Exhibition in Sharjah takes intimate perspective on Emirati Burqa

Sunday, 19 November 2017

An exhibition devoted to one of the most important social and historical icons of the UAE – the Emirati Burqa - opened last week at Sharjah Heritage Museum. The show titled ‘The Emirati Burqa: An Intimate Object’, features photographs, films, paintings and installations by Sharjah-born Karima Alshomely. Alshomely adopts a contemporary perspective towards an item that has been part of Emirati cultural identity for hundreds of years. Running until June 2018, the exhibition of ...

Egypt displays previously unseen King Tutankhamun artifacts

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Egypt opened an exhibition on Wednesday to display previously unseen treasures from King Tutankhamun’s famed tomb. At least 55 pieces of fabric decorated with gold that were found in the tomb of the pharaoh, better known as King Tut, will be exhibited in public for the first time since its discovery in 1922, said German conservator Christian Eckmann. He said the pieces had been kept in storage at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for some 95 years, without being restored or scientifically ...

Archaeologists find Greco-Roman mummy in Egypt

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Russian archaeological team has discovered a well-preserved mummy from the Greco-Roman period in a wooden coffin south of Cairo, Egypt’s antiquities ministry said Tuesday. The discovery was made near New Fayoum city, about 80 kilometers south of the Egyptian capital, the ministry said in a statement. The team “found inside the coffin a well-preserved mummy, wrapped in linen, with its face covered by a human mask with drawings in blue and gold,” it said. While mummification is ...

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 ...

Learn about the ‘Stone of Ismail’ and its historical link to the holy Kaaba

Monday, 13 November 2017

The "Stone of Ismail" (Hijr-Ismail) is a short wall arch forming a semi-circle separate from the northern part of the "Kaaba" and associated with it throughout its history. There are many historical accounts about it, although there is almost a consensus among thinkers and researchers that it is part of the Kaaba and inseparable from it. Mohieddin al-Hashemi, a researcher in the affairs of the two Holy Mosques, explained to Al that “The Stone of Ismail&rdquo ...

What does the poppy mean to Muslims in the UK?

Monday, 13 November 2017

Having a poppy pinned to my coat and wearing it with pride is something I can remember doing as long as I’ve been alive.The wearing of silk and paper poppies as a symbol of remembrance to service men and women killed in conflict is a British tradition that’s been around for almost 100 years.My family always reminded me what the poppy signified – a token of remembrance to people who were told they had to leave their families and go to war, teenagers who were called up to protect ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wonderful sketches of Ottoman-era Istanbul unveiled at Sharjah museum

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization on Wednesday opened its latest exhibition, a collection of rare drawings showing what life was like in the Ottoman city of Istanbul. The exhibition titled ‘Thomas Hope - Drawings of Ottoman Istanbul’ is being held in collaboration with Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece and will be open till February 10, 2018. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view panoramas of Istanbul, scenes from its different neighborhoods as well as depictions ...

Saudi Archaeology meet to highlight efforts in caring for Kingdom’s antiquities

Monday, 6 November 2017

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), under the patronage of King Salman, is organizing the 1st Saudi Archaeology Convention from November 7 to 9, 2017, in Riyadh. The Forum is being held under the umbrella of the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Initiative”. The opening ceremony and exhibition will be held at the National Museum in Riyadh, while the scientific conference and the workshops will be held at King Abdul Aziz Library and Hall at ...

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