Baghdad: Eye’s Delight
26 October 2022 - 25 February 2023
The exhibition celebrates Baghdad as the most important and influential city ever created in the Islamic world. It will reveal Baghdad’s outstanding heritage as the capital of the great Abbasid caliphs (750-1258 CE) and also of the 20th century when the city once again experienced a renewed period of prosperity with the discovery of oil. The display will take visitors on an imaginary tour across centuries, highlighting Baghdad’s role as a city of power, scholarship and riches. It will also explore Baghdad’s role as a city of industry and commerce, from the flourishing trade under the Abbasids to the development of modern infrastructure in the 20th century. The journey ends with a look at the city’s social fabric, its cosmopolitan population and many traditions, which have – despite war and destruction – enabled the city to thrive, time and time again.
The exhibition is jointly curated by Museum of Islamic Art Director Dr Julia Gonnella and by the MIA Curatorial Team: Dr Mounia Chekhab Abudaya, Dr Tara Desjardins, Nicoletta Fazio and Simone Struth.
The exhibition features objects on loan from 22 institutions such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Benaki Museum, the Vatican, and the Barjeel Foundation.
The exhibition is part of the Qatar-MENASA 2022 Year of Culture.