Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global culture of Islamic art and design through innovative exhibitions, guided tours, and public programs.
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Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global culture of Islamic art, design and culture through bold and innovative exhibitions, guided tours, public programs and digital initiatives. For tour information and reservations, please call the Shangri La Tour Office at the Honolulu Museum of Art: (808) 532-3853

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Ottoman ceramics, known as Iznik ware, named after the city in which they were produced were heavily influenced by Chine...
07/06/2021

Ottoman ceramics, known as Iznik ware, named after the city in which they were produced were heavily influenced by Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. With delicate, blue peonies swimming in interlacing stems, the design of this Ottoman dish mimics the characteristic of Ming porcelain during the Yongle period of the early 1400s. This type of porcelain is characterized by intricately sculpted flowers with jagged-edged leaves.

Blue and White Ceramic Dish with Floral Motifs
16th century, Ottoman
Turkey (Iznik)
Stonepaste, pigments
Diameter: 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Object Number 48.38

Ottoman ceramics, known as Iznik ware, named after the city in which they were produced were heavily influenced by Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. With delicate, blue peonies swimming in interlacing stems, the design of this Ottoman dish mimics the characteristic of Ming porcelain during the Yongle period of the early 1400s. This type of porcelain is characterized by intricately sculpted flowers with jagged-edged leaves.

Blue and White Ceramic Dish with Floral Motifs
16th century, Ottoman
Turkey (Iznik)
Stonepaste, pigments
Diameter: 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Object Number 48.38

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07/01/2021

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06/21/2021

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“Acknowledging the consequences of the past yet moving forward with sincere forgiveness, this image captures the joy, pl...
06/18/2021

“Acknowledging the consequences of the past yet moving forward with sincere forgiveness, this image captures the joy, playfulness and vulnerability of African American males - in contrast to being depicted as bodies of violence in history and in contemporary media. The artwork celebrates the simple, unadulterated innocence of Black youth, channeling a visual representation of love and respect.” #juneteenth @markmilliganart

Mark Feijão Milligan II | Waianae, HI
Inocencia Negra
Oil on Canvas, 5’ x 3’ (2020)

Featured in Shangri La’s #AmericanMuslimFutures online exhibition co-curated with @muslimadvocates

“Acknowledging the consequences of the past yet moving forward with sincere forgiveness, this image captures the joy, playfulness and vulnerability of African American males - in contrast to being depicted as bodies of violence in history and in contemporary media. The artwork celebrates the simple, unadulterated innocence of Black youth, channeling a visual representation of love and respect.” #juneteenth @markmilliganart

Mark Feijão Milligan II | Waianae, HI
Inocencia Negra
Oil on Canvas, 5’ x 3’ (2020)

Featured in Shangri La’s #AmericanMuslimFutures online exhibition co-curated with @muslimadvocates

06/16/2021
Shangri La operations staff assist artist-in-residence Kamran Samimi with pouring concrete into the mold for one of the ...
06/15/2021

Shangri La operations staff assist artist-in-residence Kamran Samimi with pouring concrete into the mold for one of the Ascendants sculptures (Feb 2021). @Kamran Samimi
#SanctuariesExhibit #behindthescenes

Two smiling stone camels (41.145.1-2) with a smiling Doris Duke and Sam Kahanamoku in 1939. Originally from 18th-century...
06/11/2021

Two smiling stone camels (41.145.1-2) with a smiling Doris Duke and Sam Kahanamoku in 1939. Originally from 18th-century China, the two camels were purchased in Honolulu from high-end furniture retailer S. & G. Gump Company in March 1939. Doris Duke installed them in her entry courtyard of Shangri La where they’ve been ever since. #camelsofinstagram #historicalarchives #ShangriLaMuseum

Two smiling stone camels (41.145.1-2) with a smiling Doris Duke and Sam Kahanamoku in 1939. Originally from 18th-century China, the two camels were purchased in Honolulu from high-end furniture retailer S. & G. Gump Company in March 1939. Doris Duke installed them in her entry courtyard of Shangri La where they’ve been ever since. #camelsofinstagram #historicalarchives #ShangriLaMuseum

Over 70% of the planet is covered by ocean – providing life and culture to everything and everyone. Pearls were fished f...
06/08/2021

Over 70% of the planet is covered by ocean – providing life and culture to everything and everyone. Pearls were fished from the Persian Gulf (Bahrain, Qatar, UAE) and the Sulu Sea (Philippines) for millennia. During the Mughal period (1526–1856), pearls were highly valued and prized for luster and size. These earrings from the collection have lavish clusters of pearls, accented with diamonds and delicate enameling. A reminder that the arts depend on the sustainable stewardship of the ocean #WorldOceansDay

