Paris: The Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre Museum in Paris will organize exhibitions highlighting Islamic arts in 18 French cities under the title "Arts of Islam...Past for the Present".
Over 180 historical and contemporary Islamic artworks will be displayed in the exhibitions depicting the presence of Islamic culture in French history for more than 1,300 years.
Among the exhibits is a lantern from a mosque in Jerusalem, dating back to the 11th century, and a chandelier from the era of Salah Al Din Al Ayyubi by an artist from Mosul, Iraq.
The exhibitions scheduled to be held on 20 November 2021 to 27 March 2022 also display works by contemporary Muslim artists, highlighting their relationship to the Islamic heritage.
The initiative, organized by the Louvre, aims to raise public awareness about the great diversity of geographical and populated areas concerned with Islam.
It is also concerned with cultural mediation by designing many educational tools, publishing a 15-page introductory book on the exhibitions, as well as holding conferences, organizing lectures and live performances.
The French Ministry of Education will contribute to organizing exhibitions in order to bring students and their teachers, and introduce a training plan prepared by the academies hosting the exhibitions.
The move aims to support forming teachers' awareness about the history of the Islamic culture and civilization and its relationship with France and Europe in general in order to enrich the human culture of students and strengthen their relationship with the other. —ONA