The exhibition “Cairo. New Testimonies of an Ongoing Revolution” [on display from 16 August] at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, revolves around the political and social awakening of a generation which became visible to the world public when the mass protests began on Tahrir Square in Cairo on 25 January 2011 and has remained a major force in Egyptian society to this day. The story is told above all by Egyptian artists and photographers, activists and curators who lend the events expression from their own perspectives. The individual sections of the show were curated by well-known figures of the Cairo art world, among them the artists Lara Baladi and Heba Farid, the photographers Thomas Hartwell and Tarek Hefny, artist-activist Jasmina Metwaly, film maker Philip Rizk, and the journalists Rowan El Shimi and Alex Nunns.
As the acrid dust dies down from the war in Iraq and bullets cease to reach their human targets, it is time to discover what remains of its unique archaeological heritage and, sadly, which sites have been damaged. This year is the 100th anniversary of the excavation of the legendary royal city of Samarra, hardly touched – except by conflict – since then. In fact, UNESCO states that eighty percent remains to be revealed. An exhibition entitled Samarra – Centre of the World at the Pergamon Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin, celebrates the 100th anniversary of excavations of the site. Exhibits include fragments of murals, stucco carving and wood paneling from palaces, lusterware ceramics, Chinese porcelain illustrative of the city’s far-reaching trade links, and also original excavation photographs. The exhibition closes on May 26th, 2013.
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With his excavations in Samarra, the German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld founded ‘Islamic Archaeology’. On the 101st anniversary of his excavations in the city, which is situated in modern-day Iraq, a special exhibition marking his work has opened its doors in Berlin.
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