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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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

We are proud to debut Sanctuaries, a new exhibition by Shangri La's first Hawaiʻi-based artist-in-residence @KamranSamim...
04/08/2021

We are proud to debut Sanctuaries, a new exhibition by Shangri La's first Hawaiʻi-based artist-in-residence @KamranSamimi.

Sanctuaries is a beautifully layered response to an extraordinary time and place. The work is the outcome of an artistic residency that was extended by several months because of the impacts of the pandemic. This unique, expanded time frame realized a thoughtful artist-curator process that captured engagements and entanglements with Shangri La that only time could inspire. LINK IN BIO. #KamranSamimi #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll 📷 @oceanelyse

We are proud to debut Sanctuaries, a new exhibition by Shangri La's first Hawaiʻi-based artist-in-residence @KamranSamimi.

Sanctuaries is a beautifully layered response to an extraordinary time and place. The work is the outcome of an artistic residency that was extended by several months because of the impacts of the pandemic. This unique, expanded time frame realized a thoughtful artist-curator process that captured engagements and entanglements with Shangri La that only time could inspire. LINK IN BIO. #KamranSamimi #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll 📷 @oceanelyse

Join Shangri La Artist-in-Residence @KamranSamimi for a special @aiahonolulu Zoom panel on place, process and design. Sa...
04/06/2021

Join Shangri La Artist-in-Residence @KamranSamimi for a special @aiahonolulu Zoom panel on place, process and design. Samimi will discuss his work at the museum. April 7th at 12pm. Visit https://www.aiahonolulu.org/ to register. 📷 of Samimi at Shangri La by @oceanelyse #ArchitectureMonth

Join Shangri La Artist-in-Residence @KamranSamimi for a special @aiahonolulu Zoom panel on place, process and design. Samimi will discuss his work at the museum. April 7th at 12pm. Visit https://www.aiahonolulu.org/ to register. 📷 of Samimi at Shangri La by @oceanelyse #ArchitectureMonth

Exciting things are ascending.... Opening soon: a new online exhibition by artist-in-residence @kamransamimi #Sanctuarie...
04/05/2021

Exciting things are ascending.... Opening soon: a new online exhibition by artist-in-residence @kamransamimi #SanctuariesExhibit #KamranSamimi #ShangriLaMuseum #IslamicArt #ArtForAll

Exciting things are ascending...Opening April 1, 2021: a new exhibition by artist-in-residence @kamransamimi  #Sanctuari...
03/29/2021

Exciting things are ascending...Opening April 1, 2021: a new exhibition by artist-in-residence @kamransamimi #SanctuariesExhibit #KamranSamimim #ShangriLaMuseum #ArtforAll 📷 @oceanelyse

03/15/2021
#8x8_shangrila: audio edition

In this audio episode of #8x8_shangrila, Karima Daoudi, Shangri La’s Public Programs & Special Events Coordinator, speaks with multimedia artist & cellist Nāwahineokalaʻi Lanzilotti and textile artist & educator Maya Portner. The conversation explores how their relationship with Shangri La has changed over time, how they approached creating their pieces in a space that holds sacred art, and what it means to have an embodied artistic practice.

Today, we debut an original audio series, in which Shangri La staffers speak with 8x8 artists to take a deep dive into t...
03/12/2021

Today, we debut an original audio series, in which Shangri La staffers speak with 8x8 artists to take a deep dive into their processes, materialities, and their diverse take on the theme of place. Five insightful conversations are available to stream via the LINK IN BIO, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, Pocket Casts, Overcast, or Apple Podcasts.

During the summer of 2020, eight Hawaiʻi-based visual artists and eight performing artists were invited to create new work responding to the theme of “place” at the Shangri La. Each artist was entrusted with one of eight gallery spaces that served as both a creative prompt and exhibition space. The result was a remarkable and highly original exhibition that showcases the exceptional creativity that exists across the Hawaiian archipelago and its intersections with Islamic art, cultures, and design in the Pacific.

