Dua Lipa to perform at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The “One Kiss” singer, who performed in Abu Dhabi in February, will take to stage as part of the museum’s first anniversary celebrations. (AFP)
Updated 28 October 2018
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Dua Lipa to perform at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

DUBAI: British singer Dua Lipa is set to perform at the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s concert village on Nov. 11, it was announced on Sunday.
The “One Kiss” singer, who performed in Abu Dhabi in February, will take to stage as part of the museum’s first anniversary celebrations and will kick off a week of events and activities.
From Nov. 9 – 10, a series of pop-up performances titled “Spoken Art,” directed by Dorian Paul Rogers, will see seven spoken-word poets perform from across the museum, from the permanent galleries to under the famous, intricate dome. The poets, who will perform pieces inspired by artworks in the museum, include Jayzus Zain and Qutouf Yahia from Sudan; Safwa Mohammed and Jorge Monterrosa from the US; Chamma Al-Bastaki from the UAE; Aathma Dious from India and Danabelle Gutierrez from the Philippines.
“Louvre Abu Dhabi’s anniversary celebration is the perfect moment to thank all visitors for making our first year a success and invite them to experience the museum through poetry, music, architecture, design and much more. The essence of this museum is to nurture the world’s vibrant cross-cultural connections in all their forms and what better opportunity than a week-long get together as we turn one,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s director, Manuel Rabaté, said in a released statement.
Emirati interdisciplinary designer Salem Al-Mansoori is also set to unveil an animated digital work in the museum’s entrance lobby. His work, “Constellations,” reflects data about the museum’s visitors collected throughout its first year.
Visitors will also have the chance to explore a set of 11 new acquisitions, including an Avalokiteshvara Buddhist sculpture from China, Japanese Samurai armor and rare Ottoman horse armor.
Guests will also be able to catch the “Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor” exhibit before it closes on Nov. 24. The display of 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and folding screens that highlight the artistic and cultural dialogue between Japan and France is well-worth a visit for anyone interested in the influence of traditional Japanese aesthetics on modern decorative arts.
If you’re just interested in singing along to one of Dua Lipa’s hits, tickets are $54 with free entry to the museum from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The doors of the concert village will open from 6 p.m. with DJ sets before the show.


The Six: A closer look at some of the artists on show at Art Dubai 2019

Updated 20 March 2019
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The Six: A closer look at some of the artists on show at Art Dubai 2019

DUBAI: There are more than 500 artists on show at the region’s largest art fair, set to wrap up on March 23, and we’ve taken a closer look at six of them.

Daniah Al-Saleh

Al-Saleh, winner of this year’s Ithra Art Prize, unveiled her piece, “Sawtam” — Arabic for phoneme, the smallest unit of sound in a language. The artist recorded herself pronouncing all the 28 Arabic phonemes and created visual images of the sound waves of each.

Luis E. López-Chávez

The Cuban artist created a series of carpet-based works while on a 40-day residency in Dubai. He told Arab News that his work is all about merging the public — through allusions to graffiti — and the private spheres.

Samia Halaby

Showcased by the Dubai-based Ayyam Gallery, Halaby is a Palestinian artist who lives in New York and creates stunning, block-printed works that are exploding with color.

Rashed Al-Shashai

Saudi artist Al-Shashai created this lit-up, delicate piece called “Brand 2” in 2019.

Tomas Dauksa

One of the most fun pieces we spotted, “No Limit” by Dauksa featured battery-operated, fantastical, animal-like creations careening across the floor.

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim

Shown by the Lawrie Shabibi gallery, “Robot 4” is a cardboard and papier-mâché creation that meshed together rudimentary materials with the futuristic concept of robot technology.