In the spirit of open debate and robust investigation which took place in the old Parliament during the best years of Singapore’s nation-building, The Arts House launches Knowledge Sans Frontières, a lecture series that is designed to spark new perspectives and thinking on history and antiquities.
The series will focus on how the rich material culture of China and parts of Asia is generating new perspectives and new understanding. Speakers range from scholarly individuals who have been studying antiquities of China, and who are bringing to the contemporary world new readings and knowledge.
In the first lecture, Dr Jila Moghimnejad, Director of Islamic Era Museum at the National Museum of Iran, will revisit the famous Chinese blue-and-white ceramics presented by Shah Abbas (1611) to the Ardebil Shrine in Northwestern Iran. Although these ceramics were written about in the seminal work of John Alexander Pope (1957), the turmoil and insulation of Iran following the collapse of Shah Palevi had silenced many scholars on the subject. As Iran opens up to the world, this lecture is one of the earliest we will hear of an Iranian perspective on a slice of Chinese civilisation that has long been enshrined in ancient Iran.
View a short video of the Ardebil Shrine by Iran Press TV: YouTube link