Arte Islâmica – Palestra com Jessica Hallett (28 out. ’22)


(Museu Calouste Gulbenkian – Conservadora Sénior)


Sexta-feira dia 28 de outubro às 18h (horário de Lisboa)


A palestra decorre em língua inglesa.


Over the course of his life, Calouste Gulbenkian acquired some 750 objects with origins extending from modern-day Egypt to Indonesia, and ranging from arts of the book to ceramics, glass, carpets, textiles and wall tiles. Since the opening of the museum, in 1969, these works have been housed in the Islamic East Gallery (‘Galeria do Oriente Islâmico’) and organized by place, date and media. While most admirably fulfilling Gulbenkian’s criterion for “tip top” quality, the collection is neither encyclopedic nor entirely representative of the vast range of material considered ‘Islamic art’.

Indeed, the term ‘Islamic’ was never part of Calouste’s own vocabulary and throughout his life, he regarded himself and the art he collected to be ‘Oriental’. This talk will explore the creation of the collection to better understand how the Museum is interrogating its current and future display.

No contexto do Seminário Permanente de Estudos Islâmicos
(Área de Ciência das Religiões da Universidade Lusófona – Linha de Investigação Herança e Espiritualidade Islâmica)
Coord. Fabrizio Boscaglia


Jessica Hallett is Senior Curator of the Middle East and China, and Coordinator of Research, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Her doctoral thesis (Oxford 1999) gave rise to the exhibition, Iraq and China. Ceramics, trade and innovation, at the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian, Washington (2004). Most recently, she curated The Rise of Islamic Art, 1869-1939 (2019) which looked at Calouste Gulbenkian’s collecting activities in geopolitical context.

She is currently involved in the participatory curation project, Power of the Word, and preparing the catalogue of Gulbenkian’s renowned carpet collection, with Clara Serra. Hallett has an undergraduate degree in Analytical Chemistry and promotes interdisciplinary work at the Museum.

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