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GLOBAL:LAB - Art as a message. Asia and Europe 1500-1700

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MAK exhibition catalogue
Ed.: Peter Noever
German English
368 pages, 260 color illustrations
32 x 24 cm, softcover
MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2009

In the sense of a “global laboratory” in which the confrontation and coexistence of cultures leads to engagement with one's own traditions, GLOBAL: LAB examines and interweaves the cultural developments in Europe and Asia between 1500 and 1700. During this time marked by revolutionary discoveries and inventions, art functioned not least as a communication medium that transported the “foreign” and promoted dialogue.

The volume with essays by outstanding authors such as Bert Fragner, Barbara Frischmuth, Salman Rushdie, Wheeler M. Thackston and others documents this extremely exciting era and sharpens the eye for a perspective that does not only focus on Europe.

The focus of the exhibition and catalog are the sixty large-format images of the Hamzanama, a Mughal manuscript from the 16th century, which are kept in the MAK. A number of important works from different cultures are also on display: works by Dürer and Rembrandt, pictures from the Khevenhüller Chronicle, Chinese landscape paintings from the Ming period, Turkish and Persian faience as well as excellent examples from the MAK's world-famous carpet collection.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name (June 3 – September 27, 2009), MAK Vienna

With contributions from 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

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