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Sunday, September 21, 2014
News: The United Arab Emirates is to restore the MIA
Rehabilitation of the Museum of Islamic Art is to start soon after the United
Arab Emirates adopts its restoration
A hall inside the MIA before damaged
a seven-month hiatus, restoration work of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in
central Cairo is finally set to begin. The MIA was subjected to severe
destruction and damage in January after a car bomb exploded outside the
adjacent Cairo Security Directorate. The blast of the bomb destroyed the façade
of the building and the nearby Egyptian National Library and Archives building.
several meetings and discussion, The United Arab of Emirates offered to restore
the whole museum in collaboration with foreign experts from Italy, Germany and
the United States.
minister Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the Emirates will not only
provide the required budget to return the MIA to its original lure but to
provide all security equipment and state-of-the-art showcases. The restoration
will also include the renovation of the museum’s walls, columns and
went on to say that the museum halls and treasured collection will be arranged
as they were before with the exception of the souvenir hall that was located in
the core of the museum. “It will be relocated to another place at the end of
visitors’ path,” explained Eldamaty.
said that in mid-September a delegation of the International Committee of
Museums (ICOM) is to visit Egypt and embark on a tour of the MIA to inspect its
recent situation and suggest ideas for its restoration. Collaboration methods
are to be also discussed.
Museum of Islamic Art was home to an exceptional collection of rare woodwork
and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textiles
objects of all Islamic periods from all over the world.
Damages inside the MIA
The museum is a
two-story building, with the lower floor containing an exhibition hall that
displays 2,500 artefacts in 25 galleries. The second floor and the basement are
to be used for storage.
blast of the car-bomb not only destroyed the façade of the building, but also
damaged the large columns at its front. The interior of the museum was
topsy-turvy, with a number of ceilings inside the building collapsing, and some
artefacts being damaged.
of the glass window panes that once decorated the building have also been
shattered, and damage has been caused across the façade, which has lost some of
its decorative casing.
authentic wooden gate of the museum inlaid with silver and iron geometric
motifs has been totally destroyed, while the adjacent annex built in a similar
architectural style to house the administrative offices after the museum’s
restoration and re-inauguration in 2010 has also been damaged …… Now a new hope
is in the air.