Friday, June 29, 2018

Saudi Prince donates $10 million to Berlin’s Museum of Islamic Art

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Multaka guide leads a group tour in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Photo: Milena Schlösser.
BERLIN, Germany---Alwaleed Bin Talal, the billionaire investor, philanthropist, and member of the Saudi royal family, has donated $10 million to the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, which is housed within the Pergamon Museum, in order to support its exhibitions and educational programming. Gifted through his Riyadh-based charitable foundation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, the monies, which will be distributed over the next ten years, will also fund a permanent display of Islamic art to be installed at the Pergamon Museum following a major renovation project, which will be completed in 2026, as well as the institution’s Multaka program, which trains refugees to be museum guides. “We are happy to have found a partner with Alwaleed Philanthropies,” said Stefan Weber, director of the Museum of Islamic Art. [More]