrimage through the centuries, focusing on the rituals of Hajj as depicted through art, the routes taken and the experiences of pilgrims upon their return.
Steel and Gold – Historic Swords from the MIA collection
15 May - 14 December 2013
The first entirely in-house MIA exhibition, 'Steel and Gold' displayed some of the finest examples of swords dating from the 9th to the 20th centuries, as well as swords depicted in manuscripts and historical designs. These objects were examined not just as weapons but also from historic and geographic contexts.
Curating an exhibition, from start to finish with William Greenwood - Youtube video
Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art
20 March - 20 July 2013
This MIA-curated exhibition was created in partnership with the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. It showcased twinned pairs of objects: artworks created by Afghan artists, and their inspiration -- masterpieces from the collection at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar. This resulted in a dialogue between past and present, old and new, the richness of tradition and the vibrancy of modern Afghanistan.
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