The Houston Museum of Fine Arts is launching a $3.5 million project to expand its Islamic art galleries that are part of its permanent collection.
The project is slated to be unveiled next year.
It will double the size of the Islamic art galleries to around 6,000 square feet, reconfiguring a space that now houses the museum’s library.
The project includes construction of an adjoining courtyard that will reflect architectural elements of traditional Islamic gardens.
Currently, the museum’s Islamic art collection includes more than 14,000 pieces and long-term loans from prominent collections, including that of Kuwaiti collector Hossein Afshar.