I love shadows in museums

The Islamic Art Museum in Doha was designed by the great I.M. Pei. It is a thing of beauty. I’ll post about the museum itself more tomorrow.

Inside, there were many fine exhibits, but one thing caught my eye particularly: the shadows. Sometimes museum lighting causes multiple shadows on the wall or display table, and, in this case, they were more exciting then the pieces itself. Generally, I am taken by the odd shadows of a Rococco frame in the Art Institute of Chicago since it has so many edges. But in this case, the three shadows come together to create different layers and depths of this simple circular shadow. It contrasted elegantly with the detail of the piece itself.

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