Yemen exhibition in Denmark [Archives:2006/938/Local News]

April 17 2006

GUDHIEM, 15 April ) An exhibition on Yemen has just opened at Gudhjem Museum in Denmark. The exhibition describes the Yemen, mountains, deserts, agriculture, fisheries, architecture and people, along with dresses, textiles, household utensils and art-handicrafts.

The Yemen exhibition, which opened on the first of April, has been very well received by the Danish public. Yemen is known in Denmark, but mainly from the Danish traveller and scholar Carsten Niebuhr who visited Yemen in 1762-1763. The exhibition comprises a series of excellent large, photographs, taken by the Danish anthropologist Nils Munch-Petersen. Many of the photographs show the Jabal Bura'a and some areas in the Tihama.

Dr. Nils Munch-Petersen first visited Yemen in 1979 and later travelled in North Yemen during 1981. In the years 2002-2003 he was team leader of the project for preservation of the unique forest on Jibal Bura`a sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Environment.

“Yemen is a unique country, with some of the most exquisite architecture in the world,” says Nils Munch-Petersen. “Wonderful markets and colours everywhere. Especially the traditional hand woven textiles from Yemen have been described by the Danish press as exquisite and unique.”

The Yemen exhibition will travel to other Danish cities during this and the following year.