Inspired by traditional Persian and Mughal manuscripts and classical Japanese painting, discover imaginary miniature worlds filled with fantastical creatures in this retrospective which draws from contemporary artist Maha Ahmed's personal experiences. Featuring the museum's first immersive AR (augmented reality) experience, with artworks brought to life through digital animation.
Maha Ahmed's work takes inspiration from traditional Persian and Mughal manuscripts and classical Japanese painting, creating imaginary worlds and fantastical creatures which draw from her personal experiences. This fusion of different cultural traditions and art forms reflects the interiors and collections of Leighton House, making the museum uniquely placed to host an exhibition of Ahmed's work.
Alongside existing work, a new commissioned piece inspired by Leighton House and its rich interiors, will be on display. The exhibition also features the museum's first immersive AR (augmented reality) experience, with artworks brought to life through digital animation.
The first contemporary show in the newly designed drawings gallery - located in the museum's modern wing - to mark the occasion, Ahmed will paint mini murals of her fantastical creatures on the gallery walls, inviting visitors to step into her world.
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12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ
020 7361 3783
Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am – 5:30pm
Last entry 4:30pm
In October 2022 Leighton House completed a major redevelopment that has provided the museum with improved visitor facilities, additional exhibition space, a dedicated learning centre and a brand new cafe overlooking the garden, all located in a new wing which also houses a welcoming reception area and shop.
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