Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art

March 21, 2013 - July 14, 2013

Doris Duke’s Shangri La will be the first comprehensive traveling exhibition of objects from Duke’s remarkable collections, within the context of Shangri-La, her extraordinary Hawaii residence, and her personal role in collecting and commissioning works. Situated amidst five acres of interlocking terraced gardens and pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu’s Diamond Head, Shangri La powerfully reflects Duke’s life-long aesthetic passions. Shangri La incorporates unique architectural features such as carved marble doorways, decorated sliding panels known as jalis, gilt and coffered ceilings, and floral ceramic tiles. The interiors weave together artifacts such as silk textiles, jewel-toned chandeliers, and rare ceramics, many collected during her extensive international travels. This exhibition brings together furnishings and objects from Shangri La, newly commissioned photographs by Tim Street-Porter, vintage photographs and films, including documentation of the estate’s construction, original architectural drawings, and ephemera to explore the history and experience of this remarkable place. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog published by Skira/Rizzoli.

This exhibition was organized by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.