• L’arche de Noé. L’étendard porte la profession de foi. 40,5 x 56 cm, Le Caire © Pierre et Micheline Centlivres 2 / 11
  • Al-Burâq aux ailes ocellées.Sur fond de ciel étoilé, dans un décor cachemirien. 25,2 x 35 cm, Lahore © Pierre et Micheline Centlivres 3 / 11
  • Femme en prière devant la Ka`ba et la mosquée de Médine. 31,2 x 45,2 cm, Lahore © Pierre et Micheline Centlivres 4 / 11
  • LOULOU D’AKI / AGENCE VU’. Madame Sharifi et ses filles portant des masques traditionnels. Les femmes ont commencé à porter ces masques lorsque l’île est devenu une colonie portugaise. Ces masques devaient les rendre moins attractive pour les étrangers. Iran, Queshm, mars 2015. Série "Près du rivage, Journal d’un voyage insulaire" 5 / 11
  • ANDREW QUILTY / OCULI / AGENCE VU’. Les silhouettes de jeunes filles, à travers un drap qui sépare les garçons des fillettes dans l’école du camp de réfugiés de Gulan pour les réfugiés du Nord Waziristan. Cette école, ouverte par le NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council), scolarise environ 2000 enfants du camp. Afghanistan, Province de Khost, 10 novembre 2014. 6 / 11
  • Jules Blancpain (Villeret, 1860-1914). Jeune fille d’Alger, 1897 Huile sur toile, 44,5 x 36,5 cm, collection privée 7 / 11
  • Frederick Arthur Bridgman (Tuskegee, 1847 – Rouen, 1928) La procession du taureau sacré, Osiris-Apis, 1879 Huile sur toile, 98 x 171 cm, collection privée 8 / 11
  • Auguste-Louis Veillon (Bex, 1834 – Genève, 1890) La rencontre au bord du puits, n.d. Huile sur toile, 47 x 79 cm, collection privée 9 / 11
  • ISABELLE ESHRAGHI / AGENCE VU’. Supporters venus assister au grand meeting d’Hassan Rohani sur la Place Naghshe Jahan. Iran, Ispahan, 14 mai 2017 10 / 11
  • SABAH SALMAN EL BASRI Technique mixte sur bois peint et gravé, 100 x 100 cm, collection privée 11 / 11



Faces of the Orient

This exhibition highlights an impressive series of popular images from Islamic countries. Selected from the extraordinary collection brought together by ethnologists Pierre and Micheline Centlivres-Demont, these inexpensive pictures, sold in the souks of the Middle East and neighbouring countries – from Morocco to Muslim India – show the East not exactly as it is but as it would like to be seen, where we learn that Muslim women are called on to support believers in their faith, that Saddam Hussein was revered as a hero in the fight for Islam against the West or that beautiful, tragic love stories are still as successful as ever with “Antar and Abla”, the tale of a poet-warrior born a slave in love with the noble daughter of an emir. 

Lasting for four months, the exhibition will be accompanied by occasional events in the hall on the ground floor, including debates about Islam, photo reportages, events involving contemporary artists, concerts, shows, and screenings, all of which will be linked to the theme of the exhibition. 



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