The pronounced interest in movements of transfer, transculturality and global perspectives in recent art historical research brings about new approaches to historical artefacts, which lead to an ever increasing dissolution of boundaries between the various disciplines of art history. A practical question which arises from the resulting insights into the many-faceted biographies of artefacts is how to combine these transcultural art historical tendencies with the parameters of museum classification?

The workshop ‘Transcultural Art Histories in the Museum’ proposes to offer a space for exchange between researchers at museums and universities, where specific approaches to transcultural curating will be presented and discussed. Departing from the example of the interventions of the project ‘Objects in Transfer’ (CRC ‘Episteme in Motion’) in the permanent collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, this workshop shall discuss the possibilities, but also the difficulties which arise from transcultural approaches, especially with regard to the classificatory systems of museums, European master narratives and conceptions of the universality of art.

The workshop is convened by the project ‘Objects in Transfer – Concepts for the Museographical Display of Transfer Processes between the Near East and Europe during the Pre-modern Period’. This project is part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre 980 ‘Episteme in Motion. Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period’ (Free University of Berlin) and cooperates with the Museum of Islamic Art (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin).

Conception: Vera Beyer, Isabelle Dolezalek, Barbara Lenz, Sophia Vassilopoulou


Freitag 25. September 2015 (Brugsch-Pascha-Saal, Archäologisches Zentrum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Geschwister-Scholl Str. 6, 10117 Berlin  und Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bodestraße, 10178 Berlin)

13.00 - 13.30 Uhr: Begrüßung und Einführung

  • Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin)
  • Vera Beyer, Isabelle Dolezalek (SFB 980 „Episteme in Bewegung”, Freie Universität Berlin)

13.30 -15.00 Uhr: Best-Practice Beispiele transkulturellen Kuratierens mit:

  • Christine Gerbich (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Andrea Scholz (Humboldt Lab Dahlem)
  • Wendy Shaw (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Roman Singendonk (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin)
  • Ching-Ling Wang (Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin)
  • Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin)


16.00 - 18.00 Uhr: Führung durch den Ausstellungsparcours des Projekts „Gegenstände des Transfers” im Museum für Islamische Kunst

  • Vera Beyer, Isabelle Dolezalek, Sophia Vassilopoulou (SFB 980 „Episteme in Bewegung”, Freie Universität Berlin)

Samstag 26. September (Tagungsraum des SFB 980 „Episteme in Bewegung“, Schwendenerstr. 8,14195 Berlin)

9.30 - 11.00 Uhr: Museale Einordnungen

  • Andrea Meyer (Technische Universität Berlin): The Museum as Transnational Space
  • Barbara Karl (MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Wien): Towels from Bosnia in the MAK Collection
  • Helmut Groschwitz (Universität Regensburg): EuropaTest – Zugänge zur Darstellung von Transkulturalität


11.30 - 13.00 Uhr: Masternarrative

  • Eva Troelenberg (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut): The Masterpiece Reconsidered
  • Annette Bhagwati (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin): What’s in an Object? Master Narratives and the Crisis of the Museum
  • Mireille Jacotin (Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille): Narrating Mediterranean Identities in the MUCEM


14.30 - 16.00 Uhr: Objekt und Universalität

  • Hannah Baader (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut): Universalisms and Transcultural Art History
  • Sharon Macdonald (University of York/Humboldt Universität zu Berlin): The Transcultural Potential of Museums
  • Susan Kamel (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin): Kommunikation in der Migrationsgesellschaft – Vielfalt in der musealen Praxis