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Contemporary art

The sky and the night

50 min visit

Paris
Institute of Islamic Cultures
19 Sep → 9 Feb 2020

« The miles and one nights during an exhibition »

This winter, as the days shorten and the night seems so enveloping, the Institute of Islamic Cultures invites us to keep an eye out for the secrets and meanings that the night shelters. Islam and night cultivate particular affinities. From the science of the stars to the mystical impulse, from the vigil to the dream, from the sacred text to rituals, the night world inhabits the imagination of Islamic cultures. The night is a major and initiatory experience. In a real poetic stroll in the dark, eighteen artists from Africa, the Middle East and Europe question our perception of the night world. A geography of our nights is recreated. First, the dark night as a source of revelations where mysticism and science seem to be one; then the disturbing night where everything seems to escape from us; finally the artificial nights made of illusions. Familiar and confusing, they invite you to turn off the light and open your eyes wide.

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