Until August 14, 2011
Pergamon Museum Berlin
»It would be truly wonderful if the smashed fragments from the stone images could somehow be gathered together, brought to the National Museums and reassembled at a later date. In the case of this collection, it would, however, be a tremendous task, since the sculptures have been shattered into countless, often minute fragments.«
MAX VON OPPENHEIM AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF HIS TELL HALAF MUSEUM, 1944
A hundred years after the start of excavations at Tell Halaf, in what is today north-east Syria, Max Freiherr von Oppenheim’s long-cherished wish has finally been realized: his monumental sculptures, originally believed to be irretrievably damaged, are now to go on display in the Pergamonmuseum.