Pair of Diamond-Inset Enamelled Gold and Seed-Pearl Cluster Earrings
20th Century
British India/Princely States
Enameled gold, diamonds, seed pearls
Overall: 2 1/8 x 5/8 in. (5.4 x 1.6cm)
Jewelry
57.93A-B

Over 70% of the planet is covered by ocean – providing life and culture to everything and everyone. Pearls were fished from the Persian Gulf (Bahrain, Qatar, UAE) and the Sulu Sea (Philippines) for millennia. During the Mughal period (1526–1856), pearls were highly valued and prized for luster and size. These earrings from the collection have lavish clusters of pearls, accented with diamonds and delicate enameling. A reminder that the arts depend on the sustainable stewardship of the ocean #WorldOceansDay

Pair of Diamond-Inset Enamelled Gold and Seed-Pearl Cluster Earrings
20th Century
British India/Princely States
Enameled gold, diamonds, seed pearls
Overall: 2 1/8 x 5/8 in. (5.4 x 1.6cm)
Jewelry
57.93A-B

06/05/2021
As #APAHeritageMonth comes to a close, we take this opportunity to reflect on 2018 artist-in-residence Hari Kondabolu @h...
05/27/2021

As #APAHeritageMonth comes to a close, we take this opportunity to reflect on 2018 artist-in-residence Hari Kondabolu @harikondabolu. Comedian, writer, and podcaster, the New York Times hails him as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” During his residency, Kondabolu recorded a live episode of “The Kondabolu Brothers Podcast,” at Shangri La with his brother Ashok where they explored a spirited conversation about religion, gentrification, racism, and baseball. LINK IN BIO

Conservation! Today we spotlight the behind-the-scenes conservation of the collection. Inspired by existing lamps in the...
05/25/2021

Conservation!

Today we spotlight the behind-the-scenes conservation of the collection. Inspired by existing lamps in the collection from the 19th century in Qajar-era Iran, this custom-made bulbous-body lamp includes registers of geometric design along the neck, belly, and inverted dome of the vessel. All the surfaces are incised with elaborate floral motifs, while the inside is fitted with custom frosted Mylar light diffusers. #behind-the-scenes
Pierced Metal Hanging Lamp
India
c. 1986
Custom Commission for Shangri La
Object Number: 54.9.1

This appliqué from our collection is one panel from a set of six that feature bold geometric designs inspired from the p...
05/20/2021

This appliqué from our collection is one panel from a set of six that feature bold geometric designs inspired from the period of Mamluk rule (1250-1517) in Egypt. Created during the “Mamluk revival” in the late 19th century, they looked toward the celebrated past of Egypt as greater calls for independence from the Ottoman Empire were underway. Erected as a temporary structure for celebrations such as weddings, circumcisions, or Eids, this particular textile features the following verse from the Qur’an (53:39): “That man can have nothing but what he strives for …" #collection-archives #islamicart

Embroidered and Appliquéd Cotton Tent Panel (Khayamiya)
Egypt (Cairo)
Ottoman (Mamluk Revival), 19th century
Cotton
115 1/4 x 58 3/4 in. (292.7 x 149.2 cm)
Object Number: 83.22

This appliqué from our collection is one panel from a set of six that feature bold geometric designs inspired from the period of Mamluk rule (1250-1517) in Egypt. Created during the “Mamluk revival” in the late 19th century, they looked toward the celebrated past of Egypt as greater calls for independence from the Ottoman Empire were underway. Erected as a temporary structure for celebrations such as weddings, circumcisions, or Eids, this particular textile features the following verse from the Qur’an (53:39): “That man can have nothing but what he strives for …" #collection-archives #islamicart

Embroidered and Appliquéd Cotton Tent Panel (Khayamiya)
Egypt (Cairo)
Ottoman (Mamluk Revival), 19th century
Cotton
115 1/4 x 58 3/4 in. (292.7 x 149.2 cm)
Object Number: 83.22

This appliqué from our collection is one panel from a set of six that feature bold geometric designs inspired from the p...
05/20/2021

This appliqué from our collection is one panel from a set of six that feature bold geometric designs inspired from the period of Mamluk rule (1250-1517) in Egypt. Created during the “Mamluk revival” in the late 19th century, they looked toward the celebrated past of Egypt as greater calls for independence from the Ottoman Empire were underway. Erected as a temporary structure for celebrations such as weddings, circumcisions, or Eids, this particular textile features the following verse from the Qur’an (53:39): “That man can have nothing but what he strives for …" #collectionarcives #islamicart

Embroidered and Appliquéd Cotton Tent Panel (Khayamiya)
Egypt (Cairo)
Ottoman (Mamluk Revival), 19th century
Cotton
115 1/4 x 58 3/4 in. (292.7 x 149.2 cm)
Object Number: 83.22

