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«Tradition of Future — Future of Tradition» is a curatorial work, whose
elements have been collected and selected in the course of a century.
The show is mixing traditional Islamic Art from the 1910 exhibition and contemporary Islamic Art, design, typography, film and architecture.

The exhibition’s layout is developed in a circular way, emerging from a centre, which the visitor reaches having seen documents of the historic exhibition. At the centre hall, some 30 of the most famous rugs, vases, illuminated manuscripts and other works in the 1910 exhibition will be presented. In the inner circle are representatives of eastern ‘Modernity’ that move between 1910 and 2010.

The exhibition's scenography is created by an architectural structure of hanging fabrics to present the artworks. The space is aligned along interlinked paths, allowing for smooth shifts of perspective between exhibited works of different time periods.
A network of paths run between triangular-shaped spaces, each of them accommodating one ore more objects, interlocking traditional and contemporary Islamic Art. Just as in the1910 exhibition, the individual objects unfold new effects thanks to their way of presentation.

Since fabrics and textile-based objects were the most prominent in the 1910 exhibition, as well as in the contemporary selection (the 99 hanging banners of «The Invisible Masters» by Rachid Koraïchi) textiles were chosen as the material to delineate the set of interlinked paths that define the centre space.

The patterns of the enclosures are a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional geometric ornaments.
These patterns are transformed to transparent black jute enclosures that were produced in Egypt by by Samia el Sheikh, professor of the Cairo University.
The semi-transparent jute fabrics specially designed and manufactured create an intimate and authentic atmosphere to the exhibition. While walking through the exhibition, the transparent layers of patterns form an everchanging and vivid background for the objects.

Curatorial team: Chris Dercon, León Krempel, Avinoam Shalem.

Participants: Doa Aly, Kader Attia, Yto Barrada, Hussein Chalayan, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Dar Onboz, Choreh Feyzdjou, Wafa Hourani, Emre Hüner , Reem al-Ghaith, Khatt Foundation, Buthina Canaan Khoury, Abbas Kiarostami, Rachid Koraïchi, Samir El Kordy, Maha Maamoun, Tala Madani, Nassar Mansour, Walid Raad, Mahmoud Said, Ibrahim El Salahi, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès, Mounira Al Solh, Akram Zaatari and others.

Team credits: Samir El Kordy
Caro Baumann, Ahmed Fathy, Samir Aiyad, Bruno Pereira

Production instructor: Carla van Beurden
Head of production team: Prof. Dr. Samia El-Sheikh

Photos: Caro Baumann, Wilfried Petzi

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