Berlin, October 28. -
in collaboration with
Museum Island, Pergamon Museum
Berlin-Mitte, Am Kupfergraben
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Forty years have passed since the first meeting took place, which later
was to carry the name of Martin Volkmann. Martin Volkmann had invited
carpet lovers to an informal meeting on October 29, 1971. Some twenty
ladies and gentlemen met to exchange ideas about which he reported in
the Volmanntreffen of 1981: “Ten years have passed
met in a private apartment in München-Schwabing to discuss
oriental carpets until 2.30 in the morning with twenty liters of wine
from Baden and forty pairs of sausages.”
In his contribution to the catalogue of the exhibtion of 1978 Martin
Volkmann talks about collecting oriental carpets and the worry of the
collector about the survival of his collection. His own
collection was liqidated when he had to move to a retirement
home. It is easier for stamp collectors to move to such a
In 1971 and also later, Martin Volkmann was surely not aware of the
fact that he had given the impulse to an annual meeting which would
lead friends of the oriental carpet, lovers of Islamic textiles and
people interested in the culture of Muslim regions not only to an
exchange of ideas, a conversation, but also to contacts and personal
The Volkmann Treffen 2011 takes the Forty
Years of the Volkmann Treffen
as the opportunity not to look back at a past originally dedicated only
to the oriental carpet, but to report about adventures, encounters,
surprises and discoveries and to point out that the work with the
material, be it knotted, woven or embroidered, always presents
enrichment. A community has been created, which, although
by tradition, is open to the future, the new and the unknown.
The name Volkmann and with it the person after whom our meeting is
named, became a synonym for the collecting of oriental
Through the liquidation of a collection new collections are created and
existing ones are enriched.
Like into a caleidoscope long-term particpants of the Volkman Treffen
as well as only recently arrived friends will have a look and insight
into the colourful variety of the textile production fascinating
us. The collecting of these objects, whether a product of a
personal passion or a public order, is the focus of this
When you read the program of the meeting, you will be surprised, that
there be a report about Christian motifs in Mogul painting, and you
will wonder in what context this topic is related to the mainly textile
issues of the program. Until now Indian painting and the
depicted in these miniatures have been paid far too little attention.
Little is known about the collecting activities of the Moghul
Sovereigns who thus built a bridge between East and West. Do
up your curiosity!
Our Host, the Museum of Islamic Art, offers us in a special exhibition,
miniatures of the school of the Moghuls “Depicting Feasts in
Islamic Art – Feasts at the Indian
opulence of these feasts is well known, but the splendour of these
celebrations is potrayed again in these depictions.
On the evening of Saturday, October 29, we shall celebrate the 40th
birthday of the Volkmann Treffen in the Restaurant “Humboldt
2” of the Hotel Park Inn, Berlin-Alexander-Platz. It will be
comunal dinner for the participants of the Volkmann Treffen
Each participant will be charged for this dinner buffet Euro 17 per
person, drinks separately.
I cordially invite you all to the weekend of Oct. 28 – 30,
2011 in Berlin.
Let’s celebrate the 40th birthday of the Volkmann
With best regards
Christian Erber für Volkmann-Treffen 2011
|Please remember that it is never too late
But, early registrations facilitate the work.
|You can stay at the Hotel Park Inn Berlin -
Alexanderplatz which is in walking distance from the Museum of Islamic
We were able to obtain special rates available under the password
“Volkmanntreffen 2011” at Euro 119 for a double
109 for a single room per night, incl. all taxes. Please keep in mind
that availability of rooms is not limited until the beginning of
October. Thereafter the hotel reserves the right to limit availability
unrestricted until Sept. 22, restricted until Sept. 27. All rooms have
showers or baths and WC and the breakfast buffet is included in
the room price.
Please make your own reservations as soon as possible.
Tel: +49 (0)
30 - 23 89 - 4333
Fax: +49 (0)
30 - 23 89 - 4546
NB: The Volkmann Treffen
2012 will take place in collaboration with the Museum of
Islamic Art in Berlin from October 26 to 28, 2012.