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Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (Minneapolis, MN 55404-3506)
Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers (Project Director: August 2012 to present)

Islamic Africa: Art and Architecture

Planning of a traveling exhibition examining the social and historical significance of the diverse forms of Islamic art and architecture that have developed in Africa over the last 1,500 years.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts requests a planning grant to prepare for "Islamic Africa: Art and Architecture," an exhibition to open at the MIA in March 2016 and travel to at least two other North American venues and at least one European venue. At the MIA, the exhibition will be installed in the museum's Target galleries, occupying 11,000 square feet. Featuring approximately 120 works made over the past millennium of cloth, metal, wood, leather, terracotta, glass, and other media, "Islamic Africa: Art and Architecture" will represent the cultures of western Africa, the Maghreb and Egypt in the north, and the Swahili coast in the east. A number of ancillary components to the exhibition, including an online exhibition of arts of the Somali diaspora on the museum's website ( and a film series dedicated to films from Islamic Africa, will deepen and broaden the impact of the exhibited objects.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2013 – 6/30/2014