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A British Museum touring exhibition, in association with the Altajir world of Islam Trust and Special Collections, the University of Melbourne.
This exhibition, drawn largely from the magnificent collection of the British Museum, includes a wide range of inscribed objects in a variety of different materials—ceramics, metalwork, paper, stone, and textiles—from the heartlands of Islam to South-East Asia. Included are 113 objects from the British Museum, and eight books from the Middle Eastern Manuscripts Collection, Special Collections, the University of Melbourne.
Arabic is both a language and a script. It is the language in which the holy book of Islam, the Qur’an, was revealed and subsequently written down. The Arabic script has a unique significance in the Arab and Islamic world. The objects on display tell the story of the origins and development of this remarkable script, while at the same time offering a perspective on the breadth and diversity of the religion and culture of Islam.
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014