Wednesday, 13 January 2010, 7.00 pm | 
Pergamonmuseums, Mschatta-Saal, Am Kupfergraben, 10178 Berlin

The Role of the Museum in the Study and Knowledge of Islamic Art - The Past and the Future


Lecture: Oleg Grabar

Abstract

The lecture marks the beginning of the workshop ”Layers of Islamic Art and the Museum Context”. 
In recent years several Museums have reorganized their galleries of Islamic Art and developed new approaches towards their aesthetical and contextual presentation. While museums and galleries increasingly become important forums for public interest in Muslim Cultures, there has been little discussion on content, categories of order and their new role in the light of modern Museology and Museum pedagogy. This is true to a certain degree for the contextual research on objects of Islamic Art. What are the stories embedded in objects and how can they be told?

We invite you to explore these themes in a workshop entitled Layers of Islamic Art and the Museum Context. The workshop will coincide with the projects of re-conventionalizing the Museum for Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin and designing the new Museum for the Aga Khan Collection in Toronto. These two and similar projects of international partners shall provide the opportunity to rethink our concepts of Islamic Art and its communication in public display.