Exhibitions from
The al-Sabah Collection. Kuwait

al-Fann: Art from Islamic Civilization

Beautifully described by Professor Giovanni Curatola of Udine University, the curator of al-Fann, “this exhibition has the ambitious purpose of giving a proper response to the growing interest in the rich culture of Islamic civilization. It will give this culture the balanced representation of the scholar, suffused with the passion of the art-lover”. With more than 350 outstanding objects from The al-Sabah Collection, the exhibition presents different materials including ivory, glass, stucco, pottery, metal works, manuscripts, woodwork, textile and carpets. Catalogue in Arabic, English, German & Italian.

Venues:

Amricani Cultural Centre, Kuwait

(20 October 2019 – ongoing)

Mirrored Nature: Full Circle

This is the second exhibition of 63 objects from The al-Sabah Collection curated and executed by children between the ages of 6 and 12. The participants are given complete access to objects in the collection and are responsible for defining the theme of the exhibition, selecting the objects, creating the supporting materials, and directing the installation of the objects. Mirrored Nature marries art and science, as understood by young people, to present an exhibition that is both engaging and thought provoking.

Venues:

Amricani Cultural Centre, Kuwait

2 April 2019 – ongoing

Modern Architecture Kuwait 1949 – 1989 (MAK)

MAK exhibitions covers 150 projects that were designed, constructed or commissioned during the designated period. The project was organized and executed by three architects, Roberto Fabri, Ricardo Camacho and Sarah Saragoça Soares. The second volume of MAK, Essays, and Arguments & Interviews on Modern Architecture Kuwait, was launched at ACC, along with a 3-day conference developed to expand the knowledge regarding the significance and function of several buildings in Kuwait, along with the role of the individual and corporate entities involved.

Venues:

Yarmouk Cultural Centre  (April 2016 – November 2017)

Amricani Cultural Centre  (8 December 2017 – ongoing)

Long Ago Zoo: Animals in The al-Sabah Collection

An exciting experiment in combining museum-based children’s programmes with exhibition planning and execution. Rather than ask children want they wanted to see in a museum, we asked them to create an exhibition they would want to see in a museum. Seven months later, Long Ago Zoo was the result, with 115 pieces from the collection.

Venues:

Amricani Cultural Centre, Kuwait

(21 October 2014 – 21 October 2015)

Splendors of the Ancient East: Antiquities from The al-Sabah Collection

“Splendors” is truly the right word for this exhibition of 188 objects from the early Bronze Age through Late Antiquity. The exhibition features exquisite pieces from each age and geographical location in what would become the Islamic world. As presented, visitors are able to immerse themselves in ancient Mesopotamia, under explored Elam, Hellenism beyond the borders of Greece, and much, much more. The exhibition provides a glimpse of the influences on and evolution of art from the 4th millennium BCE to the 8th century CE. There is a catalogue in Arabic and English.

Venues:

Amricani Cultural Centre, Kuwait

(1 April 2013 – 1 April 2016)  

Al-Dhikr al-Maknun / Verses from the Holy Qur’an on Works of Art

Celebrates art related to the Holy Qur’an. Through a series of 52 objects,
presented in chronological order starting in the 1st century AH/7th century CE, visitors have the opportunity to explore the many ways Qur’anic verses have been incorporated in very special works of art.
Qur’an folios, from a simple early 2nd century AH/8th century CE parchment folio in Hijazi script from the Arabian Peninsula to an elegant 9th century AH/15th century CE from China to a beautiful Deccan glazed cotton scroll inscribed with the Qur’an from the same period, pages from the Qur’an dominate the exhibition. Also included is an inscribed emerald and objects in ceramic, wood and metal.

Venues:

Amricani Cultural Centre, Kuwait

1 April 2013 – 31 August 2014

Treasury of the World: the Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals

Considered one of the most comprehensive and richest collections of Indian jewelled arts in the world, Treasury was inaugurated at British Museum, London on 16th May 2001. It then moved to the USA where it was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Fine Arts Museum, Houston, Texas and St. Louis Museum of Art, Missouri. Moving to the Royal Palace in Madrid, Treasury was opened by the King and Queen of Spain, and is currently on exhibit at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Treasury of the World will close its European tour at the Louvre, Paris in the summer of 2006. The catalogue accompanying this exhibition contains photographs and descriptions of all 395 pieces, identifying each object by catalogue number and The Collection’s registration number; detailing the materials, techniques, measurements and regional and temporal attribution; recording the source and date of its acquisition by The Collection; and listing any previous publication history. Catalogue in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian & Spanish

Venues:

Amricani Cultural Centre, Kuwait

 25 February 2011 – 2 June 2013

The Story of Amricani

This multi-media exhibition tells the story of healthcare in Kuwait, from the arrival of the first western doctors in the early 20th century to Kuwait’s funding of health-related projects in under-developed countries today.

Venues:

Amricani Cultural Centre, Kuwait

25 February 2011 – Permanent   

Temples and Kings in the First Millennium

Venues:

16 May – 15 June 2004

Venue: Kuwait University, Kuwait

Flowers from the Ashes

In honour of President George Bush’s visit to Kuwait 157 objects including calligraphy, ceramics, glass, hardstones, ivory, jewellery, metal, manuscripts, rugs, textiles, wood.

Venues:

Kuwait National Museum

14 April – 31 May 1993

Variety in Unity

Organised on the occasion of the Fifth Islamic Summit
169 objects including calligraphy, ceramics, glass, hardstone, jewellery, leather, manuscripts, metal, numismatics and stone. A catalogue was published in Arabic and English.

Venues:

Bayan Palace, Kuwait

26 January – 8 February 1987

Science in Islam

On the occasion of the Fifth Summit Conference of the Gulf Cooperation Council
72 objects of metal, manuscripts and wood.

Venues:

Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait

27 November – 31 December 1984

Islamic Art in the Kuwait National Museum

Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at the KNM – loans from The al-Sabah Collection to the national museum. A catalogue was published in Arabic and English.

Venues:

Kuwait National Museum

February 1983 – 2 August 1990