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Louvre Abu Dhabi to exhibit Rembrandt and Vermeer masterpieces

Dutch Golden Age art exhibition to open at museum in UAE capitalThe Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the name outside France, has announced that it will display works by Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer this month.Works by the two artists are part of the gallery’s first exhibition of 2019 – Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Leiden collection and the Musée du Louvre. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Leiden, Vermeer, Rembrandt Vermeer, Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE capitalThe Louvre Abu Dhabi


House of Palestine: the architectural wonder built by a West Bank oil tycoon

The richest man in the occupied territories has indulged his passion for Palladio – by creating a replica of his Villa Rotunda and filling it with priceless treasuresA terracotta-tiled dome pokes up above an avenue of cypress trees, crowning a creamy classical villa that bears the unmistakable influence of the great Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. On each of its four identical sides, flights of stone steps lead up to porticos topped with pediments, which look out across a rolling ...
Tags: Business, Design, Celebrity, Israel, Oil, Life and style, World news, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Palestine, West Bank, Rich lists, Collecting


Damien Hirst delivers controversy with giant uterus sculptures at Qatar hospital

Showpiece outside women’s healthcare centre culminates with 14-metre newborn which has previously raised eyebrowsHealth authorities at a hospital in Qatar are braced for an outcry after unveiling 14 giant bronze sculptures by British artist Damien Hirst that graphically chart the voyage from conception to birth.The vast open-air installation greets patients arriving at the $8bn (£6bn) Sidra medicine hospital and is the centrepiece of a modern art collection that officially opened this week in Do...
Tags: Art, Qatar, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Sculpture, Doha, Damien Hirst, Sidra


Mohamed Salah statue mocked by fans as forward gets Ronaldo treatment

The work unveiled in Egypt captures Liverpool player’s trademark pose – but not necessarily his likenessA statue of Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been unveiled in his home country of Egypt, drawing unfavourable comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Ronaldo.This Mo Salah statue is certainly something... pic.twitter.com/DPE0k9iBlg Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Football, Sport, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Liverpool, Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Ronaldo This Mo Salah


Mohamed Salah statue mocked by fans as striker gets Ronaldo treatment

The work unveiled in Egypt captures Liverpool striker’s trademark pose – but not necessarily his likenessA statue of Liverpool’s star striker Mohamed Salah has been unveiled in his home country of Egypt, drawing unfavourable comparisons with the much-ridiculed bust of Ronaldo.This Mo Salah statue is certainly something... pic.twitter.com/DPE0k9iBlg Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Football, Sport, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Liverpool, Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Ronaldo This Mo Salah


World's most expensive painting is authentic Leonardo, insists expert

Da Vinci scholar says delay in showing £340m Salvator Mundi not due to attribution doubts One of the world’s leading experts on Leonardo da Vinci has said a delay in exhibiting Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, is not due to questions about its authenticity.The art world went into a spin when it was revealed last month that the Louvre Abu Dhabi had indefinitely postponed putting on display the painting bought for a world record price of $450.3m (£342.1m) last year. Continue re...
Tags: Art, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, The art market, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Louvre Abu Dhabi


One little Syrian refugee didn't stop drawing. She gave me this message to show you | Ben Quilty

When Ben Quilty and Richard Flanagan saw a picture by six-year-old Heba, they knew they had to share it with the worldIn 2016, with my friend Richard Flanagan, I stopped at a transit station halfway across Serbia. It was a clear day – blue sky from horizon to frozen horizon. Three dirty black buses rolled into the makeshift rest stop and 200 Syrian people climbed down off the big final bus step in need of food and a toilet break. Anywhere else in the world, a group of people like these would be ...
Tags: Art, Books, Children, Australia news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Serbia, Refugees, Richard, Richard Flanagan, Heba, Ben Quilty


'Our memories have vanished': the Palestinian theatre destroyed in a bomb strike

The Said al-Mishal Centre brought theatre, dance and music to the beleaguered residents of Gaza City. Its destruction in an Israeli air strike last week has sparked outrage – and dealt a heavy blow to Palestinian cultureIt was the deep panic of the last-minute rush known to everyone involved in theatre. One of the playhouse’s top directors, a precocious 27-year-old who had been working in theatre since he was a teenager, was preparing his latest production – a dark comedy. Stage crew and actors ...
Tags: Music, Activism, Protest, Israel, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Stage, World Music, Identity politics, Hamas, Gaza City


