Displays of Islamic Art in Vienna and Paris
Imperial Politics and Exoticism at the Weltausstellung and Exposition Universelle
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.
Keywords: Persia • Ottoman Turkey • Islamic Art • Fin-de-siècle • Weltausstellung • World’s Fair • Exposition Universelle • Paris • Exhibition • Vienna • Display