In keeping with the notion of a “global laboratory,” in which the process of comparing and contrasting cultures leads to examining one’s own culture, GLOBAL:LAB explores and interweaves cultural developments that occurred in Europe and Asia between 1500 and 1700. During this period, which was marked by revolutionary discoveries and inventions, art was a significant communications medium, transporting the “foreign” and promoting dialogue.
This volume of essays by outstanding authors such as Bert Fragner, Barbara Frischmuth, Salman Rushdie, Wheeler M. Thackston, and others documents this extraordinarily exciting epoch, sharpening our view of a perspective that focuses on more than just Europe alone.
At the center of the exhibition and catalogue are the sixty large-format illustrations from the Hamzanama, a sixteenth-century handwritten Mughal document, now preserved at the MAK. In addition, the show features a series of important works from a variety of cultures: works by Dürer and Rembrandt, pictures from the Khevenhüller Chronicle, Chinese landscape paintings from the Ming dynasty, Turkish and Persian faiences, and a superb sampling of MAK’s world-famous carpet collection.
Published for the exhibition of the same title
Edited by Peter Noever, with articles by Bert G. Fragner, Rainald Franz, Barbara Frischmuth, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Barbara Karl, Ralph Kauz, Monika Lehner, Brigitte Moser, Franziska Mühlbacher, Beate Murr, Markus Neuwirth, Peter Noever, Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel, Markus Ritter, Giorgio Rota, Salman Rushdie, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Wheeler M. Thackston, Angela Völker, Johannes Wieninger