- What’s On
The Volkmanntreffen 2015 will take place in collaboration with the Museum of Islamic Art at the weekend Oct. 16th through 18th, 2015 in Berlin.
It was a stroke of luck when a few years ago the Museum for Arts and Crafts in Hamburg was able to purchase a half of a Safavid carpet with spiral tendrils, because it soon became clear that this was the other half of a Safavid carpet in the possession of the Museum [Berlin] since 1967 and believed lost. In a unique act of cooperation both halves were conserved in the restoration lab of the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art and now, since the re-installation of the Gallery for Islamic Art of the Hamburg Museum in April of this year, one of the highlights in the five rooms of the permanent collection.
Anna Beselin, director of the lavish reconstruction, will speak about the preliminary investigations and discussion leading to the two halves being brought together. The Hamburg curator Nora von Achenbach proves in her presenttion that lotus, cloud bands and fabulous animals, all motifs in Chinese art, found their way into Islamic art and greatly influenced it.
Papers will also be given by May Beattie Fellow, Jon Thompson, on Timurid illumination and by Ivan Szánto on the Esterhaázy appliqué. There will be a film report on the Darius Carpet in the Poldi-Pezzoli Museum in Milan. Reingard Neumann will speak on early oriental carpet production in Germany and Markus Voight on 20th century carpet production in Germany.