Sneak peek: The Met's new Arab galleries

0

Comments

Add +
  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's newest—and most elaborately titled wing—opens as  the "New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia." Museum staff say the eight-year project was part of a master plan, however it's hard not to note the timeliness of the opening—months after the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and tensions in many of the same Arabic lands roiling. The organized exhibit shows off 1,200 objects (from an collection of about 12,000 pieces coming from areas as far as Southern Spain and India). Included is the 16th-century Emperor's Carpet, which had to undergo a lengthy restoration of its own before it could be exhibited, and an 18th-century reception room that was originally part of an upper-class home in Damascus. For a glimpse of some of the objects that will be on view starting November 1, check out our slide show.

Users say

0 comments