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  • Arte della Civiltà Islamica. La Collezione al-Sabah, Kuwait
    Art of the Islamic Civilisation. The al-Sabah Collection,
    Roma - Exhibitions, from 25/07/15 to 20/09/15

Art of the Islamic Civilisation. The al-Sabah Collection,



The exhibition, Art of the Islamic Civilisation. The al-Sabah Collection, is divided into two parts.  The first, which is strictly chronological, begins with a small numismatic section designed to provide a historical and geographical introduction to the main stages in the development of Muslim civilisations.  Taking its cue from the influence of the major civilisations that vied with the embryonic culture of Islam (the late Classical Byzantine civilisation on one side and the civilisation of eastern Mesopotamia on the other, without underestimating the contribution of central Asia, India and the Far East....) to illustrate that culture's beginnings and its formative years, the section goes on to explore the development of an independent and unique artistic vocabulary that was destined gradually to spread and to consolidate, producing works of superb balance.  It ends with the three great 16th century empires that were to become fully-fledged political and cultural giants lording it over the world stage:  the Turkish Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean; the Iranian Safavid Empire which, though of the Shiite persuasion, was nevertheless extraordinarily open to the rest of the world; and the Indian Mughal Empire with its fairy-tale opulence.


The second part of the exhibition probes the crucial artistic themes and modes of Islamic art, ranging from the formal stringency of its mesmerising calligraphy and its learned and scientific exploration of the world of mathematics and geometry, to the endless imagery of the repeated floral motif known as the Arabesque and the abstract and realistic depiction of animal and human figures, thus giving the lie to the false and hackneyed contention that Islam was iconoclastic.  The exhibition ends with the glittering splendour of treasure, in the shape of the (mainly Indian) items of the goldsmith's art that are the boast of the Al-Sabah Collection, which in terms of the quantity and quality of its pieces in this field is unrivalled anywhere in the world.

One thousand four hundred years of history in an area stretching from Spain to China, with the most disparate materials ranging from stone, stucco and textile to glass, metal, ivory, rock crystal, wood, ceramic, jewels and illuminations... all go to make up a fascinating and probably unexpected fresco capable of astonishing, of involving and of thrilling the visitor.



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Information, reservation, guided tours for individuals and groups
Tel. +39 06 39967500

Information, reservation, guided tours for schools
Tel.+39  848 082 408


Monday - Friday 9.00 - 13.00 | 14.00 - 17.00

Saturday 9.00 - 14.00

Art of the Islamic Civilisation. The al-Sabah Collection,




Admission ticket
  • - Full € 8
  • - Reduced € 6
Other Reduced
  • - young people under 27

    - senior citizens over 65

    - teachers

    - groups with special concessions

    - forces of law and order and the military on producing an ID

    - journalists with press card (professional, practitioner, freelance) special reduced € 4,00 


    Free for

    - children under 6

    - disabled (free admission for the person accompanying them)

    - Regione Lazio tourist guides

    - Regione Lazio tourist escorts

    - interpreters accompanying the guides

    - ICOM and ICROM card holders

Other Reduced Event ticket
    • Reduced price age 7/18 € 4.00
    • Admission to exhibitions at the Scuderie del Quirinale and at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni for students, researchers and undergraduates registered with public or private universities in Rome costs € 4.00 on Saturdays, after 7.00 pm until the box office 
  • The Guided Tours for groups reservation required

    € 100,00 (max 25 people). Ticket's price excluded

    tel. +39 06 39967500

  • The Guided Tours for schools reservation required

    € 100,00 (max 25 students). Ticket's price excluded

    tel. +39 848 082 408

Reservation Fee
  • Groups

    Reservation fee required for groups € 30,00 (min. 7 max 25 people)

    Special ticket from Monday to Friday € 6,00 per person | Saturday, Sunday and Holidays € 8,00 per person



    Reservation fee required for groups € 20,00 (min. 7 max 25 people)