Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Friday, February 10, 2006

Islamic art Muhammads face

detail of the paintings

How can some cultures paint humans and the Prophets themselves when Muhammad was so against idolatry?

These religious paintings are from late in the Middle Ages - more than 700 years after Muhammad lived - and from cultures that already had a tradition with paintings. At that time, Islam was not controlled from a central authority, but reflected different views from diverse cultures that had become Muslim. Paintings were even encouraged by the sultans (kings) of the Ottoman Turks, Safavid Persia, and Mughal India as part of the court art and separated from the mosques. The illustrated books (which are known as great poetry or literature, as well) were commissioned by the rulers, and were not "public" art. These illustrated books were used to tell the Story of the Prophet Muhammad and other Prophets to people who did not speak Arabic.

Gabriel carries Muhammad over the Mountains 14th century

Khamseh of Nizami, India, 16th century

Muhammad at Kaba 1595

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mediamatic | Oosterdokskade 5 | Amsterdam www.mediamatic.net from 05.02.06 t/m 10.03.06

practicum 06a
the perfect hangout space for musicians, artists and the public

During the next six weeks Mediamatic's exhibition space will host the N Collective, an international network of artists, experimental musicians and composers. Especially for this purpose visual artist James Beckett, and musicians Koen Nutters and Morten J. Olsen built a modular installation including an open podium, an editing room, a practise studio, a music shop and a minibar/restaurant.

dolfpauw pink bicycle