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A Gallery in a Book. Islamic Albums

20.04.2018 to 08.07.2018
Pergamonmuseum

The creation of albums (muraqqa) was common in parts of the Islamic world from the 15th century onwards. Featuring outstanding examples produced under the rule of the Islamic Mughal emperors (1526–1858) in India, this exhibition provides an overview of this special form of art collection. The albums were commissioned by art lovers and functioned as mobile galleries.

Sheets with completed drawings and calligraphy as well as sketches and drafts were given a unified format using frames known as passepartouts, and bound as books. The covers and passepartouts were usually elaborately decorated, a testament to how treasured these sheets were. The selection of the sheets is different for every album, reflecting the personal tastes of the person who commissioned them.

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James-Simon-Galerie, Bodestraße
10178 Berlin

partially wheelchair accessible
Please note: Pergamonmuseum is exclusively entered through James-Simon-Galerie!
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All groups meet at the information desk at the upper foyer in James-Simon-Galerie, entering by using the big stairway.
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Due to a technical issue, the lift is out of service until further notice, meaning the Museum für Islamische Kunst is not currently wheelchair accessible. The major architectural exhibits – such as the Processional Way, featuring the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus – are still accessible to people with mobility issues. 

 

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