Islamic Art and the Museum provides a historical and conceptual analysis of Islamic art and documents the successes and failings of its presentation in museums worldwide. The contributors challenge existing notions on the research, methodology, and analysis of Islamic art and investigate the extent to which socio-historical and anthropological approaches result in new analytical perspectives. They also examine the difficulties that need to be overcome when presenting Islamic art to avoid reducing the objects merely to the visual and aesthetic.
Museums covered in detail include Brooklyn Museum's Arts of the Islamic World Galleries and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario.
Edited by Benoît Junod, Georges Khalil, Stefan Weber, and Gerhard Wolf.
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About the Author
Benoît Junod: Benoît Junod is the Director of the Museums and Exhibitions Unit of Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Georges Khalil: Georges Khalil is the Director of the Berlin-based research programme ‘Europe in the Middle East The Middle East in Europe’ (EUME).
Stefan Weber: Stefan Weber is the Director of the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
Gerhard Wolf: Gerhard Wolf is the Director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut / Max-Planck Institute in Florence.
Table of Contents
Islamic Art and the Museum Benoit Junod Georges Khalil Stefan Weber Gerhard Wolf 11
1 The Role of the Museum in the Study and Knowledge of Islamic Art Oleg Grabar 17
2 A Concert of Things: Thoughts on Objects of Islamic Art in the Museum Context Stefan Weber 28
Representations of Islamic Art
3 The Concept of Islamic Art: Inherited Discourses and New Approaches Gülru Necipoglu 57
4 Islamic Art at a Crossroads? Nasser Rabbat 76
5 Intrinsic Goals and External Influence: On Some Factors Affecting Research and Presentation of Islamic Art Lorenz Korn 84
6 The Study of Islamic Art at a Crossroads, and Humanity as a Whole Kirsten Scheid 90
7 Preliminary Thoughts on an Entangled Presentation of "Islamic Art" Vera Beyer 95
Context and Aesthetics
8 Multivalent Paradigms of Interpretation and the Aura or Anima of the Object Avinoam Shalem 101
9 The Stuff of History: Everyday Objects, the Construction of Ambiguous Meanings, and the "Afterlife" of Social Things Christian Sassmannshausen 116
10 The Cultural Turn, the Spatial Turn and the Writing of Middle Eastern History Gudrun Krämer 115
11 The Power of Layers or the Layers of Power? The Social Life of Things as the Backbone of New Narratives Beshara Doumani 129
11 A Historian's Task: Make Sure the Object Does Not Turn Against Itself in the Museum Munir Fakher Eldin 135
13 Aesthetics Versus Context? Towards New Strategies for the Study of the Object Martina Müller-Wiener 139
14 Islamic Art Versus Material Culture: Museum of Islamic Art or Museum of Islamic Culture? Julia Gonnella 144
Foundation and Change
15 Subthemes and Overpaint: Exhibiting Islamic Art in American Art Museums Mary McWilliams 151
16 Early Islamic Art History in Germany and Concepts of Object and Exhibition Jens Kröger 173
17 Islamic Art and the Invention of the "Masterpiece": Approaches in Early Twentieth-Century Scholarship Eva Troelenberg 183
18 "The Jameel Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London: Working from Vision to Reality Juliette Fritsch 189
19 Do You Speak Islamic Art? The Museological Laboratory Christine Gerbich Susan Kamel Susanne Lanwerd 201
10 Museums of Islamic Art and Public Engagement Seif El-Rashidi 209
11 Museums and Their Formation Miriam Kühn 215
Examples from the Museum World
22 Concepts Behind the New Installation of Islamic Art in the David Collection Kjeld von Folsach 225
23 The Option of "Interim" Reinstallation: Brooklyn Museum's Arts of the Islamic World Galleries Ladan Akbarnia 232
24 The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Oliver Watson 264
25 Islamic Art in the Hermitage Museum: Projects and Plans Anton D. Pritula 270
26 Islamic Art at the British Museum: Strategies and Petspectives Fahmida Suleman 276
27 The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto Benoit Junod 285
28 New Spaces for Old Treasures: Plans for the New Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum Stefan Weber 293
29 "A Wooden Room with Many Doors…": Social, Physical and Intellectual Accessibility at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin Christine Gerbieh 321
Notes on Contributors 363
Illustration Credits 371