Together Ausstellung National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman

Kunst als Beitrag zum arabisch – europäischen Dialog

Together Ausstellung National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman
Kuratiert von Artconsulting Eva Mueller
Schirmherrschaft der Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
und des Jordanischen Königshauses

Welcome Speech:
Der Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Dr. Joachim Heitern
Direktor der Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman, Dr. Khalid Khreis
Einführung Ausstellung: Eva Mueller

Im Rahmen der Together Ausstellung National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman, wurden von 26.11. bis 30.12.2008 erstmals Arbeiten zeitgenössischer deutscher Künstlerinnen und Künstler im Dialog mit Werken arabischer Künstler/innen in der jordanischen Hauptstadt Amman gezeigt.

Die deutsche Kunstberaterin Eva Mueller initiierte das Projekt Together als Beitrag zu einem konstruktiven Dialog der Kulturen: Die vielfältigen künstlerische Positionen, die gezeigt wurden, weisen jenseits nationaler, religiöser oder kultureller Zuordnungen Bezüge und Berührungspunkte auf und machen so die im Moment kaum wahrgenommenen Gemeinsamkeiten und die Möglichkeit der Verständigung durch Kunst erfahrbar. Die Ausstellung unter der Schirmherrschaft Ihrer Königlichen Hoheit Dr. Wijdan Ali zeigte Arbeiten von Arbeiten von 26 Künstlerinnen und Künstlern aus 12 Ländern und wurde begleitet durch einen Künstleraustausch und ein kunstpädagogisches Projekt für traumatisierte Flüchtlingskinder. Als zukunftsorientiertes und stabiles Land in einer von Krisen erschütterten Region ist das Königreich Jordanien, das vielen Flüchtlingen Aufnahme gewährt hat, ein Ort des Miteinanders von Nationen, Kulturen und Einflüssen und prädestiniert für den Dialog von arabischer und europäischer Kultur.

26 Künstler/innen aus 12 arabischen und europäischen Ländern – in der Together Ausstellung National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman

Der Besucherandrang und das Presseecho für die von Eva Mueller organisierte Ausstellung “Together” im Nationalmuseum in Amman, Jordanien, war überwältigend. Mit den Werken von 26 Künstler/innen aus 12 Ländern bewies die Kunst Ihre Unabhängigkeit von Nationalität, Geschlecht oder Religion und warb für die gemeinsamen Themen und Auseinandersetzungen, Offenheit und Verständnis zwischen den Kulturen.

Workshops mit palästinensischen Flüchtlingskindern

Neben der beeindruckenden Ausstellung “Together” im Nationalmuseum Amman und dem fruchtbaren Künstler/innenaustausch fanden mit der Organisation Ruwwad Workshops für palästinensische Flüchtlingskinder statt. Viele der Kinder und Jugendlichen waren zum erstem Mal in ihrem Leben im Museum und nahmen diese neue Erfahrung neugierig und offen auf, befragten die Werke und konnten mit einzelnen Künstlern Techniken erlernen und in eigenen Werken umsetzen.

Die Ausstellung “Together” im Nationalmuseum, der “Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman” stand unter der Schirmherrschaft des Jordanischen Königshauses und der Deutschen Botschaft.

Aus dem Katalog zur Together Ausstellung National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman
Welcome speech: Botschafter der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Dr. Joachim Heidorn

To experience commonness without giving up cultural differences.

This is the intriguing aim of the exhibition “Together” in Jordan’s capital Amman: European and Arab artists present their masterpieces in an innovative context.

As German Ambassador I am delighted that German art will be on display in a major venue in Jordan for the first time. Besides, I welcome the exhibition as it contributes to an open dialogue of cultures without prejudice, an objective which ranks high on the agenda of the German Federal Government.

I would like to thank all those who participate in this ambitious project, especially Artconsulting Eva Mueller and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.

Let us embark on a fascinating journey, meeting the universal, yet multifaceted expressions of art.

Welcome speech: Direktor General Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman, Dr. Khaled Khreis

This exhibition, organized and coordinated by our German friend, curator Eva Mueller, under the title “Together”, comes from the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts’ firm belief in the importance of opening up to different cultures and extending bridges between them. Since I met her in Amman, she suggested organizing this exhibition, which includes a group of artists from Arab and European countries.

From the beginning, we agreed to leave the selection of the participating artists to Eva Mueller. We offered all types of facilities that would contribute to the success of such an artistic phenomenon, which represents the dialogue between East and West, the dialogue between Europe and the Arabs, away from official forums. This is a dialogue between artists themselves: it’s a humanitarian and cultural dialogue that we are in desperate need of now, after all the distortion inflicted upon us and our identity by some extremists, who are far removed from our civilization and our culture of tolerance, which is always open to the other.

I invite our dear public to enjoy the creativity of artists of different styles, techniques and orientations, but who are all united through art, love and peace.

I would also like to thank our friend, Eva Mueller, and all those who contributed to the success of this exhibition.

Vision der Together Ausstellung National Gallery of Fine Arts Amman – Curator Eva Mueller

Being human is going beyond satisfying our basic needs by developing, realizing and perpetuating cultural and intellectual values. Since the first cave drawings, the visual arts have been an essential part of perceiving, portraying and interpreting our life and world. Art provides the evidence of not just our connection with the physical world, but also our bond with the spiritual realm of existence, from where we obtain our authentic strength and understanding.

Art enables a deeper and broader insight, so that empathy between individuals can arise, transcending the mediation of purely information and values. Art directly touches our hearts, our perception and emotions. Because it has an impact on our entire being, visual art reinforces our willingness and the manner in which we enter into relationships with others in both the public and private spheres of live.

It’s the intention of ARTCONSULTING EVA MUELLER to develop new ways in which to come Together, to think and talk about art, to enjoy extraordinary beauty, to gather new insights and to create visions for a better world. Internationally renowned artists as well as young talents, making this exhibition a unique event at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, have created a high standard of art to be exhibited.

Exhibition Together Nationalmuseum Amann

Throughout art history there where phases during which certain countries pioneered art movements and styles that could not be ignored by their contemporaries. There were times when active exchange happened across continents and when distinct regions experienced differentiated developments simultaneously. Prejudices and arrogance prevent us from keeping open mind, yet in the last few years there has been a distinct appeal of exotic and foreign in the market. Form more than twenty years I have been an art consultant who observes and analyses the contemporary art scene looking for the diamond in the rough and to this day I see how alike the topics of artists actually are. Even if they use different methods and materials to depict their topics in cultural specific ways, the basic topics are the same. We all share the same basic desires: we wish to improve our lives and we yearn for happiness. We are all human!

Pointing out the differences at the same time seems very preposterous under that experience. In this exhibition I want to draw attention to, and share with you, the audience, the art of the Arab world as it is my privilege to have experienced. There are incredible similarities of content and ideas that cannot be explained simply by believing that Arab artists had to orient themselves enforcedly to the West, too.