The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery in the United States, at the Dallas Museum of Art

From April 18, 2017 to April 28, 2019

Dallas Museum of Art Mounts a New Installation of One of the World’s Leading Islamic Art Collections


Installation Comprises More than 150 Works of Art in New Dedicated Gallery


The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery is the largest public presentation in the history of one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic Art.

The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery at the Dallas Museum of ArtThe gallery will highlight particular strengths within the collection, which encompasses one of the most important holdings of luster pottery and rock crystals in the world including the celebrated rock crystal ewer, one of only seven in the world of its caliber and the only one of its type in the United States. The gallery space will display a series of rare manuscripts and painted miniatures of exquisite beauty, including a 16th-century Indian Khamsa of Nizami manuscript, and pages from the 1330 Shahnama known as “The Demotte Shahnama.”

Assembled over the course of five decades by the noted art collector Edmund de Unger (1918–2011), the Keir Collection of Islamic Art is recognized by scholars as one of the most geographically and historically comprehensive of its kind, encompassing almost 2,000 works spanning three continents and 13 centuries of Islamic cultural production—from rock crystal to metalwork, ceramics, textiles, carpets and works on paper. The Keir Collection came to the DMA on a long-term loan agreement with the trustees of the Keir Collection that was finalized in 2014, transforming the Museum into the third largest repository of Islamic art in the United States.

The Keir Collection’s first ever North American presentation, Spirit and Matter: Masterpieces from the Keir Collection of Islamic Art, opened at the DMA in September 2015. The new installation will increase the number of works on view from the collection, which will henceforth be presented in a new purpose-designed gallery space off the Museum’s Concourse dedicated to Islamic art. The new Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery will retain several important masterworks that were on view in Spirit and Matter.


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