"Masterpieces of the World" – A Landmark Partnership between Wikimedia UK and the Khalili Collections | the Wikimedia UK blog!
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Wikimedia UK is launching a landmark partnership with the UK-based Khalili Collections – one of the greatest and most comprehensive private collections in the world. Over the course of five decades, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Professor Nasser D. Khalili has assembled eight of the world’s finest art collections – each being the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. They comprise:
- Islamic Art (700-2000)
- Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage (700-2000)
- Aramaic Documents (535BC-324 BC)
- Japanese Art of the Meiji Period (1868-1912)
- Japanese Kimono (1700-2000)
- Swedish Textiles (1700-1900)
- Spanish Damascened Metalwork (1850-1900)
- Enamels of the World (1700-2000)
Together, the Eight Collections comprise some 35,000 works, many of which have been exhibited at prestigious museums and institutions worldwide.
As part of the “Masterpieces of the World” project, the Khalili Collections will initially release a thousand high resolution images on Creative Commons licenses, as well as summaries of its extensive research content relating to artwork and objects from around the world. The Collections plans to continue working with Wikimedia UK to further share knowledge about art on Wikimedia platforms and increase the visibility of cultures and art forms that are currently under-represented on Wikipedia.