This collection as a whole, displayed for the first time in its entirety, makes it possible to provide a coherent picture of the complex history of Islamic ceramics by focusing on the major technological innovations of faience, siliceous clay and lustreware. The diversity and opulence of the geometric, epigraphic, vegetal and figurative designs are deployed on customary forms or on tiles. This rich iconography draws on a range of luminous colours, dominated by blue and turquoise. The Islamic world, situated midway between the Far East and Europe, was subject to numerous influences; it has also been an ongoing source of stimulation and fascination for the West.
In addition to the masterpieces and seminal works, the exhibition also aims to highlight more everyday specimens, items of dubious attribution, copies, fragments and abusive restoration work in order to offer a diverse overview of the collection.
Through a full programme of activities and with the aid of fruitful partnerships – including those with the women’s workshop of Champ-Dollon prison – the Ariana Museum aims to place this exhibition in a context as current as it is historical.