UK playwrights condemn bombing of Gaza theatre

Caryl Churchill and National Theatre director bemoan ‘devastating loss’ after Israeli strikeLeading playwrights and directors in Britain have severely criticised the bombing of a major cultural centre in the Gaza Strip by Israel’s air force, calling it a “devastating loss for the already isolated community”.In a letter to the Guardian, 14 figures from UK theatre, including the director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, and dramatist Caryl Churchill, condemned the “total destruction” of the ...
Tags: UK, Israel, Theatre, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Stage, Guardian, National Theatre, Rufus Norris, Caryl Churchill, Gaza Strip


Home Office shamed for barring writers and artists from festival | Letters

Readers respond to news that the Home Office has been refusing visas for authors invited to the Edinburgh Book FestivalOnce again, selected artists invited to the Edinburgh book festival are, in the words of director Nick Barley, being put through a “humiliating” process (Home Office refuses visas for authors invited to Edinburgh book festival, 8 August). Two of them, Marjan Vafaeian and Ehsan Abdollahi, are much-praised Iranian illustrators published by the indie publisher Tiny Owl. Last year, ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Design, UK News, World news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Illustration, Art and design, Festivals, Home Office, Edinburgh, Sajid Javid


Artwork listing names of dead refugees and migrants is destroyed

The List, part of Liverpool Biennial, disappeared from hoardings in the cityAn artwork featuring a list of the 34,361 refugees and migrants who have lost their lives trying to reach Europe has been destroyed in Liverpool.The list, which the Guardian published as a special supplement in June, was produced for World Refugee Day. It was posted on hoardings outside a building site in Liverpool’s Chinatown as part of Liverpool Biennial art festival. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Liverpool, Refugees, Chinatown, Liverpool Biennial


Israel’s most prolific actor: 'The synagogue of the Zionists was the theatre'

Shlomo Bar-Shavit, whose life mirrors the history of Israeli theatre, has appeared in more than 260 productions, including as Nazi doctor Josef Mengele Just shy of 90 years old, Shlomo Bar-Shavit claims to have performed more stage roles than any other actor in Israel. At least 260, he boasts, in a career that predates the creation of his home country in 1948. “I was there from the start,” he says. And in many ways, Bar-Shavit’s life has mirrored the short history of Israeli theatre.The Israeli ...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Judaism, Stage, Nazi, Josef Mengele, Shlomo Bar Shavit, Bar Shavit


When 77 hats do the lotus position: the cosmic world of Younes Rahmoun

On a journey around the bustling, sun-filled medina of his hometown, the Moroccan artist – a contender for the Jameel prize – shows our writer where he finds inspirationOn a bright spring day, the artist Younès Rahmoun is showing me around his home town of Tétouan, a city in Morocco at the foot of the Rif mountains. Inside the medina – the old walled area and a Unesco world heritage site – he spots a bead on the ground. It’s small, plastic and the least interesting thing I can see. Nearby, men i...
Tags: Art, Religion, Culture, Unesco, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Morocco, Sculpture, Islam, Installation, Exhibitions, Victoria, Albert Museum, Jameel, Tetouan, Rif


At Home in Gaza and London: one show on two stages – 2,000 miles apart

A pioneering theatre project exploring the trials of life in Gaza links performers on different continents by live-streamed videoArtists in London and Gaza are to launch a series of simultaneous, live-streamed performances this month in an attempt to connect people living under severe blockade in the coastal enclave with international audiences in Britain.Performers will use video projection as a backdrop to simulate walking through each other’s homes and streets, and interact as if they were in...
Tags: London, Theatre, World news, Culture, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Gaza, Stage, Battersea Arts Centre


Dawit L Petros's best photograph: a shipwrecked Japanese trawler

‘We’re used to seeing overcrowded vessels from Africa washing up on the shores of Europe. But here was one that had travelled the other way’I came across this ship in 2014, a few months into a long, slow journey I was making from Nigeria to Italy. It was a Japanese fishing trawler, and it had washed up on the shores of Nouakchott, on the west coast of Africa, having developed engine trouble.It was almost sunset – the cinematic hour. The sky was warm and the scene was just so inviting. But I knew...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Migration, Italy, Water transport, Fishing, Mauritania, Nouakchott, Dawit L Petros