We hope you enjoy these illuminating discussions with just a few of the local artists we admire, as much as we did in creating this new podcast series. #8x8_shangrila

Robert FlowersFor Those That Dream, 20203’ ft. x 17” in. x 22” in.Cast Glass, Steel, AcrylicPrivate Garden This site-spe...
03/06/2021

Robert Flowers
For Those That Dream, 2020
3’ ft. x 17” in. x 22” in.
Cast Glass, Steel, Acrylic
Private Garden

This site-specific artwork in the Private Garden explores the relationship between place and perspective. Glass blocks echo the clarity and light-catching properties of water while also acting as a prism for colors represented in the garden; a sole blue block adds a note of both whimsy and depth. #8x8_shangrila @formerly_functioning 📷 @oceanelyse

Brandon NgDa Wretched Of Da Earth, 2020249 in. x 142 in.Cyanotype on Cotton Fabric, Photographs from Shangri La Archives...
03/01/2021

Brandon Ng
Da Wretched Of Da Earth, 2020
249 in. x 142 in.
Cyanotype on Cotton Fabric, Photographs from Shangri La Archives, Endemic plants of Hawaiʻi
Living Room

Inspired by his research in Shangri La's archives, Ng’s artwork is a commentary on the assertion of human will over landscape and the reassertion of indigeneity. The artist selected several native plants of to create large-scale graphic photographic blueprints (cyanotypes) that have been printed on cotton fabric and arranged into an interwoven collective that frames, shapes, and distorts viewpoints of Hawaiʻi. Link in bio. #8x8_shangrila @b_kh_ng 📷 @oceanelyse

Chiho UshioShangri La 2020, 202063 in. × 35 in.Linoleum cut and Screen Print on PaperManuscript Gallery With its layered...
02/22/2021

Chiho Ushio
Shangri La 2020, 2020
63 in. × 35 in.
Linoleum cut and Screen Print on Paper
Manuscript Gallery

With its layered motifs, Ushio’s artwork is a visual interpretation of Hawaii's complex and hybrid cultural connections. Various symbols represent cross-cultural similarities while hues of blue and golden yellow represent the tilework, the glistening ocean, and the illuminating sunshine at Shangri La. #8x8_shangrila @chiholinolino 📷 @oceanelyse

Tom WalkerPrecipice, 202012 ft. x 44 in. x 28 in.PVC, cecontie, fiberglass, and spray paintTextile Gallery Walkerʻs scul...
02/16/2021

Tom Walker
Precipice, 2020
12 ft. x 44 in. x 28 in.
PVC, cecontie, fiberglass, and spray paint
Textile Gallery

Walkerʻs sculpture is a study of motion and stillness. The sculpture undulates in a seemingly gravity-defying arc, rising like a wave in a curling crest which gestures to the ocean break visible from multiple angles of the gallery. The viewer may see the shape of a wave or a surfboard, or even whale vertebrae or lava flow, or an abstract, voluminous shape balancing delicately and fleetingly. Link in bio. @and_the_devil 📷 @oceanelyse #8x8_shangrila

Kosta KulundzicThe Dervish I and II, 202072 in. x 64 in. (canvas)74 in. x 62 in. (acrylic ink on paper)Oil panting on ca...
02/08/2021

Kosta Kulundzic
The Dervish I and II, 2020
72 in. x 64 in. (canvas)
74 in. x 62 in. (acrylic ink on paper)
Oil panting on canvas; Acrylic ink on paper
Foyer

A French painter of Serbian ancestry, Kulundzic was struck "by the beauty of Hawaiʻi and that of its inhabitants", which stood in stark contrast to his ancestral country - a place that has been ravaged by war and sectarian violence. These works compare the feelings of eros that he perceives at Shangri La with the feelings he experiences when reading the ghazals (Persian poetry) also present at the museum. @kulundzic 📷 @oceanelyse #8x8_shangrila

Sai Bhatawadekar  Dance and choreography  Following a year marked by great loss, Bhatawadekar explores the places where ...
02/07/2021

Sai Bhatawadekar
Dance and choreography

Following a year marked by great loss, Bhatawadekar explores the places where we hold the memories of people we hold dear in the Mughal Gallery – the space around which Shangri La was built.

