Past event

Qatar-German Exhibition: 'Arab and German Tales - Transcending Cultures'

Tuesday 17 April – Wednesday 18 April 2018 The exhibition area on the Bridge, QNL, Qatar National Library, Education City, Doha, Qatar

Dr Sohair Wastawy—Executive Director of the Qatar National Library, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities—along with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Qatar, H.E. Hans-Udo Muzel, cordially invite you to attend the opening of the Qatar-German Exhibition ‘Arab and German Tales - Transcending Cultures.’

The exhibition takes place at the Qatar National Library, from April 17 to August 18, 2018, and is organized within the framework of the Qatar–Germany Year of Culture.

The exhibition provides insight into the history of Arabic and German fairy and folk tales, and how the two traditions influenced each other. It aims to show the transcultural value of narrative traditions as a shared intangible cultural heritage. It will also highlight mutual influences, shared ideas, and cultural transfer between the Arab world and Germany through storytelling and tales up to today.

In this exhibition, unique masterpieces from antiquity to the present day are presented for the first time together, including stories of the Arabian Nights, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and samples of the original Arabic handwriting of the famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The exhibition also includes rare Egyptian tales written on papyri (writing surfaces made from the pith of a plant growing in the Egyptian wetlands), such as: the Story of Sinuhe, dating from the XII dynasty (approximately 1900 years BCE); a cuneiform tablet with the Epic of Gilgamesh from the 13th century BCE; and examinations of the famed “One Thousand and One Nights” through the Arabic oral tradition, before it was adapted and amended by European writers such as the Brothers Grimm.

Although in both the Arab world and Germany, these famous tales were originally for adult audiences, today, they are perceived as fictional literature for children and prominently appear in modern adaptations, including film.

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