The Detroit Institute of Arts will open a revamped Ancient Middle East gallery on Oct. 2. The 2855 sq. ft. gallery on the first floor of the museum includes remarkable art from the ancient empires of Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Rome and the Arabian Kingdom—modern day Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Yemen. ‘The reinstallation and reopening of our Ancient Middle East gallery is exciting news and adds to the already long list of reasons for new and returning visitors to enjoy our great museum,” said Eugene A. Gargaro, DIA chairman of the board. “I’d like to thank them for their valued support of our DIA.’ The DIA’s collection of ancient Middle Eastern art includes more than 500 works spanning over 8,500 years (8000 BCE to 650 CE). The Ancient Middle East gallery will display 177 key pieces in an installation that illuminates the connections between ever-advancing technologies and sophisticated art forms durin

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