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Dubai: Art and Design Move Forward


Sylvia Smith In a pile-up of Ds, Design Days Dubai dives Downtown for its fifth show presenting more than 750 limited edition works, many making their first public appearance. The first collection of Emirati design was brought together indicating a … Continue reading

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Iraqi-born architectural genius Dame Zaha Hadid dies following heart attack


The Iraqi-born, British-based, world renowned trail blazing architect Dame Zaha Hadid,  has died aged 65. This year she was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal in recognition of her work. She died following … Continue reading

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MB6: Not New Now

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Sylvia Smith A cryptic, James Bond-style title announces the retrospective nature of the sixth and latest Marrakech Biennale (MB6). Not New Now, rather loosely translated into French as Quoi de neuf La?, a hard-to-pin-down phrase but ably interpreted by Palestinian … Continue reading

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21,39: Planet Jeddah

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Sylvia Smith Maps, plans, cartography and geographic co-ordinates dominate this year’s planet-focused Jeddah annual exhibition, nudging Saudi contemporary art out of its comfort zone and propelling it into the global environmental debate. Earth and Ever After’s poster is apposite showing … Continue reading

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Book review – The sultan’s world

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The Sultan’s world -the Ottoman Orient in renaissance art By Robert Born, Michael Dziewulski, Guido Messling Published by Hatje Cantz ISBN 9783775739665 Price €49.80 hardback A look at the Orient: Renaissance masterpieces evoke the Ottoman Empire News of the fall … Continue reading

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Movers and Sheikhas

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Sylvia Smith The meteoric rise of ‘girl power’ in the Gulf coincides with plummeting oil revenues, and its trickle-down effect on already reduced arts budgets, is sparking deep discussions about the longer term cultural impact. A recent conference has put … Continue reading

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UAE sponsored THEEB nominated for Academy Award


  The movie Theeb, by Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar, has been nominated, along with four other projects from Denmark, Hungary, France, and Columbia for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, out of 82 films originally … Continue reading

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Hi Jaafar, Nice to meet you – You are currently living in Miami, but you are originally from Jordan. How was it growing up in Amman ? What music did you listen to ? When did you decide that you … Continue reading

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Mosaic Video Arts – Book Marker

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Book Marker Sylvia Smith Although 1,001 Nights and Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet continue to hold Western audiences in thrall, it was Naguib Mahfouz’s beautifully nuanced The Cairo Trilogy which won the Arab world’s only Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. … Continue reading

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Qatar to celebrate links with China in 2016

China's innovative contemporary art scene is certain to provoke debate

 Under the patronage of Chairperson, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (below), Qatar Museums (QM) has announced the outline programme for the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture. The Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture, which will … Continue reading

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