Relics changed wrong ideas about Islam in West: Expert

6 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Relics changed wrong ideas about Islam in West: Expert

Arts of the Islamic world, relics, collections and masterpieces in European museums helped change the misconceptions about Islam and Islamic civilization in the West, a European museum expert has said.

Alexandra Van Puyvelde, Belgian museologist, was speaking during a workshop held as part of the ongoing “Islamic Art in European Museums Expo” at the National Museum here.

The exhibition has been organized by the European Union (EU) delegation to Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) and the Ministry of Culture and Information to mark the European Day.

The expo features 60 paintings from 12 EU countries, representing models of collectables of the Islamic art from a number of European museums. An accompanied exhibition also features very rare 106 Islamic relics from Germany.

European museum experts and academics shared their experiences at the workshop.

Puyvelde is the scientific collaborator of the Royal Museums of Art and History, one of the largest museums in Brussels that includes a large hall dedicated to “Art of the Islamic World” collections and masterpieces.

The Belgian expert said that many European museums are proud of their ancient Islamic relics and artifacts, and as such most European museums have provided private gallery halls for Islamic monuments.

“Many visitors to these museums have expressed interest in Islamic holdings, which contributed greatly in changing many misconceptions and stereotypes about Islam and Islamic civilization. All of the displayed items carry written and audio descriptions in several languages,” said Puyvelde.

She also highlighted the extensive use by European museums of the latest technology to help tour guides who work at the museum, or who come from outside the museum, the use of many languages and various instructions. “Some of their tour guides are Muslims and they are regarded as the most capable to give information to visitors, especially about the Islamic masterpieces and antiquities hall.


Courtesy: Arab News