Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity

Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity

July 4th, 2011 | Arab World, Menasa, Shows

“Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art yesterday announced its new exhibition, ‘Swalif: Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity,’ open to the public between August 14 and October 29,” writes The Gulf Times. ‘Swalif: Qatari Art Between Memory and Modernity’ features artworks from the collection… Read More

Shows: Gifts of the Sultan, The Genius of the Orient, Orientalism in Europe & the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival

Shows: Gifts of the Sultan, The Genius of the Orient, Orientalism in Europe & the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival

June 28th, 2011 | Arab World, Islam, Menasa, Shows

Here are three shows and a festival full of arts and culture from the Menasa region for this summer. Image above: Painting by James TISSOT The Genius of the Orient: Modern Europe and the Arts of Islam Henri Matisse, Red carpets, the summer of 1906,… Read More

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