via the Star, 10 December 2023: The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM), the largest museum of Islamic arts in Southeast Asia, is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary on December 12. Located in Kuala Lumpur, IAMM is known for its extensive collection of over 13,000 paintings and artifacts, offering a serene and inclusive space for all visitors. The museum, supported by the Albukhary Foundation, plays a vital role in promoting Islamic art and culture, bridging gaps between the Islamic world and other cultures.
The museum became a staple in the itinerary of foreign dignitaries visiting Malaysia and has welcomed numerous royals, presidents and prime ministers from around the world. The most recent is Prince Albert of Monaco, who was on an official trip to Malaysia at the end of last month.
Every year, the museum organises about three to four theme-based exhibitions that run for between four and six months. Curators work hard to shed new light on the selected theme so that visitors can leave feeling nourished with new knowledge.
The exhibitions are usually accompanied by workshops and lectures popular with young people as well as scholars. It would be good to see more non-Muslim participation at these hands-on workshops, where we can learn arts and crafts.