This appliqué from our collection is one panel from a set of six that feature bold geometric designs inspired from the period of Mamluk rule (1250-1517) in Egypt. Created during the “Mamluk revival” in the late 19th century, they looked toward the celebrated past of Egypt as greater calls for independence from the Ottoman Empire were underway. Erected as a temporary structure for celebrations such as weddings, circumcisions, or Eids, this particular textile features the following verse from the Qur’an (53:39): “That man can have nothing but what he strives for …" #collectionarcives #islamicart

Embroidered and Appliquéd Cotton Tent Panel (Khayamiya)
Egypt (Cairo)
Ottoman (Mamluk Revival), 19th century
Cotton
115 1/4 x 58 3/4 in. (292.7 x 149.2 cm)
Object Number: 83.22

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a time to celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and P...
05/17/2021

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a time to celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. Today, we spotlight the work of groundbreaking, multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer @jenshyu and a memorable performance during residency at Shangri La in 2016. Born in Peoria, Illinois, to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, Shyu is widely regarded for her virtuosic singing and riveting stage presence, carving out her own beyond-category space in the art world. #APAHeritageMonth (LINK IN BIO).

We are thrilled to join the @googleartsculture focus on Asian Pacific American creators. Explore this unique resource wh...
05/07/2021

We are thrilled to join the @googleartsculture focus on Asian Pacific American creators. Explore this unique resource which features over 114 online stories, cultural artifacts, archives, and artworks, including our latest exhibit, Sanctuaries by @kamransamimi. #APAHeritageMonth

We are thrilled to join the @googleartsculture focus on Asian Pacific American creators. Explore this unique resource which features over 114 online stories, cultural artifacts, archives, and artworks, including our latest exhibit, Sanctuaries by @kamransamimi. #APAHeritageMonth

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a time to celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and P...
05/04/2021

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a time to celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. Today, we spotlight the work of performance artist, poet and global agitator Anida Yoeu Ali @anidashogun created during her residency at Shangri La in 2019. A first-generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago, Ali’s Red Chador Revisited performances in Hawai’i initiates critical dialogues about identity and otherness.

Anida Yoeu Ali, “Rainbow Beach”, 2019,
Digital color print with archival pigment, Photographer: Masahiro Sugano
Object number: 37.22 #apaheritagemonth

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - a time to celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. Today, we spotlight the work of performance artist, poet and global agitator Anida Yoeu Ali @anidashogun created during her residency at Shangri La in 2019. A first-generation Muslim Khmer woman born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago, Ali’s Red Chador Revisited performances in Hawai’i initiates critical dialogues about identity and otherness.

Anida Yoeu Ali, “Rainbow Beach”, 2019,
Digital color print with archival pigment, Photographer: Masahiro Sugano
Object number: 37.22 #apaheritagemonth

Congrats to the #BuildingBridgesProgram grantees! So many creative arts and media projects in this list of efforts worki...
04/29/2021

Congrats to the #BuildingBridgesProgram grantees! So many creative arts and media projects in this list of efforts working with U.S. #Muslims to build a more understanding and #inclusive society. https://bit.ly/3u2qVOA

Congrats to the #BuildingBridgesProgram grantees! So many creative arts and media projects in this list of efforts working with U.S. #Muslims to build a more understanding and #inclusive society. https://bit.ly/3u2qVOA

Of Stone and Sea 2020 Cement, Acrylic, India Ink, Powdered Stone, Pigments, Coffee, Iron Filings on Raw Canvas  The idea...
04/27/2021

Of Stone and Sea
2020
Cement, Acrylic, India Ink, Powdered Stone, Pigments, Coffee, Iron Filings on Raw Canvas

The idea of “building a home”--a place for the artistʻs spirit to reside--is the foundation of these artworks. LINK IN BIO. @KamranSamimi #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll

Of Stone and Sea 2020 Cement, Acrylic, India Ink, Powdered Stone, Pigments, Coffee, Iron Filings on Raw Canvas  The idea...
04/26/2021

Of Stone and Sea
2020
Cement, Acrylic, India Ink, Powdered Stone, Pigments, Coffee, Iron Filings on Raw Canvas

The idea of “building a home”--a place for the artistʻs spirit to reside--is the foundation of these artworks. LINK IN BIO. @KamranSamimi #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll

Dark Matter  2020-2021 Oil Stick on Canvas  These paintings explore the land that underpins Shangri La, imagining the st...
04/22/2021

Dark Matter
2020-2021
Oil Stick on Canvas

These paintings explore the land that underpins Shangri La, imagining the stories embedded in stones and other formations that compose the grounds. LINK IN BIO. @KamranSamimi #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll

