Avinoam Shalem

Avinoam Shalem is Professor for History of Islamic Art at Munich University and Max-Planck Professor Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. His main field of interest concerns artistic interactions in the Mediterranean basin, migration of objects, and medieval aesthetics. He has been teaching in different universities, and was the Andrew Mellon Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2006) and a Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Centre (2009). He has published extensively on medieval Islamic, as well as Jewish and Christian art. He is currently directing the research project: Crossing Boundaries, Creating Images: In Search of the Prophet Muhammad, acts as the initiator of the series of exhibitions Changing Views to be held in Munich in 2010, and co-curates the exhibition The Future of Tradition: the Tradition of Future in Haus der Kunst.