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Dancers in Repose Edgar Degas
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Dancers in Repose (72.441) — Edgar Degas

Discovering Islamic Art in Khedivial Cairo: Some Early Collections and their Displays

Friday, April 24, 2009 |6:30 PM

Dr. Mercedes Volait, Director of Research at the CNRS, Paris, and Director of the IN VISU Research Unit, Institut National d‘Histoire de l‘Art, Paris

Mercedes Volait will bring to life the impressive Islamic art collections assembled by French collectors in Egypt in the 1860-70s, and subsequent initiatives by local amateurs. She will discuss, in particular, the importance of salvaged architectural elements amongst these collections of objects, and their exhibition. These collections shed new light on 19th-century Egyptian and European attitudes toward Islamic art.

Sponsored by Asian & Islamic Art Forum. Reception to follow for AIAF members. For further information and reception tickets please call 313.833.1721, or send an e-mail to rgoodwin@dia.org

Parking is available in the Cultural Center Lot on John R Street, behind the museum. During regular opening hours, valet parking is available on Farnsworth Street. Please enter through the Loggia entrance only when museum is closed to the public.