Islamic Art

Together, the O’Donnell Institute and the Dallas Museum of Art form a center for research and education in Islamic art.

Left: Inkwell, Iran: late 12th century; Right: Bowl, Egypt: Cairo, 11th–12th century Top: Inkwell, Iran: late 12th century; Bottom: Bowl, Egypt: Cairo, 11th–12th century The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art

The study of Islamic art at the O’Donnell Institute focuses on artworks held in one of the world’s great private collections of Islamic art: the Keir Collection, now housed at the Dallas Museum of Art. Together, through undergraduate and graduate seminars, scholarly programs, and collaborative research projects, the DMA and the O’Donnell Institute form an important new center for research and education in the field of Islamic art.

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art at the Dallas Museum of Art

In 2014 the Dallas Museum of Art received a long-term loan of one of the world’s largest private holdings of Islamic art, transforming the Museum’s Islamic art collection into the third largest of its kind in North America.

Assembled over the course of five decades by the noted art collector Edmund de Unger (1918–2011), the Keir Collection is recognized by scholars as one of the world’s most geographically and historically comprehensive, encompassing almost 2,000 works in a range of media that span thirteen centuries of Islamic art-making.

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art, Dallas Museum of Art, April 18, 2017 to April 26, 2020

Islamic Art Festival: The Language of Exchange, Dallas Museum of Art, November 2017

Spirit and Matter, Dallas Museum of Art, September 18, 2015 to July 31, 2016

 


Persian tile from the 13th century

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art