Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, may God protect him, the Sharjah Museums Authority inaugurated today, Wednesday, the exhibition “Drop after Drop, Life Falls from the Sky: Water, Islam and Arts”, which will continue until December 11. , in the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Sheikh Khalid bin Essam Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation in Sharjah, in the presence of Nicola Lehner, the Italian ambassador to the country, Giuseppe Venociaro, Consul General of Italy in Dubai, Alberto Sacco, Deputy Mayor responsible for tourism, trade and labor in Turin, and Manal Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Authority, Sheikh Salem Al Qasimi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Heritage and Arts Sector – Ministry of Culture and Youth, Ida Zilio Grandi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute – Embassy of Italy in the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, Professor Giovanni Curatola, Professor at the University of Udine and Curator of the exhibition, and Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM – Sharjah.
The exhibition was inaugurated with a manuscript of the Quranic verse “And We made from water every living thing.”
The event offers 120 historical collections and artworks of different civilizations from several museums in Italy that have never been shown outside Italy, including a collection of collections from Italian public and private museums, and the participation of pieces from the permanent collection from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and the Sharjah Art Museum, distributed over four axes: The blessing of water and Islam, the water and daily life section, the traditional bath, and the gardens section.
The exhibition deals with the strong presence of water in Islamic heritage and civilization, starting from its mention in many Qur’anic texts, which set rules for the investment, development and preservation of water, to its role in creating a civilization rich in architecture, literature, philosophy, music and jurisprudence, where it highlights the similarities and cultural differences. and regional, through a range of collectibles on display.
message of hope
Nicola Lehner, Italian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said: “I am honored to welcome the first Italian-Emirati exhibition, to make an imprint for us, and to represent an important step in the path of cooperation between two distinguished and large cultural institutions, the Turin Museums Foundation and the Sharjah Museums Authority, which sends a message of hope. and encouragement for our country.
For her part, Manal Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Authority, said: “We are pleased to organize this exhibition, which is the fruit of our first cooperation with the Turin Museums Foundation, with the aim of shedding light on the historical relations linking Italy with the Islamic world.”
In turn, Ida Zilio Grandi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute – Abu Dhabi, confirmed that Islam focused a lot on water, as the word water was mentioned in the Holy Qur’an with diversity and repetition, as a stimulant of life and an example of God’s mercy, and a picture of his care and livelihood.
The exhibition, which lasts for six months and presents, through its four sections, a bouquet of collectibles that reflect the uses, arts, culture and history of Islamic civilization, acquires its importance by shedding light on the element of water from the window of arts and cultural heritage, and focuses on its connection with cultures, civilizations, religions, philosophies, places and dates, and even lives and worlds in general. And its close connection with the movement of development and growth, as the most important condition for human existence.
In addition, the Sharjah Museums Authority will hold a symposium on the sidelines of the exhibition entitled “Drop after drop, life falls from the sky. Water, Islam and the Arts,” the day after tomorrow, Saturday, at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, and the session, which will be broadcast on the authority’s YouTube channel, will discuss the historical development of the role of water and its creative embodiment in ancient Arab and Islamic arts and antiquities, represented in the four axes of the exhibition: The blessing of water and Islam, water. Daily life, hammam and gardens.