About 5000 pieces comprise the Smithsonian Museum’s Islamic Art exhibit, representing the traditions of Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and more. The exhibition, running from Oct. 24-Jan 24, features 65 works of art from Istanbul, Paris, Geneva, and Berlin.
Each year, the museum honors one country and features a special exhibit in celebration of its art and culture. This year, the country is Iran.
“What we are trying to do is focus the attention on the arts and cultures of Iran,” says Massumeh Farhad, chief of Islamic art at the Freer and Sackler galleries.
The Smithsonian official denied any association between the focus on the Iranian culture and the ongoing political showdown between the two countries.
Farhad believes that showcasing a unique Islamic culture like Iran’s to Americans should always be apart from any political agendas.
“What we can do is to highlight the aspects of culture, regardless of what happens in politics.”