press release

"The kasbah of Algiers has everything: all the elements of an architecture that shows immeasurable sensitivity to human needs and desires." With this statement, Le Corbusier expressed his great admiration for the architecture of the Orient. Following in his footsteps, many of today's architects and designers draw inspiration from the Arab world.

The exhibition demonstrates the diversity of domestic lifestyles between Morocco, Syria and the Arabian peninsula – from the nomadic tents of the Tuareg or Bedouins to Moroccan kasbahs; from the grand courtyard houses in cities such as Marrakech, Damascus or Cairo to buildings by twentieth-century architects like Hassan Fathy, Elie Mouyal or Abdelwahed El-Wakil. Numerous models and reconstructed room environments provide visitors with an opportunity to physically experience various building types, while domestic objects such as ceramics, textiles, tools and architectural elements offer impressions of everyday customs. Specially for the exhibition, numerous photographs and films were produced that document forms of domestic life virtually unknown to outsiders. With interiors of private homes on display, "Living Under the Crescent Moon" offers the visitor insights into a previously little known realm of the Arab world, for the private sphere has traditionally been protected from strangers.

The exhibition is being mounted in cooperation with Vitra Design Museum, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Geneva, the Fondation Arabe pour L'Image, Beirut. Pressetext

Domestic Cultures in the Arab World - Living Under the Crescent Moon

mit Hassan Fathy, Elie Mouyal, Abdelwahed El-Wakil, u.a.

21.01.05 - 29.05.05 Vitra Design Museum - Weil am Rhein
09.10.04 - 09.01.05 Kunsthal Rotterdam
17.06.04 - 22.08.04 IVAM Valencia
21.07.03 - 18.01.04 Vitra Design Museum - Berlin