21 August 2013
In partnership with the British Museum in London, Leiden’s National Museum of Ethnology is displaying an exhibition dedicated to the Hajj. More than 250 objects from Indonesia and Morocco have been collected for the show, including 80 works from the Nasser D. Khalilii Collection of Islamic Art. The exhibition is to run from 10 September, 2013 to 9 March, 2014.
The British Museum has opened its exhibition on the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that every devout Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime. It is the final part of a series of three exhibitions over the last 18 months on the subject of faith. The major exhibition on the Hajj aims to give visitors a sense of what this pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, is all about and, thus, lift the veil on a ritual that has remained very much a mystery to many non-Muslims. For more information on the exhibition, see: The British Museum. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hajj.aspx
Two major exhibitions about Christianity and Islam form the backbone of the British Museum’s plans for late 2011 and early 2012, it was announced today.
The museum will also borrow more than 200 objects from the recently rebuilt National Museum in the Afghan capital, Kabul, for a one-off show exploring the city’s historical background as a cultural crossroad.
The Christianity exhibition will be called Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe and will examine the central importance and veneration of relics. It will run in late 2011 and be followed in 2012 by The Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, telling the worldwide story of the journey all Muslims are meant to make at some point in their lives to Mecca.