Category Archives: Museums

What exactly is cultural heritage (and what isn’t)

One image I remember most vividly from the past decade was the looting and destruction of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad after the entrance of the US army in spring 2003. See e.g. the Oriental Institute of the University … Continue reading

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On Orphan Objects

Geneva’s Musée Ariana (museum of ceramics and glass) is currently showing an exhibition of their collection of ceramics from around the „Islamic“ world: Terres d’Islam – l’Ariana sort de ses reserves II: In many ways, it is a conventional … Continue reading

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Indian enigmas – does non-Western art need explaining?

Even though non-Western artists have been present on the international exhibition circuit for quite some time now, apparently there is still a need to “inform” the European public of every single feature of a place before they can “understand” these … Continue reading

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The Museum Revisited

Knowledge, authenticity and forgery in two exhibitions by Leila Pazooki and Mohamad Said Baalbaki Museums as authoritative spaces for the creation and archiving of knowledge have a long tradition in the Western world. From the beginnings as cabinet of curiosities … Continue reading

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