Never seen before artwork at Louvre Abu Dhabi show

Updated 05 February 2013
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Never seen before artwork at Louvre Abu Dhabi show

Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its next exhibition ‘Birth of a Museum’ on April 22 that will run until July 20 on Saadiyat Island showcasing important works of art from the Louvre Abu Dhabi permanent collection, some of which have never been seen or revealed before.
Almost 130 artworks will be shown in Manarat Al-Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District’s art and exhibition center, and will give visitors insight into the museum’s narrative and collection ahead of its opening in 2015.
Born of an agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi will display art, manuscripts and objects of historical, cultural and sociological significance. The museum and its growing permanent collection is owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi. Spanning millennia, the items on display will originate from societies and cultures all over the world, but universal themes and common influences will be highlighted to illustrate similarities arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history.
Like the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the exhibition proposes a singular and original rereading of the history of art and is built around several key artistic and aesthetic questions core to the identity of the new museum: Universalism, the comparison between artworks from great civilizations from the most ancient times to the contemporary and the multidisciplinary nature of artistic creation. It will also explore the status of the work of art, through universal themes in the exhibition.
Another milestone for the museum’s ongoing cultural program is the second Louvre Abu Dhabi: Talking Art Series, (running monthly until the June 26, 2013), a rich program of public events which explore the significance of individual art works both in art historical terms and in the context of the museum’s growing collection, which began in October 2012.
This is supported by an expanding education program with school and University students throughout the United Arab Emirates.
Birth of a Museum is the thirteenth exhibition held prior to the opening of the Saadiyat Cultural District museums. Exhibitions are now at Manarat Al-Saadiyat, the art exhibition center on Saadiyat Island which has been open since 2009. The general curator of the exhibition is Laurence des Cars, Curatorial Director of Agence France-Muséums (AFM), who is supported by a TCA Abu Dhabi and AFM team of diversified skill sets. Museography is done by architect Jean-François Bodin.


Saudi artist wins place at coveted Silk Road show

Updated 20 July 2018
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Saudi artist wins place at coveted Silk Road show

  • The annual festival highlights China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative
  • Artworks are selected by a committee that evaluates the works

RIYADH: Artworks by Saudi sculptor and painter Kamal Al-Mualem will be displayed at the Silk Road International Arts Festival and Exhibition at the Shaanxi Provincial Museum of Fine Arts in Xi’an, China, in September.
Hosted annually by China’s Ministry of Culture, the festival highlights President Xi Jinping’s strategic concept of “One Belt, One Road” in the field of humanities, and encourages cultural exchange between China and other countries.
Speaking to Arab News, Al-Mualem said: “It is a matter of great pride that a Saudi artist will show works to an art-loving Chinese audience and foreign visitors.”
“It is a matter of great pride that a Saudi artist will show works to an art-loving Chinese audience and foreign visitors,” he said.
Artworks are selected by a committee that evaluates the works and puts the results on an official website. The committee then sends a letter of confirmation to selected artists that their works have been accepted for participation.
Al-Mualem said that the international exhibition is a platform for contemporary cultural exchange and highlights the role of Chinese culture in the art of Silk Road.
The artist represented the Kingdom at the same exhibition last year.
“I seek blessings from the Almighty Allah to help me in representing the dear homeland in the best way possible that reflects well for Saudi arts and culture,” said Al-Mualem, an Eastern Province artist who studied fine art at the Florence Fine Arts Academy in Italy.
Al-Mualem’s work has been shown in international exhibitions, including the Changcheng and Chuanqing International Sculpture Exhibition in China.
Last year 300 artists from 106 countries participated in the Silk Road International Art Exhibition, gaining recognition and support from around the world.