New Gallery of Islamic Art to Open at Detroit Institute of Arts in February

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DETROIT, MI.- The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will open its long-awaited new gallery of Islamic art on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. The new gallery includes works of art from the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, Central Asia and India, and spans the 7th–early 20th-centuries. The gallery was initially to be part of the museum’s renovation and reinstallation project that was completed in 2007, but was delayed until funding could be secured. The Islamic collection will be on view in a larger space than was previously allocated. In addition, the new gallery incorporates significant works of art on loan from nine public and private collections. Most of these are long-term loans to the DIA, but manuscripts