East meets West at this eye-catching multipurpose cultural center. Retracing the history of Arabs, this museum contains ... More
Arab World Institute
East meets West at this eye-catching multipurpose cultural center. Retracing the history of Arabs, this museum contains ancient manuscripts, exquisitely-made silk carpets, pottery and a wide range of utensils, as well as scientific and astronomical instruments dating from between 750 and 1258 CE. Temporary exhibitions, organized on a regular basis on the ground floor, are a showcase for contemporary paintings and sculptures that reflect the latest artistic movements currently in vogue in the Arab world. Information is provided in pamphlets and interactive videos. During the winter, the museum erects a temporary bazaar selling Arab goods and offering a pleasant area in which to sip mint tea and sample Moroccan pastries.
I am not Muslim but I admire the culture and civilization of the Middle East and North Africa, especially. Going to the Paris bit of Arabia made me feel the thrill of being in a massive desert tent and being treated to the hospitality of a major sheik or even sultan.
Spectacular architecture, fine exhibits, good bookstore
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/24/04
L'Institut du Monde arabe (The Arab World Institute) is one of Jean Nouvel's masterpieces that is not to be missed. The entire southern facade is a high-tech interpretation of a Moorish screen made of photo-optic sensitive shutters that function like the shutter on a camera lens. As clouds pass by on sunny days, the shutters close and open. Visit the inside and see how it all works. You won't forget it! The entire structure is a study in contemporary minimalist refinement. A museum on the upper floors has changing exibits of ancient artifacts from various countries in the Arab World. The bookstore is well stocked with interesting titles on a wide range of subjects. - Other floors contain a research library and related facilities. - - - After you visit this, don't miss my favorite building in Paris: Jean Nouvels's Fondation Cartier, a modern art gallery and garden in the 14th arrondissement.
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