First Saudi woman to participate in a theatrical play

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s first female actress to play a role alongside other men took center stage on Friday in “The Empror’s New Groove” public play in the kingdom. The actress, Najat Mouftah, expressed her feelings regarding this experience. Mouftah said: “I am happy to be the first actress to do this. However, I am not sure if there was an actress who preceded me, and was more happy to practise my hobby and talent on stage in a public show”, she said in an interview ...

PHOTOS: India guest of honor at this year’s Janadriya festival

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman inaugurated the pavilions of MiSK Charity, Ministry of Energy and Industry and Mineral Resources as well as that of India, the guest of honor country, at the Janadriya village near Riyadh on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival at the pavilion of MiSK Charity, the King was received by Secretary General of MiSK Charity Badr Al-Assaker and other officials. King Salman toured the pavilion and was briefed on the pavilion’s interactive platform about ...

Last surviving Sarangi player seeks to preserve dying art in Pakistan

Friday, 2 February 2018

One language that unites people of all cultures is the reverberating sound of music. Be it a piano, a guitar, a violin or the beating of drums – the musical hums are a single language echoing emotion and stories without words. In the historic city of Lahore, Pakistan, resides Zohaib Hassan, the country’s most prominent and probably the only surviving sarangi players. Hassan belongs to the seventh generation in his family with mastery over the 300-year-old tradition of sarangi playing ...

Louvre displays art looted by Nazis in hope to find owners

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Louvre Museum is putting 31 paintings on permanent display in an effort to find the rightful owners of those and other works of art looted by Nazis during World War II. The Paris museum opened two showrooms last month to display the paintings, which are among thousands of works of art looted by German forces in France between 1940 and 1945. More than 45,000 objects have been handed back to their rightful owners since the war, but more than 2,000 remain unclaimed, including 296 paintings ...

PHOTOS: Saudi women exhibit their art projects in US

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

An all-female art/projects exhibit by Saudi women artists is set to open this week at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC. The exhibit is a reminder that Saudi women’s talents have long been exercised, even as they are slow for the world to see and for Saudis to fully appreciate. “Women’s Point of View” is an exhibition of artwork and projects created by the visual communications students of the all-women’s Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah. The works range from an ...

Q&A with Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum on art and refugees

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum has been known to use his figurative sculptures and installation art pieces to evoke and often explore political themes, especially after the refugee and migrant crisis recently. One of Raddum’s sculpture, “Trans ī re”, or “the Passage”, has struck people’s attention and images of it has spread widely throughout the world specially in the Middle East, where the migrant issue has become focal as wars and sectarian conflicts grip ...

How Saudi art’s rollercoaster history has mirrored local culture

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Saudi art is in its modern era, but Saudi artists have never had well-established schools of thought. Dr. Maha Al-Senan, an Art Historian and Associate Professor at Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, believes that two Saudi artists have contributed to significant changes between 1980s and 90s. Mohammed AlSaleem, who was inspired by the desert’s horizon, and Abdul Halim Radwi, one of the kingdom's most-respected artists who was inspired by the holy city of Mecca. The story of art ...

A different Guantanamo: Detainee art on display in New York

Saturday, 16 December 2017

The art is striking -- a miniature three-masted ship in cardboard, with bits of T-shirt for the sails and threads from a prayer cap for ropes. A picture of a huge mosque at water's edge. A shadowy and faceless Statue of Liberty. The pieces are all part of a surprising exhibit in New York with an unlikely source -- the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is offering art lovers a chance to examine the works of eight presumed jihadists now or once ...

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 ...

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