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Culture & Art

SAUDI ART DAYS

Modern Saudi film is evolving rapidly to include diverse, innovative and uniquely Saudi visual narratives, drawing on its deep historical cultures as well as contemporary life, and creating a new generation of young filmmakers passionate about sharing their stories. “We have a new generation of Saudi tastemakers and influencers, devoted…

A NEW MUSEUM FOR MARRAKECH

The prime movers behind the new museum are Moroccan art collectors Alami Lazraq and his 29-year-old son, Othman Lazraq, and their charitable association Fondation Alliances. Under the directorship of Othman, MACAAL is home to the Lazraq family’s private collection of contemporary African art, amassed over the past 40 years. Founded…

RAIN OF LIGHT

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will open to the public this month. LEADERS looks at what is set to become one of the most important arts and culture venues in the Middle East. It’s been a long journey. The concept design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi was carried out between 2006…

IAM: BUILDING BRIDGES

I AM, a visual art exhibition celebrating the work of Middle Eastern women artists, began its tour of the United States at the American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center in Washington DC, September 5 – October 22, 2017. In 2018, the exhibition will move from Washington DC to Jackson Hole,…

SAUDI CINEMA: HISTORY IN THE MAKING

It’s not widely known that as recently as the 1970s there were cinemas in Saudi Arabia but the ultra-conservative clerical establishment persuaded the authorities to close them, reflecting rising Islamist influence throughout the Arab region at the time. However, in December of last year, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture and…