The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

The Book of Secrets was copied in 1266 (in Toledo) from an original dating back to the eleventh century by the Andalusian engineer Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi. It is an extraordinarily important manuscript in the field of the history of science, because it represents one of… Read More

Looking at Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari

Looking at Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari

July 30th, 2013 | Arab World, Contemporary Art, Lebanon, Shows

Working in photography, film, video, installation, and performance, Beirut-based artist Akram Zaatari has built a complex, compelling body of work that explores the state of image-making today. One of the founders of the Arab Image Foundation, which aims to track down and preserve photos from… Read More

First group show of Emirati artists in UK at Sotheby’s

First group show of Emirati artists in UK at Sotheby’s

July 23rd, 2013 | Arab World, Contemporary Art, Shows

Until 9th August 2013 Sotheby’s London hosts in its New Bond Street galleries the first-ever group exhibition comprising 12 works by important established and also emerging artists from the United Arab Emirates curated by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF). Originally curated to accompany… Read More

Videos from the Global Art Forum 2013

Videos from the Global Art Forum 2013

May 22nd, 2013 | Arab World, Contemporary Art, Talks, Videos

Featuring commissioned projects and research, as well as six days of live talks, the Global Art Forum brought together a diverse line-up of participants, including artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers and writers. Founded and produced by Art Dubai, Global Art Forum was presented by the… Read More

The Louvre’s unspent €25m from Abu Dhabi

The Louvre’s unspent €25m from Abu Dhabi

May 7th, 2013 | Arab World, France, Museums, News

A letter leaked to French newspaper Libération reveals not all has been well between emirati and French authorities. Ten days before the 200 works of art bought so far for the Louvre Abu Dhabi went on show on Saadiyat Island last month the paper. “The… Read More

Visual Arabia 2013

Visual Arabia 2013

Most excellent website “Watch the titles” is taking a look at Visual Arabia 2013, the gathering of creatives in the field of design, illustration, animation and photography which took place for the first time on March 20, 2013 in Dubai: “Visual Arabia 2013 was born… Read More

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha Sale – Highest result in the region

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha Sale – Highest result in the region

April 27th, 2013 | Arab World, Auctions, Contemporary Art, News, Qatar

Last night, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Doha auction achieved the strong total of $15,199,750, solidly between the pre-sale expectations of $11.1/16.1 million, establishing the highest price for an auction of Contemporary Art in the Middle East region. The sale was 89.1% sold by lot. Records were… Read More

Cross-border – Contemporary Female Artists from the Arabian Mediterranean Region

Cross-border – Contemporary Female Artists from the Arabian Mediterranean Region

April 24th, 2013 | Arab World, Contemporary Art, Women

Over the course of the “Arab Spring” the region to the south of the Mediterranean is undergoing a state of transformation, the events of which are followed in Europe with great interest, but also with hope and skepticism. With respect to content, the focus of… Read More

Louvre Abu Dhabi shows more than 130 artworks from permanent collection

Louvre Abu Dhabi shows more than 130 artworks from permanent collection

April 17th, 2013 | Arab World, Museums, News

(AFP) The Louvre Abu Dhabi gallery on Tuesday unveiled more than 130 artworks from the museum’s first permanent collection, ranging from paintings by Picasso and Mondrian to Islamic miniatures. “In this exhibition, we have the chance to demonstrate the universal aspect by putting in parallel… Read More

Raufa Hassan Gallery strikes a chord in Yemen

Raufa Hassan Gallery strikes a chord in Yemen

April 9th, 2013 | Arab World, Galleries, Yemen

A vibrant art gallery and an activist rock band in Yemen have been creating a stir in this conservative Arab country. Al Jazeera reports from Sanaa, Yemen: “Yemeni entrepreneur Taysir al-Sharki reaches into her self-designed purse embellished in sitara fabric – a pattern usually reserved… Read More