Islamic Tradition Inspires Contemporary Art Exhibition Accompanied by Programs

The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition
December 12, 2012 – March 10, 2013
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
Presents the work of the 10 Jameel Prize finalists, including the Algerian-born artist who won the 2011 prize, Rachid Koraïchi. In his work, he pays tribute to the lives and legacies of 14 “masters” of Islam through calligraphy and symbols embroidered on cloth banners. The exhibition is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum London (V&A) in partnership with The Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives.


This £25,000 prize, launched in 2009, is awarded every two years to contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art and design. The prize is designed to encourage a wider debate about Islamic culture and its role today.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Casa Árabe, Madrid

Thursday, January 24, 5:30 pm
An evening with Rachid Koraïchi, recipient of the 2011 Jameel Prize, “Eternity Is the Absence of Time.” Against the backdrop of his award-winning work “The Invisible Masters,” Koraïchi discusses “The Path of Roses,” a series of installations that develop in various locations. Cantor auditorium.
Thursday, February 7, 5:30 pm
Roundtable on Islamic Art: Experts engage in current scholarly debates about contemporary Islamic art. Event is co-organized by the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. Cantor auditorium.
View video of the roundtable.

Free Admission: Wednesday–Sunday 11 am–5 pm, Thursdays until 8 pm. Open July 4th

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Hadieh Shafie, 22500 Pages, 2011. Ink on paper with printed and hand written Farsi text. Victoria and Albert Museum London, purchased with the support of the V&A Director's Circle.


Rachid Koraichi, The Invisible Masters, 2008. Courtesy of October Gallery. Photo by Jonathan Greet

Hayv Kahraman, Migrant 8, 2010. Courtesy of the artist. Collection of Tarek & Lina Damerji

Soody Sharifi, Fashion Week, 2010. Courtesy of the LTMH Gallery, New York