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"The Art of Living – Residential Architecture of the Islamic World"
2001-03-26 until 2001-06-25
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, ,
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia launched this exhibition on the 26th March 2001 in conjunction with the new Islamic year, 1422 AH. The attainment of harmony and enriching beauty within one's dwelling and sanctuary may be termed an 'art of living'. This has been a unifying key to Islamic homes the world over through the centuries. It is through the examination of these homes that we glimpse the personal and spiritual aspects of the respective cultures, and in turn gain insight into our own individual culture. In the dawn of a new year, the Islamic Arts Museum presents a reflection of an elegant, historic tradition. The exhibition will feature a collection of photographic works by Ovidio Guaita; highlighting a rich diversity of architectural edifices and facades of different geographic regions inspired by the Islamic style.
The exhibition is held in conjunction with the launch of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia's most recent publication, The Art of Living – Residential Architecture of the Islamic World; supplemented with a wealth of colour photographs, detailed architectural sketches and charming anecdotes. The far-reaching influence of Islamic culture is apparent in the images of the lordly dwellings featured in this historical, geographical and cultural documentary. The areas covered in this exhibition and publication include: the Mediterranean Basin, the African Continent, the Near East, the Middle East and the Far East. Also included in the book is a separate section dedicated to the detailed study of architectural ornamentation: the ceramics 'Majolica' & 'Azulejos', Bas-reliefs, doors, doorknockers, windows and includes a foreword by Malaysian Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Mohammad.
A professional photographer, Ovidio Guaita graduated from the University of Florence, Italy in 1983 and has since collaborated extensively with the Department of Architecture History and Restoration of Architectonic Structures of the faculty. A member of the Association of Journalists, he is also on the staff of an Italian magazine, Ville Giardini.