Cinema makes a comeback in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The artists are Saudis, so are musicians and the public; nevertheless the concert is held outside Saudi Arabia. The same thing applies to cinema. Saudi films are broadcast in Cannes and Berlin but are nowhere to be found in Riyadh and Dammam. This puzzling scene has been prevalent for years. It ended after the government restored things to its nature state. What we are witnessing is the return of a happy and artistic society. This paradoxes didn’t define Saudi society, which some claim to ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Michael Jackson’s impact on art revealed in new show

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Pop legend Michael Jackson’s “huge impact” on contemporary art will be explored in a new exhibition in Paris and London next year. The “groundbreaking” show claims it will tell the “untold story” of how the king of pop became “one of the most influential figures in art of the last half century”, inspiring artists from Andy Warhol to David LaChapelle and Grayson Perry. Works featuring Jackson by some 40 artists including Gary Hume, Maggi ...

Man with Saudi roots who changed the history of Indian theater

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

India has been a trading hub and a crossroads of cultures since time immemorial. The country has had commercial and cultural relations with Gulf countries, the Arabian Peninsula in particular and the Arab world in general. As a result, Arab traders turned to India for commercial activities and the people of Najd sent their children to India in the past centuries. During the influx of traders from the Arabian Gulf, some merchants from Najd and Hejaz settled down in the towns of Surat and Mumbai ...

PHOTOS: Art project transforms historic Indian fishing dock

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai’s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space.Thirty artists from around the world have given the bustling 142-year-old Sassoon Dock, home to Mumbai’s traditional Koli fishing community, a colorful makeover as part of the St+art Urban Art Festival.“The artworks range from mixed media to graffiti to street-art styles to ...

Rare art from China’s 19th century woman ruler come to US

Sunday, 12 November 2017

A side of Chinese culture and authority never seen outside China comes to the United States with the unveiling of “Empress Dowager, Cixi: Selections From the Summer Palace.”The exhibition opens Sunday and runs until March 11 at Southern California’s Bowers Museum.It showcases art collected and created by the mysterious woman who ruled China with an iron fist from the mid-1800s until her death in 1908.Included are more than 100 pieces from the Beijing palace Cixi often called ...

The impressive and amazing Louvre Abu Dhabi

Friday, 10 November 2017

On Wednesday evening, officials unveiled Louvre Abu Dhabi in the luxurious capital of the UAE. It’s a huge cultural “commercial” project that took a decade to accomplish as they’ve been working on it ever since the agreement between Abu Dhabi and Paris in 2007. French experts who are well-known for their skills in establishing museums are behind this great museum which decorated Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. It’s a message of tolerance, diversity and openness in a world ...

Mashari Althaydi

Five things you need to check out at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Friday, 10 November 2017

It’s easily the most significant arts and culture opening of the region, creating global buzz. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which officially opens to the public on November 11 has been ten years in the making, but has it been worth the wait? The short answer is, yes! Described as a ‘new world museum of the 21st century’, Louvre Abu Dhabi aims to redefine the traditional museum experience by deconstructing traditional perspectives of art history, and building a narrative that finds ...

Sharjah Book Fair and Louvre Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Sharjah International Book Fair and the inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi have thrilled us in the UAE. The Book Fair displays publications, which delve into the details of those who are flawed. It gives them wings and allows them to fly toward the sun.The exhibition is thus a real place for creative men who are fond of words. Meanwhile, the Louvre museum brought us the most significant works of art and historical artifacts from the Louvre in Paris.In order to live, books and art are as ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Meet Diana Alabbadi: The Arab world's first Manga author, illustrator

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Diana Mekhled Alabbadi is a Jordanian illustrator specializing in Japanese graphic novels and Manga art. Al Arabiya interviewed Alabbadi who is the first Arab writer of the Manga comics genre known among the lovers of the art of anime, for her series “Gray Is..” since 2010. Alabbadi who is a self-published artist spoke of her creative projects in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya. After graduating college with a degree in Architecture, Diana pursued her passion in storytelling ...

Contemporary Saudi art shown at UNESCO displays ‘intercultural convergence’

Monday, 16 October 2017

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Foundation (Misk Foundation) launched an exhibition titled ‘Incense Route’ at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris last Monday. The launching ceremony was held in the presence of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Saudi Ambassador to France Khaled Al-Anqari, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO Ibrahim Al-Balawi, Secretary General of Misk Foundation Badar Al-Asakir, and several other officials, diplomats and cultural figures at Segur Hall of ...

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