Sunday, July 11, 2004

New Islamic art museum for London

THE ART NEWSPAPER - NEWS: "New Islamic art museum for London
Nasser David Khalili will provide a building, 20,000 objects and an endowment to create the world’s “best new museum”
By Martin Bailey

Nasser David Khalili has pledged to set up a museum in London to show one of the greatest private collections of Islamic art. In an interview, he revealed that he is about to start looking for premises, and hopes his museum will be established “in the next five years”. Dr Khalili will also provide a multi-million pound endowment for running costs. “It would be one of the finest things one could do in this country—creating a fantastic new museum, the best in the world, without it costing the taxpayer a penny,” he explained.

The Khalili Museum will house over 20,000 objects of Islamic art. The manuscripts and miniatures are outstanding, as are the decorative arts, particularly ceramics, textiles, glass and metalwork. The museum will also display his other collections, which include the finest selection of Meiji art outside Japan, Spanish damascene metalwork and Swedish textiles. We can also reveal that Dr Khalili has important Fabergé pieces. The greatest objects from all these collections would be on show, with most of the remainder available to scholars in a study room.”

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