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Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe. Arab-German Storytelling Traditions

18 Apr - 18 Aug 2019

Neues Museum Berlin

Storytelling is as old as humanity and at the foundations of civilizations worldwide. Just as cultural practices, religious beliefs, and other aspects of society change through interaction with others, so too do stories. Tales weave between cultures, with each adapting a common story to fit their own unique context. The results are stories that are distinct, yet familiar.
The exhibition ‘Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe. Arab-German Storytelling Traditions’ looks into the mutual influences and shared ideas of Arab and German storytelling traditions. It presents the first written traditions of stories and fairy tales, the earliest known examples of which began in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. It investigates how they were adapted and interpreted through time and space, and points out the shared elements in these storytelling traditions.
It aims to show the transcultural value of narrative traditions as a shared cultural heritage, and highlights mutual influences, shared ideas, and cultural transfer between the Arab world and Germany through storytelling past and present. To this day, stories and histories have inspired writers, artists, film-makers and scholars, such as the Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), and received generous funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

For further information on the festive opening of this special exhibition on 17 April 2019, kindly find the invitation flyer below.




Lectures on the Exhibition
Griechischer Hof | Neues Museum | Bodestraße 1-3 | 10178 Berlin | 7 p.m.

21.05. Prof. Dr. Marcel Lepper & Prof. Dr. Verena Lepper:
Goethe und der Orient (Diskussionsabend) (in German)

18.06. Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler:
Kalila wa Dimna. Ein einzigartiges Werk der Weltliteratur (in German)

16.07. Prof. Dr. Bilal Orfali:
Maqamat. Schelmengeschichten und die Reisen eines Trickbetrügers (in English)

16.08. Finnisage der Sonderausstellung mit Musiker Adham Elsaid


Public Guided Tours (in German)
Arabisch-Deutsche Erzähltraditionen
Saturday | 3 p.m. | 20.04., 04.05., 18.05., 01.06., 15.06., 29.06., 13.07., 27.07., 10.08.


Public Guided Tours (in Arabic)
تقاليد رواية القصص العربية الألمانية
Sunday | 3 p.m. | 05.05., 12.05., 19.05., 11.08., 02.06.


Guided Tours with the Curator (in German)
Thursday | 6 p.m. | 30.05., 27.06., 11.07., 08.08.


'Narrative Theatre' for Adults (in German)
Thursday | 6 p.m. | 13.06.


'Narrative Theatre' for Families (in German)
Sunday | 4 p.m. | 26.05., 16.06.
Children 6-12 Years


Holiday Workshop 'Magical Transformation' (in German)
Wednesday – Friday | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 03. – 05.07.
Children 6-9 Years


Kindly find further information on the accompanying program to the exhibition below.

Date, Time & Venue

18 April – 18 August 2019, All Day,
Neues Museum Berlin, Bodestr. 1-3, 10178 Berlin


Arabic, English & German

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