Longing for Mecca
This exhibition offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam's most important pilgrimage. Millions of people travel to Makkah each year, including thousands of Dutch. It is one of the world's biggest religious, spiritual and cultural phenomena. What attracts these pilgrims? What impressions and experiences move them on the road, when they reach their destination and when they come back? For centuries the pilgrimage to Makkah has inspired many artists and rulers to create spectacular works of art. More than 300 appealing pieces from important collections of Islamic art are brought together. The curated pieces span a wide range from the 10th century to the present day and from China and Indonesia to Turkey and Morocco.