It took noted art collector Edmund de Unger over five decades to comprise one of the world’s most geographically and historically comprehensive collections of Islamic art. On April 18, the DMA opened the Collection’s new gallery to showcase these remarkable treasures in the largest public presentation in the Collection’s history. The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery highlights particular strengths within the Collection, from luster pottery and rock crystals to rare manuscripts and painted miniatures of exquisite beauty.
The gallery is located at the very heart of the Museum, in the DMA’s concourse. “By situating the gallery of this important collection of masterworks in a prime location on the Museum’s first level, the DMA is affirming the vitality of Islamic art to its exhibition program and to the art historical canon,” said Sabiha Al Khemir, the DMA’s Senior Advisor for Islamic Art.
The Keir Collection came to the DMA on a long-term loan agreement with the trustees of the Keir Collection that was finalized in 2014, transforming the Museum into the third largest repository of Islamic art in the US. Within the first month of opening, the gallery has seen many visitors who leave in awe of the objects’ beauty.
Copy and images courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.