TRAUM & TRAUMA AT THE PERGAMON

TRAUM & TRAUMA AT THE PERGAMON

Ornate, delicately woven middle eastern textiles contrasted with the scent of charred wool, fire bombs, and caustic chemicals – this is the Museum of Islamic Art’s newest permanent exhibit, Traum und Trauma. The Pergamonmuseum – parent to the Museum of Islamic Art — has had this collection of rugs and textiles from present-day Turkey, Iran, and the Caucasus since its inception, gifted from Wilhelm von Bode’s personal collection. Some of the artefacts date as far back as the 15th century. The rugs are on display again for the first time since being irrevocably damaged in the 1945 fire-bombing of Berlin. Amidst controversy over cultural ownership of many of the Pergamonmuseum’s antiquities, this new exhibit discusses the layered history of these artefacts, from their artistic importance in the Middle East to their destruction in Western Europe. Reconstructions of the textiles, an olfactory station, and an interactive rug-knotting display guide you through the relics’ history. Despite the museum’s ongoing multi-year renovation, this new exhibit may be the reason you’ve been waiting for to return for a visit. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Pergamonmuseum)

Traum und Trauma, Pergamonmuseum, Bodestr.1–3, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Fri-Wed 10–18h, Thu 10–20h

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