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Volkmann-Treffen 2014, Berlin

This weekend, 24 – 26 October 2014, the annual Volkmann-Treffen 2014 will take place in Berlin. 

The topic of this year’s meeting is tents, inspired by the Türckische Cammer – a 17th century Ottoman tent that has been on display in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden since 2010. The installation offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the richly decorated interior of the 20 metre long, three-pole construction.

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Türckische Cammer: Tent gallery: The large three-pole tent (20m long, 8m wide, 6m high); Photo David Brandt © SKD

The meeting opens at the Islamic art Museum (Museum für Islamiche Kunst), with a presentation entitled ‘Palaces from the Loom – Ottoman Luxury Tents and their Interior Decorations’ by Dr. Hedda Reindl-Kiel. A full programme of lectures continues over the whole weekend in the Lecture Theatre of the Kunstgewerbemuseums.

The conference will be conducted in German, except for two lectures that are to be given in English:  ‘For War and Peace: Court Kilims, used in Tents’ by HALI contributor Penny Oakley on Saturday 25, and ‘Historic Tents in India: A Survey of Surviving Specimens’ by Dr. Peter Andrews, winner of last year’s ‘Ancient & Modern’ research award, on Sunday 26.

An exhibition of Moroccan carpets from before 1950 at the Berlin gallery of Thomas Wild will coincide with the Volkmann-Treffen.

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