Saturday, July 30, 2005

Saudi Prince Helps Set Up Islamic Art Wing in Louvre

Even though Daniel Pipes thinks France is tough against Islam, I suspect it is too late for them to avoid a civil war of sorts. The Louvre could burn, in spite of this new Islamic Art wing:

Prince Walid Helps Set Up Islamic Art Wing in Louvre

Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal has donated a multi-million-euro gift to finance the construction of a new Islamic art wing in the Paris-based Louvre Museum to show off the bright face of the Muslim world. The 4,000-square-meter wing in the world's largest museum will showcase up to 10,000 pieces, one of the greatest concentrations of Islamic art in existence. "Your gesture is a testament to the generosity of the Islamic world," the French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres told Prince Walid in a ceremony.

Princely gift from Saudi billionaire to house Louvre's Islamic art

The Louvre, once a royal fortress and today the world's largest museum, will get a new wing to showcase its vast collection of Islamic art thanks to a multi-million dollar gift by a Saudi prince bent on mending post-9/11 ties between the West and Arabs. The French state and oil company Total will cover most of the balance, chipping in 26 million and four million euros (31.2 and 4.8 million dollars) respectively, with the rest coming from future donors. The decision to create a new department of Islamic art in the Louvre came directly from French President Jacques Chirac, who is said to maintain very good relations with Al-Walid.

A related story from 2003:

Islamic Art in the Louvre

In a speech last October, President Jacques Chirac proposed the creation of a new department in the Louvre dedicated to Islamic Art. This department, in Chirac’s view, would not only be an instrument of diplomacy but also of interior policy and will “highlight the universal vocation of this museum and will be a living example of cultural dialogue.” Indeed during a period of racial and religious prejudices, the creation of such a department would have an effect on each group’s understanding and perception of the other. Yet so far, and despite Chirac’s resolution, the Louvre has not found the required funds or space to display its collection of Islamic Art.


At July 31, 2005 12:49 AM, Blogger Thomas Bolding Hansen said...

Well if it´s true that 1/3 kid is an moslem, it´s not looking good for France.
Lost like in totally lost may be to big a word though.

At July 31, 2005 1:14 AM, Blogger ik said...

In Islamic art no human form can be shown. (The joke is that the Prophet and his followers were ugly and they decided to ban all drawing of huan forms.)

It is a bigger crime than Quran desceration to draw a image of the Prophet.

Even after that all the "Islamic" art was done by captured Persian and Indian slaves, and they come out of existing traditions in Byzantium, Persia and India - I have never heard of any art form originating from Saudi Arabia (I would appreciate it if someone could point out otherwise)

The French are making a big mistake by legitimizing Islam.

All forms of Music and Dance are also haraam. The easiest way to start a riot in any country with Muslims is to play music in front of a mosque (or even have a musical procession pass on a road which contains a mosque.

At July 31, 2005 2:17 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

Is there such a thing as "modern Islamic art", or is that an oxymoron?

At July 31, 2005 4:36 AM, Blogger stuart10242 said...

If there is anyone interested in seeing a great exibit of Islamic Art from differant periods, there is a fine Islamic Art Museum in West Jerusalem. I've been there and I can assure you that the art is magnificient and I would recommend it to you.

At July 31, 2005 5:09 AM, Blogger ThBadMonkey said...

[QUOTE]Is there such a thing as "modern Islamic art", or is that an oxymoron? [/QUOTE]

I think the London Bombings would qualify as "modern" Islamic art. The 9/11 WTC would also qualify...

At July 31, 2005 6:30 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

"I think the London Bombings would qualify as 'modern' Islamic art. The 9/11 WTC would also qualify..."

When I first read this it made me laugh. But TBM does have a point here. Reading the reactions to Islamic terrorist atrocities from Islamofascists you sometimes hear things like the "beauty of the result" -- the same kind of reaction one would expect from an art critic speaking about a new work of art.


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