The museum changes its exhibits every few months, and right now it’s embracing “Tradition Interrupted” – where international artists merge traditional craftsmanship with modern ideas.
“KMA is really unique in that we are a non-collecting institution, so all of our exhibits are special programs,” says KMA curator Emily Handlin.
Each piece breaks down known stereotypes in different ways.
Like a traditional Middle Eastern rug that seems to be melting away – but it can also be interpreted as symbolizing the collapse of the standard oil industry in that part of the world.
Or skateboards topped with a Muslim prayer rug. It’s designed to resemble the motion of a kickflip, but combining praying and skateboarding highlights some hidden similarities.
An exhibition with porcelain take-out containers is particularly intriguing. “It makes us think about how we go through these kinds of restoration rituals now. For example, where we used to all eat together, maybe on china plates, now we eat in our cars in these take-out containers. So it highlights that cultural difference,” says Handlin.
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