Furûsiyya

Design of digital mediation tools and production of multimedia content for Furusiyya, a temporary exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

Date
2020
Location
Louvre Abu Dhabi, EAU
Status
Completed
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The Furusiyya exhibition (“Art of Chivalry” in Arabic) presents how knightly culture developed throughout the world and how some of its codes are still applied today, through a rare collection of more than 130 pieces from major international museums, dating from the 10th to the 16th century.

Organized by the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Musée de Cluny-Musée National du Moyen Âge and the Agence France-Muséums from 19 February to 30 May 2020, this exhibition explores the unique connections between Eastern “furusiyya” and Western chivalry, revealing how this gave rise to a knightly class and culture in the Islamic East and the Christian West. The representation of the East, with a particular focus on Iraq and Syria, is examined in comparison with the West via France and Spain.

Epilogue © Li Zhang Yanyan
Feuilletoir Furusiyya
Codex e-reader © reciproque

The Agence France-Muséums entrusted the Vincen Cornu Architecture pool, in collaboration with Reciproque, 8’18’’ and Graphica, as project manager for the temporary exhibition.

Reciproque designed and created the multimedia installations, from drafting the visual accounts to the on-site configuration: audiovisual projections of historical and contemporary chivalry iconography juxtaposing the similarities and differences between the graphic representations from the East and the West, educational film on the living environments and the defensive architecture in the East and the West, and a digital “touch-and-turn” kiosk that enables users to flip through two combat manuals.