|Facade of the Institut du Monde Arabe|
From the inside, each window looks like a big black and white quilt pattern. These eyes are wide open
while these are in various stages of being closed.
The overall effect is a stunning wall of light and shadow that is constantly changing.
The first four floors of the building are devoted to research and conference rooms where cultural dialogue, the mission of the Institute, between France and 18 Middle East and North African nations takes place. The museum and art displays are housed on floors four through seven. They feature the art, music, science and everyday life of the Arab countries represented. There is an impressive collection of astrolabes as well as religious texts and icons from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, a reminder that all three of these world's great religions came from this common source.
This beautiful robe of multiple layers of gossamer-thin fabric was part of a display about the hammam and would have been worn after bathing was complete.