Art and the Orient

    About Fikrun

    Fikrun wa Fann was a cultural magazine published by the Goethe Institute from 1963 to 2016 that supported and shaped the cultural exchange between Germany and Islamic countries. Together with the publishing of the last issue, “Flight and Displacement” (issue 105), in autumn of 2016 the maintenance and updating of this online portal was ceased.
    Professor Rayan Abdullah

    Mediator Between Orient and Occident

    "For me, art and design are weapons one must use to fight against war", says Rayan Abdullah.More ...

    What Are the Lessons of documenta 12?
    Reflections from the Viewpoint of a Postmodern Artist

    "You arrive in the heart of Germany, just to read the word "art" under your own shadow." Du kommst zum Herzen Deutschlands, nur um das Wort Kunst unter deinem eigenen Schatten zu lesen." These German letters shine - with a knowing wink - at the visitor, who may well have made a long journey to come here, when he places himself in the cone of light of a stripped-down installation in the Neue Galerie, one of five exhibition locations. Even though this work by the Chilean artist Gonzalo Díaz is one of the few humorous and self-ironic contributions to the 100-Day Museum, this spectacle that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany, presents itself nonetheless in a mostly light-hearted vein. By Tim Otto Roth More ...

    A Museum to Promote International Understanding

    Logo 'Museum ohne Grenzen'; Copyright: MWNF
    Logo "Museum ohne Grenzen"
    Copyright: MWNF
    The "Museum With No Frontiers" is the largest - and most convenient - museum in the world. It is open 24 hours a day, and doesn't even charge for admission. Anyone can go online and view 18 exhibitions from 14 countries, click their way from Islamic art to Arabic calligraphy and stroll along the exhibition trails. This article contains an interview with the museum's founder, Eva Schubert.More ...
    Heinz Mack. Copyright: Ute Mack

    “Art is a universal language”

    The works of the painter and sculptor Heinz Mack bear tribute to his very individual approach to the links between the “Orient and the Occident”. The audience likes them, both in Berlin and Tehran. By Linny BieberMore ...