Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East

Ahmanson Building, Level 4
February 1, 2015–January 3, 2016

In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.

As the first of a two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others.

This exhibition is included in General Admission.
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Image: Shirin Neshat (Iran, Qazvin, active United States, New York, New York City, born 1957), Speechless, 1996, Photograph, Gelatin silver print and ink. Purchased with funds provided by Jamie McCourt through the 2012 Collectors Committee.

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Mona Hatoum, Lebanon
God is Alive, He Shall Not Die (blue)
Nasser Al Salem, Saudi Arabia
Gang of Kesh Part 2
Hassan Hajjaj, Morocco
Abbas Kowsari, Iran

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