04/19/2021

Ascendants
2020-2021
CorTen™ Steel, Earpod wood, Plexiglas®, Concrete, Monkeypod wood, Basalt, Aluminum, Marble, Granite

A behind-the-scenes look at the Ascendants installation. View @KamranSamimi’s latest exhibition, Sanctuaries, online now via LINK IN BIO. #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll

Ascendants 2020-2021CorTen™ Steel, Earpod wood, Plexiglas®, Concrete, Monkeypod wood, Basalt,  Aluminum, Marble, Granite...
04/15/2021

Ascendants
2020-2021
CorTen™ Steel, Earpod wood, Plexiglas®, Concrete, Monkeypod wood, Basalt, Aluminum, Marble, Granite

This sculptural installation is the artist's tribute to the generations of thinkers, artisans and laborers residing in his family tree, embodying creative, cultural and vocational connections over time and space. Materially, the piece depicts the diverse range of elements that Samimi’s ancestors have used in their work: wood, stone, metal and plastic. Several of the materials were sourced from the grounds at Shangri La and draw a connection to the people who built the museum. In the Persian tradition, the hayat (courtyard) in a home is the meeting point to receive guests and socialize with family and friends. It is a sacred gathering place. Samimi’s residency at Shangri La provided a unique opportunity to visualize his rich and complex relationship to the collections and cultural resources at Shangri La, bringing together all the peoples and cultures represented at the museum and manifested in him. LINK IN BIO. @KamranSamimi #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll

On behalf of the Shangri La Museum, Ramadan Mubarak! Etched-Glass Hanging Lamp with Quranic InscriptionsSyriaOttoman, 19...
04/13/2021

On behalf of the Shangri La Museum, Ramadan Mubarak!

Etched-Glass Hanging Lamp with Quranic Inscriptions
Syria
Ottoman, 19th century
Glass, black compound, gilding
Object Number: 47.132

The religion of Islam was founded in the seventh century when the Prophet Muhammad received revelations from God (Allah). The recording of these revelations in Arabic became the Qur'an, the sacred text for Muslims. With its flowing shapes, the Arabic alphabet lends itself superbly to artistic design. The letters may be shaped in a variety of ways to create dynamic compositions that stir the eye, regardless of the viewer’s ability to read the text.

Lamps such as this were often placed in mosques, palaces or shrines as donations from the faithful. The iconic shape remained unchanged for centuries, and the lamp on display echoes earlier artworks of a similar kind. The lamp is a reminder of the centrality of the practice of the faith of Islam in the cultures whose artworks are represented in the collection. 📷 David Frazen

On behalf of the Shangri La Museum, Ramadan Mubarak!

Etched-Glass Hanging Lamp with Quranic Inscriptions
Syria
Ottoman, 19th century
Glass, black compound, gilding
Object Number: 47.132

The religion of Islam was founded in the seventh century when the Prophet Muhammad received revelations from God (Allah). The recording of these revelations in Arabic became the Qur'an, the sacred text for Muslims. With its flowing shapes, the Arabic alphabet lends itself superbly to artistic design. The letters may be shaped in a variety of ways to create dynamic compositions that stir the eye, regardless of the viewer’s ability to read the text.

Lamps such as this were often placed in mosques, palaces or shrines as donations from the faithful. The iconic shape remained unchanged for centuries, and the lamp on display echoes earlier artworks of a similar kind. The lamp is a reminder of the centrality of the practice of the faith of Islam in the cultures whose artworks are represented in the collection. 📷 David Frazen

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Built in Honolulu, Hawaii between 1936-1938, Shangri La houses Doris Duke’s intriguing collection of Islamic art. Education programs such as residencies, lectures, performances, panel discussions, among other special events with a focus on Muslim arts and culture are offered. The estate can also be visited by public tour and by virtual tour.

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As of this writing (6/27/21), tours are closed. You might consider disabling the "Book Now" button, until such times as tours resume.
Sunset helicopter photo of Shangri La by Cameron Brooks
For those interested in Ilm al Huroof, Science of Abjad and Islamic Geometry I am uploading videos about these subjects. Regards/Salaam
The Reminders
Cindy Rosner you are on Oahu, I'm going next month. This is a must see, jaw dropping interiors!
Aloha Please add me to your mailing? [email protected] Mahalo
Beautiful art ❤
Hi, I have dreams and goals and one of them is to really own a place like Doris Duke had. Can you tell me how much a place like that costs??
since then peace sorry both complicated elohim's empiro is that his name?
Robin and Arlie this is so worth seeing.
After absorbing myself in Islamic art for the past four years I must say; I'm totally inspired to carrying on.
ALOHA! I wanted to ask you if the construction is still going on as your blog is dated from October 2017... Or all the remodeling is finished now ? THANK YOU so much