'We go deeper': the artists spearheading the boom in Iranian art

Their works, which capture a different side of life in Iran, are shifting for vast sums. As the first gallery devoted to Iranian art opens in Britain, we go behind the scenesA giant canvas depicting the union jack overpowers the entrance to Cama Gallery in London. As you get closer to Fereydoon Omidi’s artwork, the Persian letters inscribed on the painting under the thick layers of red, white and blue become more visible. Here, at the first gallery in London to be dedicated to Iranian art, Omidi...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, Iran, Culture, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Omidi, Cama Gallery, Fereydoon Omidi


Fourth plinth review – 'My heart is in my mouth'

Trafalgar Square, LondonMichael Rakowitz’s syrup-tin copy of a treasure destroyed by Isis is a magnificent marriage of sorrow, futility and resistance. One of the best fourth plinth works yetMichael Rakowitz’s new work for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square shimmers, even in the rain and under a leaden sky. A life-sized copy of the winged god that stood at the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from 700 BC until its destruction by Islamic State in 2015, Rakowitz’s replica in London recalls what has been ...
Tags: Art, Isis, London, Islamic State, Iraq, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Sculpture, Installation, Trafalgar Square, Fourth plinth, Rakowitz, LondonMichael Rakowitz, yetMichael Rakowitz, Nergal Gate of Nineveh


Fourth plinth: how a winged bull made of date syrup cans is defying Isis

Michael Rakowitz used 6,000 tin cans to rescue a treasure destroyed by Isis. The Iraqi-American, who once made a work out of Saddam Hussein’s dinner plates, explains why he likes causing troubleIn February 2015, Isis militants videoed themselves drilling the face off one of the commanding stone statues that had guarded the gates of the ancient city of Nineveh for more than a thousand years. The lamassu – winged bulls with serene human faces – were among the most monumental casualties of a spree ...
Tags: Art, Isis, London, Islamic State, Iraq, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Installation, National Gallery, Saddam Hussein, Trafalgar Square, Fourth plinth


Shirin Neshat on the video art that reconnected her with Iran - The Start podcast

The visual artist reveals how her installation Turbulent built a community among the Iranian diaspora in New York, and expressed her feelings for her homelandSubscribe and review on Apple Podcasts or Acast, and join the discussion onFacebook and TwitterIn 1998, a photographer who made New York her home following the Iranian revolution decided to make her first video installation. Parted from her family for 12 years, absent from the place she grew up in, Shirin Neshat sought out a team of exiled ...
Tags: Art, Photography, Music, New York, Film, Video Art, Iran, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, World Music, Installation, World cinema, Shirin Neshat


Yto Barrada's best photograph: the prawn factory where women can't talk

‘The women peel prawns all day while a big tube pumps in cold air, making a deafening noise. They get few breaks and a manager walks up and down telling them to get back to work’In 1998, I was studying anthropology in Paris, but went home to Tangier for the summer. I’d been given an assignment on food so when a friend mentioned she had a job in a prawn processing factory, I decided to go along and take some shots. It was a Dutch plant on Moroccan soil, an early example of globalisation. The praw...
Tags: Art, Business, Photography, Environment, Life and style, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Food & Drink, Food & drink industry, Morocco, Paris, Fishing, North Sea, Tangier


Casablanca Not the Movie – in pictures

There’s no sign of Humphrey Bogart or the stereotyped images found in travel guides in Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili’s photographs of Casablanca. His images are full of energy and surprise, and show what the city is really like. Casablanca Not the Movie is at Riad Yima, Marrakech until 30 June 2018 Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Morocco, Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart, Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili, Riad Yima Marrakech


Returning to Haifa review – disturbing drama is a plea for peace

Finborough, LondonA Palestinian couple return to their former home to be confronted by its new Israeli owner in this unsentimental, gently political family dramaCommissioned by New York’s Public Theater, this play never reached the stage because of pressure from the board. They missed a trick because it is a powerful and disturbing piece now receiving its belated premiere. Adapted by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace from a novella by the Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani (1936-72), it works on...
Tags: New York, Israel, Theatre, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Stage, Poland, Auschwitz, Haifa, Public Theater, Miriam, Naomi Wallace, Ismail Khalidi, Ghassan Kanafani


