Saturday, November 14, 2015

Curator politics in displaying Islamic art are up for discussion at Abu Dhabi event

THE NATIONAL
By Nick Leech
Visitors in 2010 at the newly refurbished Islamic Art Museum in downtown Cairo. The museum was badly damaged in a suicide car bombing in 2014. Khaled Desouki / AFP Photo
EGYPT---The symbolic power of public displays of Islamic treasures - lustrous ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, embroidered silks, carved ivories, fine carpets and intricate scientific instruments - is a powerful tool that has long been used by caliphs and sultans and more recently by art historians and museum curators alike. “We are not a museum of Islamic art, we are exhibiting Islamic art within a global vision and with a global approach that will address the relations, the common ground and the differences between Europe and Asia. [link]