« Oriental gardens - from the Alhambra to the Taj Mahal" at the Arab World Institute
Did you know that before becoming the emblem of the Netherlands, the tulip was the emblem of the Ottoman sultans? That in one of the ancient languages of Persia, the word garden (pairi-daeza) gave paradise? This extraordinary story of Eastern gardens is to be discovered all throughout the exhibition which occupies a special temporary garden on the forecourt of the museum. Entrusted to landscape architect Michel Pena, this contemporary interpretation of the Eastern gardens wants to be a fun and sensory invitation to soak up the many facets of an ancient art. In parallel, within the Institute, an exhibition traces the history of the gardens from the utmost eastern ancient to the most contemporary innovations, from the Iberian Peninsula to the Indian subcontinent. A rich journey of some 300 art works from major international museums and private collections.
Until the 25th of September. www.imarabe.org