Exhibition Details

Location: Asian Art Galleries
Dates: January 26, 2019
to May 26, 2019


Unknown, Portfolio with Eight-Pointed Star and Geometric Motifs, Algeria, before 1928. Leather, gold. Newark Museum Purchase.
Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place is the first exhibition on art and Islam at Phoenix Art Museum in more than two decades. Organized by the Newark Museum, the exhibition showcases more than 100 works of art from around the world and spanning a millennium and includes calligraphy, textiles, jewelry, paintings, clothing, musical instruments, and more.
Unlike previous national and international exhibitions on art and Islam, Wondrous Worlds is organized around the Five Pillars of Islam rather than geography, time period, or material. Objects on view range from religious to recreational items and were created in the tradition of Islam by both Muslim and non-Muslim artists. Along with traditional examples, the exhibition also features contemporary works to illustrate the living legacy of art and Islam. 
Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place is organized by the Newark Museum.
Its premiere at Phoenix Art Museum is made possible through the generosity of:
Exhibition Endowment Fund
Supported by:
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation





The official exhibition catalogue takes the most expansive and inclusive vision of how many art practices have historically intersected with Islam and how they continue to do so. Through key works of art, this publication examines trade relationships between regions as well as intercultural exchanges within smaller geographic areas.






Circles Exhibition Preview
Thursday, January 24  |  6–7:30 pm

Members’ Exhibition Preview Day
Friday, January 25  |  10 am–5 pm

Members' Morning
Saturday, January 26  |  9:30 am–noon



Wednesday, February 20 | Noon–1 pm
Saturday, March 2 | 2–4 pm
Saturday, April 6 | 2–4 pm



Free for Museum Members, Military, and youth aged 5 and under; included with General Admission. 

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General Admission:

$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID) 
— Children (Ages 6-17)

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Media images and credit lines: Download here
Press Release: Download here
Comunicado de prensa: 
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Media Contact: Margaree Bigler, Public Relations Manager, margaree.bigler@phxart.org


Molded Luster Tile with Sentence Fragment in Raised Calligraphy, Floral and Geometric Motifs, Kashan, Iran, first half of the 13th century. Molded fritware polychrome painted over white slip under transparent glaze. Newark Museum Purchase, Gift of Herman A. E. Jaehne and Paul C. Jaehne.

A Single Earring with Floral Motifs (double-sided image), Iran, Qajar Period (1789–1925). Gold, enamel, pearls. Newark Museum Purchase.

Wall Tile with Turquoise Saz Leaf, Blue Hyacinth, and Sections of Red and Blue Palmettes, Iznik, Turkey, late 16th or early 17th century, Ottoman Period (1299–1922). Fritware polychrome painted over white slip under transparent glaze. Newark Museum Purchase.