MYSTICAL TALES SET TO TANTALISE PARIS

Full of flying carpets, genies, love and battle, the “One Thousand and One Nights” exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris explores the roots of the folk tales and their powerful influence in the West. Through some 350 manuscripts, artworks, artefacts and film clips, the show traces the tales’ journey from their origin in Indian and Persian folklore, to their translation into Arabic in the eighth century. It highlights how the French Orientalist Antoine Galland brought the “Nights” to Western audiences in 1704, translating a manuscript of 35 original tales, and weaving in 35 others gleaned from his studies of the region.

The exhibition runs at the IMA till 28 April 2013.