How an exhibition captured the essence of Lebanon’s art scene from the 1960s and ’70s

How an exhibition captured the essence of Lebanon’s art scene from the 1960s and ’70s

On October 17, protests broke out in Lebanon. On the same day, an exhibition titled ‘At the still point of the turning world, there is the dance’, opened at the Sursock Museum, looking at Lebanese artists active in the 1960s and 1970s. “The show opened at 6pm, and by 9am the roads started to get cut off,” recalls Carla Chammas, co-curator of the show. Yet two months after this inauspicious start, New York online arts magazine Hyperallergic listed the show in its pick of the world’s top 15 exhibitions of 2019. Its two curators were surprised by the way young Lebanese artists visiting the show drew parallels with the 1960s. “There’s a rising-up today against decades-old structures – which is a beautiful coincidence,” says Rachel Dedman, who recently returned to London after six years in Lebanon to be curator of Contemporary Middle Eastern art at the Victoria and Albert Museum. “There’s a strength of bold women creatives in the show, at a...
mahmoud hasnah - Mar 23, 2020
Works by Andy Warhol, Banksy and Ayman Baalbaki to go on view in Dubai ahead of auction

Works by Andy Warhol, Banksy and Ayman Baalbaki to go on view in Dubai ahead of auction

In its first exhibition of the year, Show & Tell, Sotheby’s Dubai will present works by artists across different periods and geographies, including Andy Warhol, Banksy, Yoshimoto Nara, Ayman Baalbaki and Parvis Tanavoli. A total of 21 modern and contemporary works will be on view and open to the public in DIFC from Sunday, February 9, to Thursday, February 13. After that, the works will make their way to London, where they will be included in the 20th Century Art (Middle East) auction on Tuesday, March 24, and Contemporary Curated auction on Tuesday, April 21. Show & Tell includes Banksy’s Happy Choppers, a work from 2002 that shows a squadron of military helicopters in mid-air, with the vehicle in the lead donning a pink bow below its blades. Despite his own distaste for the secondary market, the anonymous artist from the UK has seen his value at auction rise over the...
mahmoud hasnah - Mar 23, 2020
Four things you need to know about the RAK Fine Arts Festival

Four things you need to know about the RAK Fine Arts Festival

The grand opening of the eighth annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival takes place tonight in an abandoned pearling village. The festival runs for two months and is less than an hour's drive from Dubai. Running until Saturday, March 31, attendance to the festival is free. The full schedule of events can be found on rakfinearts.ae . The festival runs until March 31. Here are four things to know... It takes place in an abandoned pearling village Art lovers can stroll through the ancient maritime town of Jazirah Al Hamra to view artwork either exhibited in winding alleyways or in in the homes of pearl divers and merchants. The village is the traditional home of the Za’ab tribe, who used more than 12 million pieces of coral to construct the mosques, homes and shops until the practice was abandoned from the late 1960s. The settlement has about 500 buildings and is the region’s...
mahmoud hasnah - Mar 23, 2020
Arabic calligraphy to be registered on Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Arabic calligraphy to be registered on Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Arabic calligraphy is to be registered on Unesco’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The artistic practice has had a profound place in Arab culture since the 10th century, but has only now been considered for the list, which was established in 2008. There are already a number of calligraphic practices on the Unesco list. Chinese calligraphy was registered on the list in 2009 and Mongolian calligraphy was inscribed in 2013, while Armenian letter art made it on the list last year. There are a number of styles associated with khat, as the practice is known in the Arab world, from the Kufic calligraphy that was used to copy the Holy Quran between the 8th and 10th century, to the more legible Naskh, the extravagant Thuluth and more contemporary variations of the practice. Why is the practice being considered for the Unesco list now? We can thank a joint Arab cooperation meeting in Saudi Arabia for that. So far, Saudi Arabia has...
mahmoud hasnah - Mar 23, 2020
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How an exhibition captured the essence of Lebanon’s art scene from the 1960s and ’70s
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On October 17, protests broke out in Lebanon. On the same day, an exhibition titled ‘At the still point...
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Works by Andy Warhol, Banksy and Ayman Baalbaki to go on view in Dubai ahead of auction
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Works by Andy Warhol, Banksy and Ayman Baalbaki to go on view in Dubai ahead of auction

In its first exhibition of the year, Show & Tell, Sotheby’s Dubai will present works by artists across...
Mar 23, 2020
Four things you need to know about the RAK Fine Arts Festival
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Four things you need to know about the RAK Fine Arts Festival

The grand opening of the eighth annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival takes place tonight in an...
Mar 23, 2020
Arabic calligraphy to be registered on Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage
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Arabic calligraphy to be registered on Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Arabic calligraphy is to be registered on Unesco’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The artistic practice has had a profound...
Mar 23, 2020