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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

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Jalan Lembah Perdana Kuala Lumpur. Tel: +60-3 274-2020
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily except Monday
Various themed galleries are found in this museum. Among them is an architecture gallery that displays miniature replicas of famous buildings such

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      09.10.2001 04:57
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      If you have any interest in art at all (whether Islamic or otherwise), and happen to be in Kuala Lumpur, make a beeline for this uplifting museum. A magnificent building in its own right - with one enormous decorated dome rather like an inverted wedding cake, and another of shining aqueous blue - the museum like Kuala Lumpur itself is crisp, fresh and modern. Its approach to the religion of Islam, with particular reference to the more modern form practised in Malaysia, focuses on art and architecture as ways of exploring culture, rather than a dry presentation of artefacts. Beginning with a display of mosque architecture from all regions of the Islamic world, the visitor is able to quickly discern a noticeable difference between the styles of such diverse countries as Spain in its Moorish era, and pre-Communist China. Next comes a stunningly beautiful exhibition of Koranic calligraphy, admired by me more for the style and delicate embellishment rather than any understanding of what it said. The final section brings together items placed in thematic groups. Most brilliant of these in my opinion was a selection of containers including dazzlingly ornamented ‘treasure box’ caskets and weirdly shaped water jars. At only 8 ringgit (about £1.50) to get in this is certainly an interesting way to spend an air-conditioned hour or two whilst in the Malaysian capital.

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