Presenting “Islamic” Art in Contemporary Context

International Conference

5 Apr 2011

What makes “Islamic” art Islamic?
What are the conceptual aspirations of “Islamic” art?
Is “Islamic” art transcultural, or is it culturally restricted?

Invitation JPEG - Reza Abedini

These are just some of the many questions that will be addressed by the conference Presenting “Islamic” Art in Contemporary Context, to be held in Amsterdam on 5 April 2011. This international gathering will bring together museum curators, art historians and cultural strategists to assess the relevance of “Islamic” art to a contemporary audience.

The conference is highly topical and comes at a time when several major museums are re-evaluating their “Islamic” art collections. While its scope is international, special attention will be given to the Dutch context, in which “Islamic” art seems to have been largely absent from public view.
 The conference will take advantage of what is relatively unexplored territory in the Netherlands, to suggest a fresh approach or a guideline to the study and presentation of “Islamic” art, based on international expertise and experience.

Time: 9h00 – 18h00
Venue: Oude Lutherse Kerk Amsterdam, Singel 411
Entrance fee: 10 euro (students: 5 euro)
Language: English
Register at www.messis.nl/conference