“This piece is a moment in my meditation on longing and loss, on those who have left us this year - loved ones, family, friends, artists, teachers. The last line of my poem is a quote: it is the first line of the song Aayat to which I dance.” - Sai Bhatawadekar

My body is your shrine;
these feet, wrists, and winding spine,
the twirling threads, their hemline
move per your form and design,
as I ponder, praise, and pine
for the once earthly, now divine.
“I have learned you by heart like a sacred sign.”
@sai.bhatawadekar 📷 @oceanelyse

This groundbreaking exhibition featuring artist Mark Milligan is not to be missed.  #blackexcellence #blackhistorymonth ...
02/03/2021

This groundbreaking exhibition featuring artist Mark Milligan is not to be missed. #blackexcellence #blackhistorymonth #blacklivesmatter

Reem BassousThe Bird Cage, 2020131 in. x 42 in.Acrylic and Graphite on Paper   Located in the Mughal Gallery, Bassous de...
02/02/2021

Reem Bassous
The Bird Cage, 2020
131 in. x 42 in.
Acrylic and Graphite on Paper

Located in the Mughal Gallery, Bassous depicts thirty unique birds in her artwork, creating an abstract that represents the strength of the individual and the power of the collective. Originally constructed as Doris Duke’s bedroom, the ornate gallery is ringed by “nets” of carved marble jali (screens), at once both luxurious and fearful, beautiful yet caged. @reembassous #8x8_shangrila 📷 @oceanelyse

Artist: Maya Portner Dance of the Tree of Life (After Matisse), 2020Acrylic and Graphite on Paper; Digital Embroidery on...
01/25/2021

Artist: Maya Portner
Dance of the Tree of Life (After Matisse), 2020
Acrylic and Graphite on Paper; Digital Embroidery on Cloth
Mihrab Hallway

Created specifically for the the Mihrab Hallway, artist Maya Portner draws on textiles in the museum's collection with "Tree of Life" motifs – a design that both Jewish and Arabic art have in common. Concerned with this tension between surface and depth, between appearances and meaning, Portner has created a personal tree of life with colors, shapes, and textures that respond directly to what she noticed at Shangri La - the visible surf break, the textiles on walls, and the lustrous mihrab. #8x8_shangrila

01/19/2021

Within Shangri La’s Ottoman Gallery, @actormosesgoods--one of Hawaii’s most gifted storytellers--dramatizes a series of captivating tales that came to him during his engagements with the museum. This performance ʻĀpapa Kūpikipikiʻō recounts the layered meanings at Shangri La.

Moses Goods is one of 16 artists featured in the new #8x8_shangrila online exhibition. Watch the rest of the Goods performance and other artworks by visiting the link in our bio!

🎥: @nmgnetwork @gerardelmore

New!  #8x8_shangrila exhibition is available to view online now. Link in bio.“#8x8_shangrila allows Shangri La to be a n...
01/15/2021

New! #8x8_shangrila exhibition is available to view online now. Link in bio.

“#8x8_shangrila allows Shangri La to be a nexus for curatorial-artist relationships in Hawai’i and provides exhibition space to showcase the richness of art-making in the islands. Hopefully, this will be an annual event as a tangible mark of our ongoing support for and involvement with the local artists in our community.” - Dr. Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

📸 @oceanelyse

#8x8_shangrila debuts online today. Hereʻs the link!https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/visit/exhibitions/8x8_shangrila/Duri...
01/12/2021

#8x8_shangrila debuts online today. Hereʻs the link!
https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/visit/exhibitions/8x8_shangrila/

During the summer of 2020, eight visual artists and eight performing artists were invited to create original artworks that respond to the concept of place at Shangri La. Each artist was entrusted with one of eight celebrated spaces to serve as both a creative prompt and exhibition space for their work. The result is a highly original exhibition of artists residing within Hawaii’s celebrated 808 area code that span creative platforms ranging from music, poetry, movement and dance, sculpture, canvas, and multimedia.
“While we had to pivot #8x8_shangrila to an online exhibit due to COVID-19, it did not diminish the sparks of hope, connection and conversation about the meaning of community amidst the maladies of 2020 convened by these artists. We are proud to provide a platform for these exceptional local artists at a time when their creative expression and advocacy is ripe for examination.” - Dr. Konrad Ng, Executive Director Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design.

📸: @oceanelyse

Our latest online exhibition opens on 1/11/21!#8x8_shangrila features new work by eight visual artists and eight perform...
01/10/2021

Our latest online exhibition opens on 1/11/21!

#8x8_shangrila features new work by eight visual artists and eight performing artists residing within Hawaii’s area code (808) responding to the concept of place at Shangri La. Each artist was entrusted with one of eight spaces at the museum to serve as a creative prompt and exhibition space for his/her/their work.

Featuring performances by…

@actormosesgoods
@doctabarz
@kahnma
@[email protected]@sai.bhatawadekar

and more!

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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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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
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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
Happy new year!