Join Christie's Education in an exploration of the diversity and influence of Islamic Art from its origins in the 7th Century to the present day. This week-long programme transports us across the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa and will lead participants through various topics including the art of calligraphy, architecture, exquisite luxury objects, textiles and carpets as well the history of trade and collecting in this field.
Each day will offer a lecture by academics and Christie’s art specialists on the development of modern and contemporary art in the different regions. These sessions will include handling sessions and insider knowledge about the Islamic Art Market and the key determinants of value for these highly desirable objects. In the afternoons, bespoke, guided excursions will allow participants to view some of London’s best Islamic art collections in museums and galleries.
Monday 17 July 9.00 - 10.30 - The History of Collecting Islamic Art: William Robinson 10.45 -12.15 - Hijaz: Early Islamic Calligraphy: Umberto Bongianino 12.30 - 13.30 - Lunch 13.45 - 15.00 - The Art of the Hajj: Qaisra Kahn 15.15 -16.30 - Modern and Contemporary Egyptian Art: Amina Dabib 16:30 - Taxis to Leighton House 17.00 - 18.30 - Leighton House Visit
Tuesday 18 July 9.00 - 10.30 - The Art of the Safavids: Luxury Trade, Art of the Book, Textiles and Magic: Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam 10.45 - 12.15 - Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art: From Saqaakhaneh to Today: Suzy Sikorski 12.30 - 13.30 - Lunch 13.30 - 15.00 - Woven History - Carpets of the Safavid Court: Louise Broadhurst 15:00 - Taxis to V&A 15.30 - 17.00 The V&A and a Curator: Led Tour by Tim Stanley
Wednesday 19 July 9.30 - Taxis to Artist Studio from Christie’s King Street 10.00 - 11.30 - Artist studio Dia Azzawi 11.30 - Taxis to Christie’s King Street 12.00 - 13.30 - Lunch 13.30 - 15.00 - The Arts of the Fatamids and Mamluks: Sara Plumbly 15.15 - 16.45 - From Cairo to Aleppo: Exploring the Photographic Archive of K.A.C. Creswell: Dr Omniya Abdel Barr 17.00 - 18.00 - Contemporary and Modern Iraqi Art: Mysa Kafil-Hussain 19.30 – Group Dinner
Thursday 20 July 9.00 - 10.30 - The Architecture of Istanbul - The Diversity and Layers at the Centre of the Empire: Dr Jochen Sokoly 10.45 - 12.15 - The Arts and Trade in the Ottoman court : Tim Stanley 12.15 - 13.45 - Lunch 13.45 - 14.45 - The Influence of Islamic Art on Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art: Francesca Leoni 15.00 - Taxis to British Museum 15.30 - 17.00 - British Museum Tour
Friday 21 July 10.00 - 11.30 - Islamic Art Influences in the Modern World: A Conversation with Alidad and Amjad Rauf 11.45 - 13.00 - Art Handling Session at Christie's Warehouse 13.00 - 14.00 - Lunch 14.00 - 15.00 - Tour of Christie's Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World Exhibition with Marie-Claire Thijssen