Museum of Islamic Art Doha, Qatar Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 Dec 2008
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In essence, the book justly celebrates the remarkable building that has captured the very spirit of Islamic architecture, as well as its desert location, with a throughly modern interpretation. --The Middle East, June 2009
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The book rightly celebrates - brilliantly - the triumph of the architectural and artistic vision of the project. Every coffee table should have one - and it will be read avidly by all those who care about art, design, culture - and pure class.
The book opens the amazing world of architecture, shows you around in the museum and also presents the
most beautiful art you have ever seen.
The design of Pei is beyond words; its one of the most beautiful museums I have ever seen.
And the art shown in these surroundings will endear islamic art to you forever.
In our collective consciousness the Medici, the rulers of Florence in the 15th and 16th centuries, are synonymous with patrons of art;their wealth amassed from their merchant and banking activities.
The ruling families of the tiny Arab emirates in the Gulf having accumulated more than a trillion dollars as a result of oil prices aspire to become the contemporary Medici.
The latest manifestation of this quest is Qatar's Museum of Islamic Art, unveiled in November 2008.
The museum was designed by the distinguished, Chinese-born architect I.M.Pei whose works include such landmarks as the Louvre pyramid and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
The simple, stone-faced structure occupies an artificial island facing the palm-fringed corniche of the Qatar's capital, Doha.
The book is organized in three unities namely The Architecture, The Collection and the Exhibition Design.
The emphasis of the book is correctly placed on the visual impact with spectacular photographs of the exterior of the museum, the surrounding landscape, the interior of the building, the collection and the 'theatrical', in the positive connotation of the word sense, exhibition design. The text is appropriately spare but very insightful for in a substantial part relates to interviews with the architect and thus we obtain a glimpse of his vision on the project and also with the French interior designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who worked with the architect previously on the Louvre and again in Doha, principally in the exhibition gallery, bookshop and offices.Read more ›
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