Cultural Landscape Syria –
Preservation and Archiving in Times of War
from 28.02.2019 to 26.05.2019 – at the Museum of Islamic Art Berlin

Preserving culture in a country destroyed by war? The special exhibition in the Museum of Islamic Art invites visitors with objects, films, photos and interactive screens on a virtual journey of discovery through the cultural landscape of Syria. At the same time, it provides insights into the work of the Syrian Heritage Archive and thus into the practice of #conservation of culture.

#Syria is an important #culturallandscape, fundamental civilizational achievements such as the emergence of urban life and the alphabet began here. Unique historical and archaeological monuments bear witness to the country’s millennia-old history. The mobility of people and goods and the resulting diversity characterise the Syrian cultural heritage.

The digital #Archive “Syrian Heritage Archive Project”
This rich cultural landscape has always fascinated travellers and researchers. Since 2013, their reports, photos, plans and maps have been compiled by the Syrian Heritage Archive Project in an extraordinary digital archive and made accessible to posterity. Parts of the archive will now be presented to the public for the first time as part of the exhibition.

The Syrian Heritage Initiative
Through the work of the “Syrian Heritage Archive Project”, the #MuseumforIslamicArt has been inspired to follow up projects such as “ملتقى Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum“, “Aleppo Built Heritage Documentation”, “Crossroads Aleppo” and the “Interactive Heritage Map”.

The “Syrian Heritage Archive Project” is supported by the Cultural Preservation Program of the Federal Foreign Office, the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the Friends of the Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamonmuseum e.V..

A special exhibition of the Syrian Heritage Archive Project, a cooperative project of the German Archaeological Institute and the Museum for Islamic Art – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

The exhibition is in German, English and Arabic.