Dust & Silk

Steppe and Silk Roads

16 December 2021 to 3 May 2022
The exhibition Dust & Silk takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the past and the present, exploring connections between these historical routes and the »New Silk Road«.

 

About the exhibition

About the exhibition

Silk textiles and ikat fabrics, tea, and »wild apples« made their way to Europe along these legendary historical trade routes. Today, these transport- and trade links are of interest for different reasons. Large-scale infrastructure projects dominate the regions along the old steppe and silk roads, producing not only dust but also mining raw materials. But rarely have the places, people and paths between the eastern and western ends of the Eurasian continent been the focus of attention. The exhibition Dust & Silk directs our focus to these spaces in between.

The exhibition juxtaposes more than 200 historical objects, artworks and photographs with contemporary artistic positions and multi-voiced commentaries. The exhibits include outstanding collection pieces from the Weltmuseum Wien as well as outstanding international loans.


We have invited artists to create works that focus on subjects including infrastructure, speed, distance and connectedness, globalization, colonialism, nomadism, and the mining of resources. Connecting modern perspectives with historical material allows us to tell surprising and often overlooked stories.

In cooperation with the research project „Dispersed and Connected“ (FWF/PEEK AR 394-G24)

Scientific and artistic project lead & curation
Maria-Katharina Lang (Institute for Social Anthropology/ÖAW)
Exhibition concept & design
Maria-Katharina Lang & Christian Sturminger

Daily except Wednesday
10 am to 6 pm

Tuesday
10 am to 9 pm

Weltmuseum Wien

Heldenplatz
1010 Vienna, Austria

Program for children

Discovering the exhibition with children

In the exhibition Dust & Silk. Steppe & Silk Roads, a children's riddle rally awaits the young visitors. Even 1000 years ago there were many trade routes between Asia and Europe. Camels, horses and people transported many things. Find out why people talk about the Silk Road today, what the sky horses are all about and what "bound clouds" are.   

An entertaining tour through the exhibition for the whole family, especially for children from 6 to 12 years.

The accompanying booklet is available for 2 euros at the ticket office!

 

Die Ausstellung mit Kindern entdecken

In the exhibition Dust & Silk. Steppe & Silk Roads, a children's riddle rally awaits the young visitors. Even 1000 years ago there were many trade routes between Asia and Europe. Camels, horses and people transported many things. Find out why people talk about the Silk Road today, what the sky horses are all about and what "bound clouds" are.   

An entertaining tour through the exhibition for the whole family, especially for children from 6 to 10 years.

The accompanying booklet is available for 2 euros at the ticket office!

 

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