9:00AM, 10:30AM & 12:00PM
For the first time, Shangri La will open the historic Damascus Room, a collection highlight of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, to the public on July 7 following several years of conservation work. The Damascus Room includes an elaborately painted and gilded wood ceiling dateable to 1830 and similarly ornamented wall panels with cartouches adorned with gold calligraphy. Acquired by Doris Duke in the early 1950s from the firm Asfar & Sarkis of Damascus, the late Ottoman period room features luxury trade items such as ceramic plates and silk velvets from Turkey;
glassware from Iran and Bohemia; and hanging enameled lamps from North Africa.
On July 7, tours will focus on the Damascus Room and the related Syrian Room (a second Damascene interior in the DDFIA collection) followed by a open house. In addition to enjoying these polychrome reception rooms with their elaborate floral patterns, brightly colored paints, and shimmering metal leaf, visitors will learn about Duke's travels in Syria in 1938 and 1952; the acquisition of the Damascus Room from Asfar & Sarkis; and the conservation efforts of the last several years.
Tickets: $20 Hawai'i Resident, $25 Non-Resident
All tours originate at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Reservations are required and can be booked by calling (808) 532-3685.
The mission of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) is to promote the study and understanding of Islamic arts and cultures.
DDFIA, © 2002
DDFIA pursues its mission in two ways:
- Through Shangri La in Honolulu, which is owned and supported by DDFIA and undertakes a range of activities as a center for learning about Islamic arts and cultures; and
- Through the Building Bridges Program, which is based in New York and awards grants to promote the use of arts and media to improve Americans' understanding of Muslim societies.
Based in New York, DDFIA is one of three operating foundations supported by the