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Reopening of the Islamic Art Collection

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) presents its collection of Islamic art with a redesigned concept and on an increased area of floorspace. Against the background of growing public interest in Muslim cultures, the new-style exhibition wants to enable visitors to experience Islam as a cultural phenomenon and one of the world’s great religions in all its historical, geographical, social and political diversity. As has already been done with the redesigned Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism sections, the presentation focuses on central aspects characteristic of this culture with its more than 14 centuries of organic growth: the great diversity of Islamic cultures, their interaction and the transfer of knowledge with the ancient Orient, East Asian and European cultures, the importance of the religious dimension for artistic production. As a foil to these topics, there will be works by contemporary artists who grapple with the theme of Islam. Some 250 objects will be on show – examples of architecture, tiled surfaces, ceramics, carpeting, textiles with metal sheathing, bibliographic art, damascened metal vessels, as well as films and graphic novels. Thanks to funds made available by the Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlungen, it was possible to acquire four outstanding objects for the new-look Islamic Collection. The new presentation has been generously supported by the following gallery sponsors: the Stiftung Jürgen und Monika Blankenburg, the Justus Brinckmann Gesellschaft, the Herbert-Pumplun-Stiftung, Veronika und Volker Putz-Stiftung and Freunde von Peter Schmidt.

Ill.: Tiled Arch, Ottoman dynasty, Mid 16th Century, Iznik/Turkey, glazed fritware, photo: Maria Thrun/MKG | exhibition views, photo: Luther/Fellenberger