Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization showcases rare collection of historic Austrian glass influenced by Islamic art traditions
Sharjah residents and visitors will have the chance to see an outstanding collection of 19th century Orientalist glass inspired by Islamic art traditions at a new exhibition coming to the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.
The exhibition, entitled Orientalist Glass Art – Masterpieces from the Museum of J&L Lobmeyr, Vienna will feature almost 90 items of glass art created over the last 200 years by the family firm of J&L Lobmeyr, one of Austria’s most historic and famous crystal glass manufacturers, established in Vienna in 1823.
Running from 21st Oct, 2015 until 16th Jan, 2016, it will be the first ever exhibition of 19th century Orientalist glass to come to the region.
Most of the designs on the glassworks are inspired by the Islamic art traditions of Mamluk Egypt and Syria, Nasirid Spain, Ottoman Turkey and Mughal India. One of the most spectacular highlights in the exhibition is a chandelier in the Arab-Islamic style made for the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah al Munawwara.
The artefacts, together with their original work drawings, all come from the Lobmeyr family’s private museum and most have not been displayed publicly since the 19th century.
Manal Ataya, Director General of SMD, said: “The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into a fascinating dimension of 19th-century European Orientalism and glass design, reflecting both the artists’ dedicated creative engagement with the Arab-Islamic world and their deep respect for its technical and aesthetic accomplishments.
“Our partnership with J.&L. Lobmeyr, Vienna, demonstrates SMD’s ongoingcommitment to international collaborations that enable us to bring inspiring and thoughtprovoking art from around the world to Sharjah, for the educational benefit and enjoyment of UAE residents and visitors alike.”
Since its foundation, the family-run company of J&L Lobmeyr has substantially influenced the development of glass art and lighting design in Europe and around the world.
About the Sharjah Museums Department
The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as an independent government department. SMD includes 16 museums covering Islamic art and culture, archaeology, heritage, science, marine life and the history of Sharjah and the region.
To be a cultural beacon that enhances Sharjah’ s identity locally and internationally and contribute in nurturing a community aware of museums’ importance as a cultural, educational and enjoyable destination.
Deliver the highest museum standards to preserve collections & enhance an appreciation of culture and learning through our exhibitions, educational and community programs.
Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.