The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) have signed a ground breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Museums of Berlin, the largest museum organisation in Germany, and the Goethe Institute, the worldwide cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The comprehensive MoU was signed by Ms. Manal Ataya,Director-General of SMD, Dr. Michael Eisenhower, Director - General of Berlin State Museums and Secretary-General Mr. Johannes Ebert of the Goethe Insitute on Friday the 26th of April at (Place). The trilateral MoU aims to recognise the advantages of cooperation between the three organisations in specific areas of museum practice in a spirit of mutual benefit, esteem and reciprocity.
Speaking about the agreement, Manal Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Department, said, "SMD and the Berlin State Museums are keen to build on our existing co-operation and to create a long-term partnership by working together on research, conservation, exhibitions and other key areas of museum activity for the benefit of our audiences. We are delighted, with the ongoing support of the Goethe Institute, to enter into this agreement and look forward to developing further in museum best practices."
The Memorandum of Understanding will begin the process to build on the ties of cooperation and friendship first established during the successful execution of the inaugural exhibition in 2008 of the ‘Radiance of Islam’ exhibition at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, provided by the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art as a celebratory contribution to the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization’s reopening after extensive renovations. Following this initial collaboration, further contacts between SMD and its German partners were consolidated by professional development initiatives in the field of museum work facilitated by the German Robert Bosch Foundation and the Goethe-Institute.
Under the terms of the MoU SMD and the State Museums of Berlin will be cooperation to promote collaboration and professional development in areas of mutual interest in the field of museum sciences as well as to foster opportunities for institutional exchange in view of enhancing cross-cultural understanding and dialogue through museum collections, art and culture. The MoU also defines the main areas of museum practice in which collaboration is desired, in particular exhibition development, conservation, collection management, and museum education in addition to outlining the main phases in which any such collaborations will be progressed.
To aid in the successful implementation of the MoU’s goals, the Goethe-Institute, through its branch in the Gulf-Region, have committed to assisting and supporting the development of deeper cooperation between the parties through a variety of ways, including the implementation of supporting programmes, such as conferences, workshops and symposia.
The first concrete outcome of the new Memorandum of Understanding will be a joint exhibition project to be realised in 2014, exhibition to be realised in 2014 when Sharjah celebrates its award for Islamic cultural capital for 2014.