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Displays of Islamic Art in Vienna and Paris

Imperial Politics and Exoticism at the Weltausstellung and Exposition Universelle

Daniel Fulco    Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Curator, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA    

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abstract

This paper examines the exhibition of Islamic art at the Weltausstellung in Vienna (1873) and the Paris Exposition Universelle (1878). In particular, it explores how European officials represented both inhabitants and their traditional decorative arts. As will be demonstrated, such displays anticipated more scholarly, specialized exhibitions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries through their strategic concentration on objects from specific societies.

Published
July 31, 2017
Accepted
April 23, 2017
Submitted
Feb. 13, 2017
Language
EN

Keywords: Fin-de-siècleDisplayIslamic ArtWorld’s FairExposition UniverselleExhibitionParisWeltausstellungPersiaViennaOttoman Turkey

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