At the British Museum, The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic world represents a way to rethink the history of the Islamic world in a new exciting vision for visitors and also shows the cultural diversity of this vast region through a framed, inclusive perspective. The renovation of the Albukhary Gallery was inaugurated on 18th of October 2018, in a partnership between the British Museum and the Albukhary Foundation based in Malaysia.
The British Museum’s Islamic collection, in Rooms 42-43, comprises a broad and diverse spectrum of the cultural artefacts from an immense geographic area stretching from the Mediterranean to the Far East, from Africa to China, along a chronological arch that goes from the origins of Islam to the present date. This new Gallery brings together stories of interconnected worlds across time from archaeological material to contemporary art, from the paintings and vessels made for royal patrons to the evocative objects of daily life.
Goppion was consulted to support this project and increase the interaction between masterpieces of art, vision of museum and display case. The company’s innovative solutions have always taken into consideration the symbiotic relationship of art and engineering design.
The architect firm Stanton & Williams have designed the project with a sense of orderliness and clarity for a decidedly characterised gallery. The choice of the large format of display cases engineered by Goppion enables visitors to identify with the values represented through its display case and gain a deeper insight into the objects on display.
The engineering and production of the gallery's display cases has meant a notable challenge and effort for Goppion, both from a quantitative and a qualitative point of view. It is, as a matter of fact, sixty wall display cases, island display cases and table display cases of great dimensions and of a particularly high structural complexity.
Some elements shared by all the display cases are the large dimensions (the island display cases have an exhibition volume of 28 m3) and the breadth of the parts that can be opened. All the display cases have a mechanical opening system. In the wall display cases the hinged doors are suspended, so as to prevent possible deflection of the plates throughout time.
The cross-disciplinary collaboration between museum, architects and Goppion aims to promote the dialogue between people and cultures, along with the values of peace and coexistence, through the exhibition of artworks and artefacts which showcase the deep connections between the Islamic, Mediterranean and European cultures.