Chester Beatty Library

Showing Perfection

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The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin is home to one of the world’s finest collections of middle eastern and oriental artefacts. Among the countless astoundingly beautiful objects on show, however, The Ruzbihan Qur’an stands tall. Our challenge was to display a total of 53 folios and pages from The Ruzbihan Qur’an and other supporting documents from the collection.

The Solutions

The key elements of the work are colour and shape. Like a lot of Islamic art, the imagery is made up of geometric shapes, avoiding depiction of living beings. We homed in on the geometry and the colour, creating a hand rendered font called ‘Lapis & Gold’ to complement the colours and styles of the work itself, throughout the displays and digital showreels projected in the exhibition.

I worked with Open Design & Digital on the exhibition ‘Seven Treasures: Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’. I found the team very professional to deal with, they met all deadlines efficiently and provided creative and attractive designs for both the exhibition space and the accompanying exhibition graphics. I am pleased to recommend them for exhibition design projects.

Laura Muldowney - Head of Research, East Asian Collections Chester Beatty Library

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