Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art was the result of a collaboration between the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha, Qatar with students and teachers from the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The unifying theme of the exhibition was the preservation of the traditional arts of the Islamic world – in themes and materials – in the present day and the role of education in both transmission and translation.
Half of the exhibition's 36 objects are historical pieces from MIA's masterpiece collection; the products of four great dynasties with connections to Afghanistan: the Ghaznavids, Timurids, Mughals and Safavids.
The other half of the objects were created specifically for the exhibition by students and teachers of the Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul, in response to, and in conversation with, the historical objects. The Institute is an initiative of the Kabul-based Turquoise Mountain Trust, a UK charity under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales and founded by Rory Stewart MP, OBE.