Innovating tradition is the title of the exhibition with which the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife is putting the final touches to the Redalh cross-border project, carried out in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Tangier-Tetouan region, whose main objective is to recover, preserve and disseminate the importance of the shared craft legacy of the Maghreb and al-Andalus. The exhibition, which will be inaugurated on 8th February in the Kasbah Museum in Tangiers before moving to the Casas de la Mimbre in the Alhambra where it will remain until the 2nd March 2014, recreates the workplaces of the craftsmen who worked the different materials and includes replicas of pieces made with different craft techniques and in different media, a sign of the continued importance of these craft traditions.
The conclusions to the various research studies and projects carried out in the two regions during the course of this Project will also be presented in graphic and audiovisual format.
Plaster, wood and ceramics will be the stars of the exhibition. The ancient Muslim craftsmen used their knowledge of the properties of these raw materials and of traditional techniques to transform them into excellent decorations, considered today as genuine works of art.
The Redalh Project was financed jointly by the European Union and by the Council of the Alhambra and Generalife as part of the second round of Projects in the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme.