Eva Shubert is a founder, mastermind and chairperson of Museum with No Frontiers (MWNF). She looks back on an experience of almost 30 years (1993 – 2021) in raising awareness about Islamic art and heritage through research, documentation and innovative methods of presentation. Between 1993 and 1995 she set up her first Mediterranean network and participated in the preparation of the Barcelona Declaration (1995). Eva Schubert’s education as actress and stage director (1978-80) set the basis for what became the guiding principle for her professional career: The curtain has to go up. After the overwhelming success of one of the first international fine art exhibition projects, a Spanish Austrian cooperation on the occasion of the 1992 Expo in Sevilla, she developed the concept for a new exhibition format, the so-called ‘Exhibition Trail’. After a successful pilot project set up in the Austrian region of Tyrol (1994-1996), concept and method were transferred to the Mediterranean region with the ‘Islamic Art in the Mediterranean’ Exhibition Trails. Eva Schubert, who deeply believes in multilateral values, was born in Vienna and lives in Rome.
Presentation Title: Museum With No Frontiers – Islamic Art and Heritage Platform
During the last two decades the impact of 9/11 on world policy, namely also in the field of culture, on the one hand, and the constantly increasing presence of the Gulf countries as a highly dynamic driving force in the Arab World, on the other hand, speeded up a process that was of great benefit for Islamic arts and heritage. The fact that the United Arab Emirates and, in particular, Sharjah are the initiators and the protagonists of this important Conference, witnesses the relevance of these developments.
The challenge of Rethinking the Future of Islamic Arts and Heritage can be approached from many different perspectives.
Based on the experience of MWNF, the presentation will focus on three priorities:
1) Access to relevant information about the artistic legacy of Islam.
2) A cultural tourism offer based on Islamic art and heritage.
3) Cooperation between institutions from different Arab/Islamic countries and regions through the realisation of joint exhibition projects.