Louvre Abu Dhabi sets Da Vinci unveiling for September

In this file photo taken on October 24, 2017 Christie’s employees pose in front of a painting entitled Salvator Mundi by Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci at a photocall at Christie’s auction house in central London. (AFP)
Updated 27 June 2018
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Louvre Abu Dhabi sets Da Vinci unveiling for September

DUBAI: The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Wednesday it will unveil its most prized acquisition on Sept. 18 — a very rare painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that was bought for a record $450 million last year.
The “Salvator Mundi,” a portrait of Jesus Christ painted in 1500, was the only one of the fewer than 20 paintings believed to be the work of the famed Renaissance Old Master still in private hands when it went under the hammer at Christie’s in November.
It was only six years ago that it was declared authentic after long being dismissed as a copy by one of Da Vinci’s students.
“Lost and hidden for so long in private hands, Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece is now our gift to the world,” the chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, Mohamed Khalifa Al-Mubarak, said in a statement announcing the public unveiling.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has kept tight-lipped over the identity of the painting’s buyer, saying only that the emirate’s Department of Culture and Tourism had “acquired” it.


French label under fire over ‘Don’t Shoot’ t-shirt inspired by Lebanese war

Vetement's Spring/Summer 2020 show was held in Paris. (AFP)
Updated 25 June 2019
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French label under fire over ‘Don’t Shoot’ t-shirt inspired by Lebanese war

French label under fire over ‘Don’t Shoot’ t-shirt inspired by Lebanese war

DUBAI: French label Vetements has come under fire online for featuring a T-shirt that read “Don’t shoot” in Arabic, French and English,at its Spring/Summer 2020 show last week.

The t-shirt is a replica of one worn by journalists in Lebanon in 1982’s Israeli invasion of the country.

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Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Emirati fashion label Qasimi released a near identical t-shirt in 2018, which led regional influencers such as Tamara Al-Gabbani and the designer himself to take to Instagram with angry comments.

Speaking to Vogue Arabia this week, Khalid bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, who doesn’t own copyright for the phrase, said: “I understand what they are doing. It’s about consumerism. But it’s a complete f*** you to the region … I used that print to highlight the plight of something going on in the Middle East. For Vetements to use it in such a flippant and provocative manner; I don’t think they realize what these words mean to us Arabs.”

Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia is no stranger to controversy, having come under sire in 2016 for his t-shirt emblazoned with the DHL logo.

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