Islamic Arts Museum in Malaysia

Containing one of the best collections of Islamic decorative arts in the world is Kuala Lumpur’s outstanding Islamic Arts Museum.

Aside from the quality of the exhibits, which include fabulous textiles, carpets, jewellery, calligraphy-inscribed pottery and an amazing reconstruction of an ornate Ottoman room, the building itself is a stunner, with beautifully decorated domes and glazed tilework.

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One show you should catch from April 14 to May 31 is the photography exhibition ‘Honour, Kalbhi: Muslim Communities in Venezuela‘. This exhibition will feature the collection by Laila Chemekh Saab, a renowned Syrian-Venezuelan photographer. Her photographs display a subtlety beauty of people from the Muslim communities living in Venezuela. Venezuela, consist of approximately 28 million people and rich with historical culture shaped by various influences. Thus, the exhibition brings, perhaps, the Muslims’ religious rituals and traditions in Venezuela to viewers from Malaysia and South East Asia.

Laila Saab was born in Cabimas, Venezuela and graduated from Latin America’s most established photography school; Julio Vengoechea Photography School. One of her first and most recognized professional project was entitled Honor Kalbi (heart), where she explore the subtle world of Venezuelan Muslim women. This collection has been exhibited in Germany (2008), Qatar (2010) and Spain (2011). In 2009, she was awarded Venezuela’s National Cultural Photography Award.

About Islamic Arts Museum

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Malay: Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia) was officially opened on 12 December 1998. The museum is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s tourist belt amidst the lush greenery of Perdana Botanical Gardens and within walking distance to the National Mosque, Bird Park and National Planetarium.

The Islamic Arts Museum has 12 main galleries which is classified according to the types of artefacts spread over level 3 and 4. Level 3 of the museum hosts the Quran and Manuscripts Gallery, the Islamic Architecture Gallery, the India Gallery, the Chinese Gallery, the Ancient Malay World Gallery as well as the reconstructed Ottoman Syrian Room dating back to the 19th Century. Visitors can also proceed upstairs to Level 4 which hosts an display of jewellery, textile, arms and armour, ceramics as well as ancient Islamic glass ware.

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