For more than a decade, domestic political debate has been dominated by the question of how a diverse society influenced by migration can be organised. Muslims are in particular focus in this discussion. The fronts appear to be hardening, with those stirring up fears of “Islam” gaining power – a development confirmed by the latest election results. Museums and collections of Islamic art are now faced with the question of how political they have to be in the current situation. To what extent is it their task to help shape societal change by taking a clear position? How might they use their collections to develop content that can deliver answers to the questions of a changing and uncertain society? Which formats are suitable for this? And how can they counter the danger of speaking for the minority rather than giving it a voice?

Participants in the discussion:
Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin),
Yannick Linz (Louvre Museum, Paris),
Massumeh Farhad (Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Washington)
and Lamya Kaddor.

Museums and the Islam Debate: How Political are Cultural Institutions?

Global Perspectives on Collections

Lecture series | Panel discussion

Offers for: Adults
Date: Sat 23.11.2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: James-Simon-Galerie
Price: Free of Charges
Registration: no booking/prior registration required
Exhibitions: Art of Islamic CulturesTrans-cultural Relations, Global Biographies – Islamic Art?
Collection: Museum für Islamische Kunst
Event serie: WEITWINKEL

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