At MAO, Turin, opens Drop by Drop Life Falls from the Sky. Water, Islam, and Art, an exhibition curated by Alessandro Vanoli
It is the major exhibition on the relationship between water and Islam, from its most ancient origins to its many complex developments, up to more recent needs. This exhibition tells a story through images, artifacts, books, and miniatures: technology, everyday life, and art, which for centuries mirrored one another in the many ways of enjoying and using water. This exhibition bears witness to the variety and wealth of handmade objects related to the theme and use of water.
Also: Syrian water ducts, gardens in Spain, baths in Istanbul. But not only: the vast Islamic legacy that spread across Europe. From the 1500s to 19th-century Orientalism: display cases with extraordinary “transformed” objects, or objects inspired by the Islamic world. Much of this past is not only similar to ours—it belongs to us intimately.
The itinerary plays with the sound and flow of water. In fact, works and visitors are immersed in a landscape of sound and visual harmony.
Some of the most prestigious European and international museums and some important private collections have lent their precious works for this major exhibition on the relationship between water and Islam, from its most ancient origins to its many complex developments, up to more recent needs.
Among the over 120 works on display there are also four important carpets lent by the Gallery Moshe Tabibnia.
Drop by Drop Life Falls from the Sky. Water, Islam, and Art
April 13 – September 1, 2019
MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale, Turin