Passion for Perfection


Exhibition titlePassion for Perfection
Islamic art from the Khalili Collections
Date11 December 2010 to 17 April 2011
LocationDe Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square, Amsterdam
Opening timesDaily from 10.00 to 18.00
Thursdays until 22.00
Holiday closures25 December en 1 January
Public information line+31 (0)20 638 6909
Press conferenceThursday 9 December 2010, 11 a.m.
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Adults€ 15
Children aged 6-15€ 11,25
Children under 6free
Groups of 15 or moregratis
SummaryPassion for Perfection presents a selection of some 500 masterpieces from Professor Nasser D. Khalili’s famous collection of Islamic art. From 11 December 2010 to 17 April 2011, richly illuminated Qur’ans and manuscripts, paintings, gold jewellery, carpets, textiles, ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, metalwork, and stone and wood carvings will be on display in De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam. These works of art are of great historical significance and reflect the refinement and grandeur of Islamic art. This art is not exclusively religious in terms of content and function: many of the items are secular, intended for use in everyday life. Besides geometric motifs, arabesques and elegant scrolls, representations of human figures and animals also play a role. Because the artistic vocabulary of Islamic art is shaped to some extent by the spirit and doctrines of the Muslim faith, the art on display in the exhibition does not represent any single country or civilisation. Passion for Perfection illustrates the virtuoso expression of peoples who have been linked by Islam for over 1,400 years.
OrganizersHead of Exhibitions: Drs. Marlies Kleiterp
With the co-operation of: Drs. Vincent Boele and Catharina Koerts and thanks to Dr. Luitgard Mols
De Nieuwe Kerk is grateful to the curatorial team of the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art for their assistance
SponsorsThe exhibition is made possible by ABN AMRO, Founder of De Nieuwe Kerk, and by its main sponsors, KPMG and Staples/Corporate Express.
DesignExhibition: Siebe Tettero
Graphic design: Studio Berry Slok, Amsterdam
PublicationsThe exhibition will be accompanied by a souvenir publication in Dutch:
240 pages, 120 illustrations, 15 x 15 cm
Published by the Museum Shop, De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
€ 17.50 (provisional price)
A comprehensive catalogue in English will be published by Thames & Hudson.
AudiotourThe exhibition will be accompanied by an audio tour in Dutch providing additional information about the objects, price € 2 (to be confirmed).
Other tours & group visitsAdvance registration is required for group visits and independent tours. You can also reserve a tour led by one of the professional guides at De Nieuwe Kerk. For registration and reservations: +31 (0)20 626 81 68,
Public transportDe Nieuwe Kerk is on Dam Square, just a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station. All trams from Centraal Station (except line 26) go to the Dam stop.
ParkingThere are car parks at Centraal Station, next to the Bijenkorf, and on Nieuwezijds Kolk. Municipal parking website: (includes information in English).

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