The Museum of Byzantine Culture, in the frame of cooperation of the five museums of Thessaloniki, “Movement 5M”, participates in the events of the 3rd Biennale 2011 with the organization of a temporary exhibition, titled “Byzantium and the Arabs”. This is the first time that a state museum in Greece has attempted to present this theme, which pertains not only to the two neighbouring worlds, the Byzantine and the Arabic, but also to the interesting, distinct relations and interactions stemming from their contact.
The exhibition covers the period from Islam’s emergence in the 7th century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, and is divided into three sections. The exhibition is comprised of 104 objects (icons, manuscripts, jewelry, coins, ceramics, and sculptures) from the 7th to the 18th centuries AD displayed along with extensive visual material. The selected exhibits originate from the collections of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, as well as other public and private museums, including the National Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Historical Museum of Crete and various Ephorates of Antiquities in Greece. The exhibition is part of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s initiative “Thessaloniki: Cultural Crossroads”, which is dedicated for the year 2011 to the Middle East.