How Can Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage be Preserved?

Paul Bucherer is the Director of the Afghanistan Institute and Museum (Bibliotheca Afghanica) in Switzerland. The Bibliotheca Afghanica museum-in-exile serves as a temporary home for artifacts that have been loaned to Mr Bucherer by Afghans and others outside the country for safekeeping. The entire collection will be repatriated to Afghanistan as soon as it is safe […]

Collecting Asian Art in Prague: Cultural Politics and Transcontinental Networks in 20th-Century Central Europe

17–18 June 2021National Gallery Prague, Salm Palace Organised by the Collection of Asian Art at the National Gallery Prague and the Austrian Science Fund’s (FWF) research project “Patterns of Transregional Trails” (P29536-G26) This conference looks at collections of Asian art in and outside Prague from the perspective of the national cultural politics interconnected with […]

Human Heritage: Preserving Palmyra, Petra, and Hatra

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 10 am – 11:30 am (Los Angeles; 8 pm – 9:30 pm Amman) Online lecture The ancient histories of Palmyra (Syria), Petra (Jordan), and Hatra (Iraq) tell a story of cultural exchange: their citizens shared trade routes, built comparable monuments, and worshiped common local and regional gods. These cities’ universal […]

Discussing the history and practice of Zoroastrianism

Date Wednesday 9th June  17.00 (London) Organised by The Iran Heritage Foundation ​Description Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions and the exhibition Epic Iran, co-organised by the V&A and IHF, will feature a small number of objects exploring the history of its practice in ancient Iran. It became the state religion under the Sasanians, […]

Pasargadae and Persepolis Revisited

Pasargadae and Persepolis Revisited: The Extended Achaemenid Cities beyond the Royal Palaces Online lectureTuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12pmNational Museum of Asian ArtWashington, DC Register here: Besides their royal residences in old and populous cities such as Susa or Babylon, the first Achaemenid kings chose Pasargadae and Persepolis on the Iranian Plateau, sites with limited […]

Textiles in Manuscripts: Cross-cultural Trade, Craft Production, and Influence in the Art of the Premodern Book

Textiles in Manuscripts: Cross-cultural Trade, Craft Production, and Influence in the Art of the Premodern Book (June 2-3, 2021) is an interdisciplinary workshop bringing together a range of book historians, textile scholars, conservators, art historians, and codicologists to examine the wide use of textiles in manuscript books. The virtual workshop is part of The Book and the […]