With 94 selected examples from international collections of Persian art, The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia illuminates the significant role of the colour blue in the visual and material culture of Iran, demonstrating how it gained a timeless quality in the Persian cultural domain and how it exerted impact on the shaping of other artistic traditions in Asia and beyond. Having been exploited in different media and time spans, ranging from pottery, tilework, the art of the loom, manuscript painting to glasswork, blue became an essential ingredient in the arts of pre-contemporary West Asia. Even though such traditions now face challenges to their survival, Persian blue will remain immortal as one of the best manifestations of the artistic sensibilities cultivated at the crossroads of Eurasia.
Curated by Dr. Yuka Kadoi, The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia is not only the first, but also the most dedicated and comprehensive exhibition surveying different aspects of the colour blue in Persian art and history in Hong Kong. Collaborating with eleven major institutions worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum in the United Kingdom; the David Collection in Denmark; the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore; and the Freer and Sackler Gallery Archives in the United States of America, the exhibition draws from an unparalleled scale of collaboration between a Hong Kong private museum and public international institutions with a united purpose in showcasing Persian decorative art to Asian audiences. Complementing these are also objects generously loaned from private collectors in Hong Kong.
(Photo: Calligraphic Composition, USA, 2005, ink, colour and gold on paper, 27.6 x 25.8cm, ©Asian Civilisations Muesum, Singapore)