the world’s oldest museum, built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago

the world’s oldest museum, built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago

May 30th, 2011 | Egypt, Featured, Menasa, Museums

“In 1925, archaeologist Leonard Woolley discovered a curious collection of artifacts while excavating a Babylonian palace,” writes io9. They were from many different times and places, and yet they were neatly organized and even labeled. Woolley had discovered the world’s first museum. It’s easy to… Read More

Whatever happened to Dubai’s Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art (Momema)?

Whatever happened to Dubai’s Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art (Momema)?

In 2008 his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced building the Momema and the start of “his strategic vision of making the UAE a hub for multicultural understanding. The museum will be a celebration of the region’s artists and art. It will also… Read More

Walk the line in Palestine

Walk the line in Palestine

May 21st, 2011 | Featured, Menasa, Palestine, Videos

Explore the West Bank perimeter through Mark Thomas’ gonzo rambling and Francis Alÿs’ action painting Art Threat: “Currently, it is possible to experience aspects of the Palestinian political drama through complementary events on both sides of the Atlantic; through the work of the British comedian… Read More

Islamic patterns and American quilts

Islamic patterns and American quilts

May 21st, 2011 | Animation, Featured, Islam, Menasa, Videos

Max Hattler’s multi-award winning abstract political short film, in HD. Islamic patterns and American quilts and the colours and geometry of flags as an abstract field of reflection. “To note the five long years that the Iraq campaign has chalked up this month, what better… Read More

Charlie Koolhaas – Art Dubai

Charlie Koolhaas – Art Dubai

May 17th, 2011 | Art Fairs, Featured, Menasa

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeJ8c2uZ9H8&w=640&h=510] An artist collaboration between Charlie Koolhaas and Art Dubai 2011.

Rebel Art: Libyan Youth Find Outlet In Sketches, Song

Rebel Art: Libyan Youth Find Outlet In Sketches, Song

May 12th, 2011 | Featured, Menasa, Politics

“Making Fun of Qaddafi – The rebels may not be winning but they’re successfully mocking Libya’s leader — Uncle Curly — with flair. A look at the graffiti of the Libyan revolution” from Foreignpolicy.com Podcast at NPR: “Young people are heavily involved in the uprising… Read More

Splendours of Mesopotamia

Splendours of Mesopotamia

May 10th, 2011 | Featured, Menasa, Shows

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9tQOlJWc_E&w=640&h=390] “This exhibition introduces the history of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, a crucial region in the development of human civilisation. Splendours of Mesopotamia will be shown at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 29 March – 27 June 2011 Open Daily,… Read More

Four Films from Kamran Shirdel

Four Films from Kamran Shirdel

May 10th, 2011 | Featured, Film, Menasa

“Bidoun and UbuWeb are pleased to present four of Shirdel’s most renowned socio-political documentaries, films that courageously and frankly revealed the darker side of Iran’s economic boom, analyzing the effects of a society flush with oil money. These films were steeped in a deep social… Read More

Artist found his calling in banana plant

Artist found his calling in banana plant

May 10th, 2011 | Featured, Menasa, Paintings

Addid’s Journal: “He is simple, stylish and has uncanny ability to look casual and almost carless. His sentences come slowly, the ideas carefully exposed to release his inner self. The 60-year-old slight, soft-spoken artist talks of his paintings which are rooted in the soil, filled… Read More

Surgeon Using Parody to Dissect the News in Egypt

Surgeon Using Parody to Dissect the News in Egypt

April 29th, 2011 | Featured, Menasa, Satire

Photo: Abdalla F. Hassan for the International Herald Tribune New York Times: “Bassem Youssef, a 37-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon, is closing a television deal that would make him one of the top paid talents on Egyptian television, a rise to stardom that began less than two… Read More