‘I wanted to channel the anger’: Europe's fearless political playwrights

They’ve stormed the Reichstag, turned terrorism into absurd comedy and asked their audiences for answers. Meet five theatre-makers grappling with crises across the continent.By Daniel Boffey, Constanze Letsch, Philip Oltermann, Helena Smith and Kit Gillet Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Politics, Greece, Law, Germany, Islamic State, Religion, Theatre, Society, UK News, World news, Turkey, Transgender, Culture, Middle East and North Africa


From Ear to Ear to Eye review – voices of battle and the bazaar

Nottingham ContemporaryFrom phone films to ballistics reports, testimony is central to this powerful survey of contemporary Arab artIn the spring of 2014, in one of the most controversial crimes of recent times, Israeli border guards shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank town of Beitunia. CNN reporters captured the deaths on camera, disproving the soldiers’ claim that they were quelling a riot; but still the Israeli government defended its own. In the chaotic investigation that fo...
Tags: Art, Video Art, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Sculpture, West Bank, Installation, Exhibitions, Arab and Middle East unrest, Amman, Hamdan, Nottingham Contemporary, Beitunia CNN, Lawrence Abu Hamdan


Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv | Letters

More than a hundred well-known writers, actors, directors and musicians pledge their support for the singer Lorde, who has decided not to perform in IsraelWe write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post (Report, 1 January).Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “e...
Tags: Books, Music, Lorde, Washington Post, Israel, Theatre, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Stage, Donald Trump, Breitbart, Shmuley Boteach


First for Iran as museum celebrates works of woman exiled for decades

First museum dedicated to solo female artist to display works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who gained international acclaim during years of exileIran has opened its first museum dedicated to a solo female artist – Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who has received widespread international attention during decades of exile.The nonagenarian doyenne of Iranian art and friend of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, had her first US solo museum exhibition at the Guggenheim in New Y...
Tags: Art, New York, US, World news, Iran, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Guggenheim, Willem De Kooning, Andy Warhol Jackson Pollock, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian


Iran opens first museum dedicated to female artist

Museum to display works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who gained international acclaim during years of exileIran has opened its first museum dedicated to a solo female artist – Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who has received widespread international attention during decades of exile.The nonagenarian doyenne of Iranian art and friend of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, had her first US solo museum exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York in 2015. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, US, World news, Iran, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Guggenheim, Willem De Kooning, Andy Warhol Jackson Pollock, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian


Qatar's dynamic young artists showcased in major Berlin exhibition

Contemporary Art Qatar includes 300 works reflecting the kingdom’s rapid change into a cultural and commercial hubThe largest ever exhibition of contemporary Qatari art has gone on display in Berlin, showcasing a dynamic generation of young artists, at least half of them women, presenting a society in a rapid state of flux.Housed in Kraftwerk, a former East German electrical power plant better known nowadays as a techno palace, Contemporary Art Qatar includes almost 300 works by 73 artists. Cont...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Qatar, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Kraftwerk


Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: Abu Dhabi bought world's most expensive painting

Louvre Abu Dhabi to display artwork sold for $450m as buyer is revealed as emirate’s culture ministryLeonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ, which was sold for a record $450m (£335m) at auction last month, was acquired by Abu Dhabi’s department of culture and tourism, according to Christie’s in New York.The announcement was the latest twist in a saga over the painting after it was reported that the buyer was the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, United Arab Emirates, The art market, Abu Dhabi, Jesus Christ, Christie, Mohammed bin Salman, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci, Salvator Mundi


Abu Dhabi was buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi, says auctioneer

Christie’s says emirate’s department of culture and tourism bought painting and it will be displayed in Louvre Abu DhabiLeonardo da Vinci’s painting of Jesus Christ, which was sold for a record $450m (£335m) at auction last month, was acquired by Abu Dhabi’s department of culture and tourism, according to Christie’s in New York.The announcement was the latest twist in a saga over the painting after it was reported that the buyer was the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Continue reading.....
Tags: Art, New York, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, United Arab Emirates, The art market, Abu Dhabi, Jesus Christ, Christie, Mohammed bin Salman, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, Louvre Abu DhabiLeonardo da Vinci



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