Friday, April 3, 2009

The Museum of Islamic Art

Two weeks ago we visited the new Museum of Islamic Art that opened in Doha this last December. The building is stunning and the art is impressive, but you can only look at so many QurĂ¡ns - just kidding. The building is so impressive that it overshadows the art, but as they acquire more exhibits, I think that will equalize. The building was designed by I.M Pei, a famous Chinese architect. Brett got to "meet" him at the VIP open house he went to. He was giddy for days telling me about how I. M. Pei had stood right next to him. Here are just a few photos from our day there.

There are quite a few of these amazing doors on display. The details are exquisite.

"I'm a Genie is a bottle, baby. You've gotta rub me the right way. "
These people are serious about their rugs.
I don't usually think of the Middle East when I think of a knight in shining armour, but here it is.

You can see the Qatar Islamic Center in the background here - kind of a spiral design.

Museum Behavior?

This reminds me of something from a Ray Bradbury or Ayn Rand novel.


Kristy said...

These pictures are amazing! And you are beautiful!

ljanlyons94 said...

Wow, awsome!

Ben said...

Wow, those pictures are amazing! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Mom, I think you're going to have a lot of scrapbooking to do when you guys get back :)