ARTicle Departments — 06 April 2013
Lost horizons found at The Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach rediscovers the architecture, landscape and treasures of Doris Duke’s Shangri La

 Visitors to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach will experience a bit of Shangri La now through July 14. No, not the mythical Himalayan city of harmony and long life, but the Shangri La of the late tobacco heiress Doris Duke, the home in Honolulu she dubbed her “Spanish-Moorish-Persian-Indian” complex. A world traveler, Duke was so taken by Islamic art and architecture, including the Taj Mahal, that she spent a lifetime collecting Islamic treasures and creating gardens inspired by those in Muslim countries. Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art, includes textiles, ceramics, furniture, carved doors and gold and silver dining ware that span the centuries.“Doris Duke’s encounters with the Islamic world were transformative and Shangri La is her paean to the places and traditions she loved,” says Deborah Pope, Executive Director of Shangri La, which is now a center for Islamic art and cultures.–Kingsley Guy  


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