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November 25, 2008

Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

I.M Pei's last major cultural work was inaugurated last weekend in Doha, Qatar: the Museum of Islamic Art. Situated on an island off the main waterfront, the museum evokes the traditional elements of Islamic architecture with a modern, cubist sensibility.

The image of the lobby above, from AP Images, illustrates the interior and lighting design by Jean-Michelle Wilmotte (who also worked with Pei on the Pyramide du Louvre).

The Museum's collections cover textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, sculpture and other decorative arts of the Islamic world from the 7th century to present day.

For more images of the building and its collections, see the Museum of Islamic Art website and the recent article in the New York Times.

Posted by sgarrett at November 25, 2008 10:26 AM


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