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From Mosul to Palmyra

A Virtual Journey through the World’s Cultural Heritage

30 August to 3 November 2019

Mosul, Aleppo, Palmyra, Leptis Magna – the names of these cities resonate as symbols of the fabled cultural heritage of ancient civilisations, but also as symbols of the wanton destruction of their vestiges by fanaticism and war. The exhibition employs state-of-the-art virtual reconstructions, spectacular animations and giant screens to bring these legendary ruined cities of the ancient Arab world back to life.

«Spectacular, striking, moving: the 3D views of the ruins of Mosul, Aleppo, Palmyra, and Leptis Magna [...] will leave you speechless.»Le Monde

It invites visitors to embark on a journey through time and space into their glorious history, to witness their destruction in the recent past and to contemplate the possibility of their future reconstruction.

The itinerary takes visitors from the ancient city of Nineveh, which today is part of Mosul (Iraq), to Aleppo (Syria), where successive Muslim empires from the Umayyads to the Ottomans left behind an extraordinary architectural treasure. Further stops are Leptis Magna (Libya), founded by the Phoenicians and once known as the ‘African Rome’, and, finally, Palmyra (Syria), the legendary Graeco-Roman ‘pearl of the Orient’.

At the end of your visit to the exhibition, you can explore six of the destroyed and currently inaccessible iconic sites of the Arab world with the help of virtual reality headsets. A spectacular experience, developed especially for this exhibition by Ubisoft, one of the major videogame developer in the world, renowned for the virtual worlds it creates. With this exhibition, the Bundeskunsthalle wants to underscore the importance of preserving this universal heritage of all humanity.

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Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

€10/ €6.50 (concessions), Family ticket €16

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Photographing

Visitors may take photographs (without flash) in this exhibition. Share them on social media and use the official hashtags.

Show bibliography
Illustrations
  1. 3D mapping of the Triumphal Arch at Leptis Magna in 2018© Graphic Design: La Méchanique du Plastique, FFD ICONEM / MAFL / DOA3D mapping of the Triumphal Arch at Leptis Magna in 2018 © Graphic Design: La Méchanique du Plastique, FFD ICONEM / MAFL / DOA
  2. 3D image of the courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo, Syria, April 2017© ICONEM / DGAM3D image of the courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo, Syria, April 2017 © ICONEM / DGAM © ICONEM / DGAM
  3. 3D-Rekonstruktion des Minaretts der Umayyaden-Moschee in Aleppo, Syrien© ICONEM / DGAM3D-Rekonstruktion des Minaretts der Umayyaden-Moschee in Aleppo, Syrien © ICONEM / DGAM
  4. Stage of the theatre with the statue of one of the dioscuri, Leptis Magna, Libya, 200© IMA / MEUNIERStage of the theatre with the statue of one of the dioscuri, Leptis Magna, Libya, 2001 © IMA / MEUNIER
  5. Virtual experience in the Our Lady of the Hour Church, Mosul, Iraq© UbisoftVirtual experience in the Our Lady of the Hour Church, Mosul, Iraq © Ubisoft
  6. Areal view of the market in Leptis Magna, Libya, February 2018© FDD ICONEM / MAFL / DOAAreal view of the market in Leptis Magna, Libya, February 2018 © FDD ICONEM / MAFL / DOA
  7. 3D-Rekonstruktion des Minaretts der Umayyaden-Moschee in Aleppo, Syrien© ICONEM / DGAM3D-Rekonstruktion des Minaretts der Umayyaden-Moschee in Aleppo, Syrien © ICONEM / DGAM
  8. Kinder vor der Nabi-Yunis-Moschee, Juli 1983, Mossul, IrakKinder vor der Nabi-Yunus-Moschee, Juli 1983, Mossul, Irak © Yasser Tabbaa Archive, courtesy of Aga Khan Documentation Center at MITKinder vor der Nabi-Yunus-Moschee, Juli 1983, Mossul, Irak © Yasser Tabbaa Archive, courtesy of Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT
  9. Virtual journey through the Basilica of Leptis Magna (detail), Libya© UbisoftVirtual journey through the Basilica of Leptis Magna (detail), Libya © Ubisoft
  10. The theatre at Leptis Magna, Libya, February 2018© FDD ICONEM / MAFL / DOAThe theatre at Leptis Magna, Libya, February 2018 © FDD ICONEM / MAFL / DOA

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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