Carpet, 1950-1955, 244 x 166 cm, Boujad (market town), Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Uncanny Visual Relevance, Nomadic Moroccan Carpets and Abstract Art

Carpet, 3rd third 20th century, 200 x 127 cm, Boujad (market town), Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, 2nd quarter 20th century, 352 x 164 cm, Sept Kurimat, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, ca. 1985, 200 x 90 cm, Boujad (market town), Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Flat fabric, 3rd quarter 20th century, 358 x 140 cm, Azilal, Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany..

 

The International Design Museum Munich
Die Neue Sammlung
Türkenstraße 15
+ 49 89 2727250
Münich
Moroccan Carpets and Modern Art
Duration of exhbition: 14.09.2013–05.01.2014

As an upbeat exhibition, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich is exhibiting one the of the world's most important collections of carpets made by Moroccan nomads — "a far-reaching subject that sends out a strong signal at the reopening," according to Florian Hufnagl, Director, Die Neue Sammlung.

In the early 20th century, Moroccan carpets fascinated artists such as Paul Klee and Le Corbusier and today bring images of Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly or Sean Scully to mind. In other words, an enquiry into the Islamically influenced culture of North Africa in general and carpets from Morocco in particular leads us to the roots of European avant-garde art. The Islamic prohibition on depictions of the human being led among the Maghreb Berbers to a radical form of abstraction and a completely free and in our eyes very modern approach to color and shape. In the age of globalization and the increasing dominance of purely Western notions, on the one hand, and the radicalization of Islam, on the other, it is so very important to focus on the intellectual linkages and cultural interchange between the Orient and the Occident.

The exhibition centers on the collection of Munich architect Professor Jürgen Adam. He assembled it himself down through the decades in Morocco — and it is one of the most important private collections of Moroccan nomad carpets the world over. Especially in the Pinakothek der Moderne the theme admirably highlights the intrinsic links between the different art genres that lay the foundations for the concept underlying this interdisciplinary museum, which is truly unique worldwide. The exhibition is supported by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. and Jan Fischer. The book has been produced with the generous support of Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.

An exhibition by Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich.

Carpet, 2nd third 20th century, 280 x 195 cm, Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, 1940-1945, 253 x 195 cm, Mrirt, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, middle of 20th century, 250 x 134 cm, Azilal (market town), Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, middle of 20th century, 295 x 160 cm, Boujad (market town), Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, 3rd quarter 20th century, 270 x 144 cm, Ait Ouaouzguite, High Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, 2nd quarter 20th century, 267 x 160 cm, Beni M´Guild, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, 1945-1950, 370 x 180 cm, Boujad (market town), Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

Carpet, ca. 1930, 276 x 131 cm, Boujad (market town), Middle Atlas, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.

 

Carpet, ca. 1970, 140 x 120 cm, Beni M´Tir-Zemour, Morocco, Collection Adam, Munich, Germany.