Museum für Islamische Kunst Honoured at the Museum & Heritage Awards 2018 in London


Under the title ‘Syria Initiative – Museum as Mediator of Shared Heritage’, the Museum für Islamische Kunst’s efforts to document and spread information about Syrian cultural heritage were highly commended in the category ‘International Award’ and it was the only participant to receive ‘special recognition’ [K1] in 12 categories. The jury said of the museum: ‘Impressive and timely, it not only protects the heritage and history of Syria but reminds us of our global responsibility.’

‘The Syria Initiative – Museum as Mediator of Shared Heritage’ comprises four of the Museum für Islamische Kunst’s projects: ‘Multaqa: Museum as Meeting Point’, which has already won multiple awards, in cooperation with three other museums and with the support of Alwaleed Philanthropies; the Syrian-Heritage-Archive Project with the DAI, supported by the Auswärtiges Amt since 2013; the Aleppo-Initiative, supported by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung; and the Interactive Heritage Map, supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

In a statement, Stefan Weber, director of the Museum für Islamische Kunst, said: ‘It is our vision to create a collective consciousness of cultural heritage – a heritage that connects us through history. We want to include a new public within the ongoing discussion about cultural heritage in time of war and social responsibility. The participants decide for themselves what defines cultural heritage and are involved on all levels. The projects have a strongly participative approach.’