Volkmann-Treffen 2014 in Berlin

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The annual Volkmann-Treffen 2014 will take place 24-26 October 2014 in Berlin. This year’s theme is “Tents” inspired by the famous 17th century Ottoman tent exhibited in the Turkish Chamber of Dresden Armory since 2010.

The meeting will begin with the evening opening of the Carpet Galleries of the Museum für Islamische Kunst, Entrance Colonnades Court, Bodestr.1–3 Friday 24 October 2014 at 6.30 pm. The ensuing presentation of ‘Palaces from the Loom – Ottoman Luxury Tents and their Interior Decorations’ by Dr. Hedda Reindl-Kiel will take place at 7.15 pm in the Mshatta Hall of the Museum.

17th century Ottoman tent from the Turkish Chamber in Dresden Armory. Photo by Fotofreund123, CCA Wikimedia licens.
17th century Ottoman tent from the Turkish Chamber in Dresden Armory. Photo by Fotofreund123, CCA Wikimedia licens.

Volkmann-Treffen 2014 will continue with lectures on 25-26 October in the Lecture Theater of the Kunstgewerbemuseums, Entrance Gemäldegalerie, Matthäikirchplatz 4 – 6, in Berlin-Tiergarten.

The lectures Saturday 25 October include ‘The Ottoman tents of the Electors of Saxony – past and present holdings of the Turkish Chamber in Dresden’ by Holger Schuckelt, ‘From Travelling Palace to Party Tent’ by Christian Erber, ‘For War and Peace: Court Kilims, used in Tents’ by Penny Oakley, ‘Tents of the Mongol period as represented in images and text: Observations on the Diez Albums in Berlin’ by Claus-Peter Haase, ‘Princely Tent Hangings with Niche Design – From Late Antiquity to the Modern Age and from Morocco to Central Asia’ by Jürg Rageth, ‘A Paradise on Earth? The Sultans Tent Restored in a Monastery’ by Sabine Kißler, ‘An Ottoman Tent – small but mighty’ by Julia Dummer and ‘History, Treatment and Exhibition of an Ottoman Tent from the Deutsches Historisches Museum’ by Sabine Josefine Brand.

The lectures Sunday 26 October include ‘Historic Tents in India: A Survey of Surviving Specimens’ by Peter Andrews and ‘From the Orient to the Occident – the Blue Drawing Room of Wildenfels Castle in Saxony’ by Roxana Naumann.

German will be the conference language except for the lectures given by Penny Oakley and Peter Andrews, who will speak in English.

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