As a part of the recently held International Symposium 'Islamic art in Bosnia and Herzegovina', an exhibition was held that included artefacts from various public and private collections of Islamic art in BiH.

Opened by Prof. Dr. Ismet Bušatlić and Kenan Šurković, the exhibition took place in Hanikah, a historic building that used to be a school for dervishes, and whose ambience was perfectly suited for this amazing art event. The exhibition was divided into three parts, and some artworks have been presented to the public for the first time. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Haris Dervišević and Kenan Šurković, and was on view from Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2017.

image From the opening of the exhibition / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image L-R: Kenan Šurković, Founder and Editor in Chief of Islamic Arts Magazine, Prof. Dr. Ismet Bušatlić, Dr. Haris Derviševič / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

The central part of the exhibition presented prayer rugs and carpets. Most of the exhibited collection is owned by the Islamic Community, while some rugs and carpets are from a private collection. The most prominent exhibits were Anatolian prayer rugs dating from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. A special attention was given to the carpet, donated by the former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser to the Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque in Sarajevo. This carpet was made ca. 1950. Also, huge interest was drawn to the kilim that was made at the end of the 19th century by Sarajevska ćilimara (the company and the factory for handmade carpets and kilims, founded in 1888).

image Installation view / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Installation view / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image The carpet, donated by the former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser to the Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque in Sarajevo / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Kilim by Sarajevska cilimara, end of 19th century, private collection / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Anatolian prayer rugs from the 19th century / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Anatolian prayer rugs / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image L: Anatolian prayer rug / R: Sarkoy kilim, 19th century / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

The right wing of the Haniqah presented works in metal, or more precisely copper trays, metal circular tables. Traditionally used in the old Bosnian houses copper trays were richly decorated. The exhibited trays are part of a private collection in Sarajevo and were exhibited for the first time. The works, created by Sarajevan masters, are between 150 and 200 years old.

image Copper Tray by Sarajevan masters, 18th century, private collection / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Copper Tray by Sarajevan masters, first half of 19th century, private collection / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Copper Tray by Sarajevan masters, 18th century, private collection / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Copper Tray by Sarajevan masters, first half of 19th century, private collection / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

The left wing of the exhibition space showed the calligraphy works by contemporary Bosnian calligraphers such as Ćazim Hadžimejlić, Munib Obradović, Izudin Duraković, Rašid Edib Huseinagić, Hazim Numanagić, as well as the works by the late Bosnian master calligrapher Ešref Kovačević. Among the many esteemed guests was also Shaika Nasser al-Nassr, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs of the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. She had an opportunity to meet with a master calligrapher Munib Obradović, who is also known by his calligraphy that adorns the Makkah Royal Clock Tower.

image Master calligrapher Munib Obradović with Shaika Nasser al-Nassr, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs of the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, next to his work/ Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Installation view / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Installation view / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine

image Installation view / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine


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