Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced by people (not all Muslim), who lived within the realm of the Islamic civilisation and Muslim populated lands dating from the 7th century onwards. It is a somewhat difficult art to define due to the many regions and peoples it covers. Islamic Art is neither an art form perse nor defined by a particular place or time.
Over the centuries, Islamic Art reflected the cultural and social environments, embracing both the secular and religious elements of the civilisation of its time.
Today, many Muslim artists explore the issues of identity, politics, society and culture to tell their stories through various art mediums. Beyond the scope of what traditionally encompassed Islamic art, contemporary mediums such as Multimedia, Video and Photography along with a fusion of both traditional and modern techniques are now commonplace.
Contemporary Art at the Islamic Museum of Australia
The contemporary art presented at the Islamic Museum of Australia provides an engaging platform from which stories of Australian Muslim history and identity are told. As a multifaceted space, the museum also presents a view of young Muslims in contemporary Australian society, as intelligent,complex and bright individuals. Their unique stories as Australian Muslims are conveyed through the universal language of the arts.
The positive work of the museum through the development of contemporary culture provides an open and creative experience that feeds our nation’s diverse cultural landscape. Contemporary art encompasses the unique educational experience at the museum, while allowing for reflection and imagination.
“Exhibitions in art museums do not themselves change the world. Nor should they have to. But as a form of public space, they constitute an arena in which a community may test, examine, and imaginatively live both older truths and possibilities for new ones.” C.Duncan 1995