From the 19th century onward, Afghan art and culture experienced a transformation process which had tremendous consequences, most of them irreversible, intensified in the 20th c. by the growth of the art market. While expatriated artefacts will never return to their birthplace and many objects are lost due to war, destruction and neglect, information technology does enable us today to create a virtual museum of the works of Afghan people. The mission of our AviM - Afghan virtual Museum - website is the documentation, study and analysis of the Afghan Art, and the heritage of NURISTAN in particular, and making the material accessible beyond Afghanistans borders. The main objective is to create a research tool for Afghan art and Inner Asian History of Art for Afghans, and people/scholars all over the world, contribute to the valuation of Afghanistans viried traditions, and to promote Afghanistans reconstruction.
The AviM project was born seven years ago, when, on initiative of the National Museum of Afghanistan/Kabul and financed by the UNESCO, Dr. Maximilian Klimburg and his team started reconstructing and digitizing the collection for the Museum. At the same time parts of the Max Klimburg collection of rare images/ Víenna have been made available on the website of the Austria Afghanistan Society (OEAG/AAS) as well as through various exhibitions and publications (see publication list). In 2011 the Director of the National Museum Afghanistan, Omar Massoudi, approached Max Klimburg to participate in the building up of a NURISTAN Museum in the Hindukush. In 2012 a small permanent exhibition of objects from Nuristan was installed in the Staatliches Museum fuer Voelkerkunde Munich/Germany on occasion of the 80th birthday of Max Klimburg presenting also his research.
The worldwide interest in the changing heritage of Afghanistan triggered the team of AviM to create a website and to build a visual memory about the heritage of Afghanistan, and the ancient culture in the Hindukush in particular, which is based on the singular archive of rare documents and photographs of the Vienna collection. MAX KLIMBURG and his team hope that one day, in a stable, democratic Afghanistan, a physical Museum of NURISTAN might be built, as is currently planned by the National Musuem and other Afghan authorities. But for now, the virtual approach will allow the museum to live.
Muenchen/ Staatliches Museum fuer Voelkerkunde: Permanent exhibition - Nuristan, Land des Lichts im Hindukusch
Opening of the EXHIBITION in the Islam-section of the Museum, 19th September 2012 (initiated and curated by Prof. Dr. J. W. Frembgen): Presentation of objects and photographs from Nuristan and research portrait 'Max Klimburg: 60 years of research and reconstruction in Afghanistan' on occasion of the 80th birthday of Univ. Doz. Dr. Max Klimburg. ...mehr
Nuristan - Restoration of ancient wooden effigies in the National Museum, Kabul
The first project related to the restoration of Nuristan wooden artefacts and digitisation was conducted within the context of the Austria-Afghanistan Society (OEAG/AAS), directed by Dr. M. Klimburg (former president AAS). The goal was the reconstruction and re-installment of the Nuristan-collection in the National-Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, which was supported by the Austrian Foreign Office (Oesterreichisches Aussenministerium). The successful completion was in 2004 and the collection was thereafter presented to the public. With this project the OEAG/AAS achieved a significant and internationally noticed contribution to the reconstruction of the multifaceted cultural heritage of Afghanistans. Today the Nuristan-exhibition is among the permanent presentations from the rich collection Kabul-Nationalmuseum. In addition in 2005 Dr. M. Klimburg established - financed by the UNESCO - a digital inventory of the Nuristan collection. ...mehr