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Reconsidered AFTER ONE HUNDRED YEARS: THE 1910 EXHIBITION "MEISTERWERKE MUHAMMEDANISCHER KUNST" RECONSIDERED Panel Discussion and International Conference Munich, 23-25 October 2008 The exhibition "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst" held in Munich in 1910 was one of the most comprehensive and most important exhibitions on Islamic Art in Europe. The impetus that propelled it was given by the Prince Regent of Bavaria, Luitpold. His interest in displaying the superb Persian carpets of the treasury of the House of Wittelsbach in Munich ended up in the mammoth show of 1910 with 3.600 artefacts. The director of the exhibition committee, Hugo von Tschudi, and the academic experts involved in forming the concept and its realisation - among them Friedrich Sarre, Ernst Kühnel, Max von Berchem, F.R. Martin, and Ernst Dietz - aimed at endowing Islamic art "a place equal to that of other cultural periods". It is generally accepted that this exhibition gave a new impulse to the reception of Islamic art in the West and was therefore a turning point in the so-far orientalist‹ view of and romantic passion for Muslim art and culture. PANEL DISCUSSION Changing Views. Islamic Art - A Matter of Definition? with Catherine David (Paris) Salah M. Hassan (Cornell University, USA) Avinoam Shalem (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) Gerhard Wolf (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) Date: October 23, 2008, at 20.00 h Venue: Haus der Kunst Prinzregentenstr. 1 80538 München Today, almost 100 years after the path-breaking exhibition "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst", we are more than ever faced with the question whether the Islamic world and its arts can be regarded as homogeneous and monolithic. Is there a "common spirit", as the curators of the 1910 exhibition assumed? And if there is, of what does it consist? Are we freed of the stereotypes concerning Islamic art? Do we regard oriental art and culture on an equal level with that given to the arts of the west? To what extent do we have to modify the concept of "we" and "the other" in today's globalized world, in which Islam has become a component of western societies? - This and further questions will be in the focus of this panel discussion. Co-organized by Haus der Kunst München Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München ---- INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE After One Hundred Years: The 1910 Exhibition “Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst” Reconsidered Concept and Organization: Prof. Avinoam Shalem Ph.D. and Dr. Andrea Lermer Institute of Art History Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Date: October 24-25, 2008 Venue: Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft München e.V. (IBZ) Amalienstraße 38 D-80799 Munich With the celebration of 100 years of "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst" in 2010, several museums in Munich as well as the Bavarian State Library in this city are going to organise a series of exhibitions on Islamic art, architecture and culture, all to be held in 2010. Forming part of the preparation for these events, the conference in October 2008 aims at shedding new light on aspects concerning the historical context of the exhibition in 1910, its organisation, realisation and particular display, its reception in the West and its influence on the study of Islamic art in general. Program Friday, October 24, 2008 9.00 h Registration 9.15 h Introduction I. The exhibition 9.30 h David J. Roxburgh, Cambridge, Mass. "Against fairytale splendor": The Exhibition "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst", Munich 1910, in Historical Perspective 10.00 h Eva-Maria Troelenberg, Munich History within: The Object as an Agent, the Exhibition as a Narrative? 10.30 h Discussion 11.00 h Break 11.30 h Jens Kröger, Berlin Ernst Kühnel, the 1910 Exhibition "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst" and the Field of Islamic Art 12.00 h Claus-Peter Haase, Berlin Arabic Calligraphy for Non-Arabic Readers: Examples of Aesthetic Choices in the Art of Writing 12.30 h Discussion 13.00 h Lunch break II. The Context 14.30 h Robert Hillenbrand, Edinburgh Islamic Art History before 1914: Franco-German Rivalry 15.00 h Stephen Vernoit, Tangier Hispano-Moresque Art in European Collections, c. 1910 15.30 h Discussion 16.00 h Break 16.30 h Ebba Koch and Amely Haslauer, Vienna Islamic Art in Vienna around 1900 and the Munich Exhibition "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst" of 1910 17.00 h Discussion Saturday, October 25, 2008 9.30 h Klaus Kreiser, Berlin Bayern zwischen Fez und Pickelhaube 10.00 h Joachim Kaak, Munich Hugo von Tschudi, die Ausstellung von "Meisterwerken muhammedanischer Kunst" und die Moderne 10.30 h Discussion 11.00 h break III. The Impact 11.30 h Annette Hagedorn, Berlin Der Einfluß der Ausstellung "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst" auf die zeitgenössische Kunst 12.00 h Discussion 12.30 h Lunch break 14.00 h Lorenz Korn, Bamberg "Meisterwerke muhammedanischer Kunst" - Highlights of Persian Art in the Munich Exhibition and Its Aftermath 14.30 h Steffen Krämer, Munich Le Corbusier and the "Voyage d'Orient" 1911: Influences of Islamic Architecture on his Work in the Era of Classical Modernism 15.00 h Discussion 15.30 h Break 16.00 h Doris Behrens Abouseif, London Import of the Ideology of Style 16.30 h Final Discussion Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.kunstgeschichte.uni-muenchen.de The conference has been made possible by the generous support of: Freundeskreis des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte der Universität München e.V. Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut Münchener Universitätsgesellschaft. 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