Unique Oriental Glas Art exhibition gets under way in Sharjah (21 Oct 2015 – 16 Jan 2016)
An exhibition of exquisite 19th century Orientalist glass inspired by Islamic art traditions is getting under way at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization on October 21st.
The exhibition, entitled Orientalist Glass Art – Masterpieces from the Museum of J&L Lobmeyr, Vienna features almost 90 items of glass art created over the last 200 years by J&L Lobmeyr, one of Austria’s oldest and foremost crystal glass manufacturers, in family hands since 1823.
Orientalist Glass Art is the first ever exhibition of 19th century Orientalist glass in the Gulf region and includes spectacular artefacts that have never been on display since their production in the 19th century.
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 outstanding highlights of the exhibition is a chandelier in the Arab-Islamic style designed by J.&L. Lobmeyr for the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah al Munawwara.
Most of the artefacts, which come from the Lobmeyr family’s private museum in Vienna, are shown with their original designs and work drawings.
Leonid Rath, Managing Co-Director of J&L LOBMEYR said: “The exhibition of our Orientalist Glass at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization highlights the profound influence of traditional Arab-Islamic art on Austrian and European design and architecture.
“Showing this exhibition in Sharjah is a great opportunity to not only present Austrian arts and crafts in the Arab world but also to demonstrate the interaction between our cultures.”
Since its foundation, the family-run company of J&L Lobmeyr has substantially influenced the technical and artistic development of glass art and crystal glass lighting in Europe and internationally.
The chandelier designs which Lobmeyr contributed to the Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah and to other mosques in Islamic countries illustrate their commitment to create contemporary works that respect and celebrate local culture and preserve the artistic achievements of Arab-Islamic styles.
Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, said: “This exhibition is truly unique with regard to its theme and the exquisite quality of its artefacts. It represents a rare opportunity for Sharjah residents and visitors to experience a little known but important aspect of 19th century European Orientalist art, with its enthusiasm and respect for Middle Eastern art traditions.
“Orientalist Glass Art’ is Sharjah Museums Department’s latest contribution to Sharjah’s internationally recognized efforts in promoting peaceful intercultural dialogue and friendship between East and West through art and culture.”
Orientalist Glass Art – Masterpieces from the Museum of J&L Lobmeyr, Vienna runs until 16th January, 2016.
About the Sharjah Museums Department:
The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) was established in 2006 by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. SMD manages more than 16 sites in the Emirate, covering most types of art, Islamic culture, archaeology, heritage, sciences, aquaculture and the history of the emirate of Sharjah and the region.
SMD aims to provide the highest standards of museum services through its museums, galleries, educational and research programmes, social communication programmes for Sharjah ‘s residents and visitors from the region. The vision of the department is to improve understanding, appreciation and respect for Sharjah‘s identity and the value of its cultural and natural heritage locally and internationally.
For more information please visit the website: www.sharjahmuseums.ae