East-West: Objects Between Cultures
Free entry
Tate Britain: Exhibition
1 September 200618 February 2007
Miniature portrait Abbas Mirza

Miniature portrait of ‘Abbas Mirza
England about 1825
Enamelled and gilded porcelain, 66 x 53 mm

Lent by the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art

Tate Britain displays British art from 1500 to the present. East-West: Objects Between Cultures explores Christian-Muslim encounters and exchanges over the past five hundred years by introducing a selection of related objects into the Collection displays. Rather than impose a rigid version of this complex history, fresh connections are suggested between traditions, objects and historical contexts.

The variety of objects on display provides an insight into the relationship between societies sometimes considered distinct. This is revealed in the hybrid nature of many of these artefacts, which have been formed and transformed between cultures. Some represent mercantile goods, some document the establishment of Muslim communities in Britain, while others reflect contemporary politics. It is hoped that this project will challenge static ideas of national history, art and identity.

Curated by Matthew Birchwood, Matthew Dimmock and Lisa Jardine.

Organised to coincide with the Festival of Muslim Cultures.