The groundbreaking 2001 exhibition The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994 finally introduced non-Western modernities on a larger scale into leading Western museums. The exhibition included works by 50 or so artists, including El Salahi, a native of Sudan who was born in 1930 during the Anglo-Egyptian colonial era. Read more »
Over the past few months, a steady drip of devastating news emanated from Abraaj Capital, the once venerated regional financial giant that is now in liquidation. In this article, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi discusses how the regional art industry is left poorer by the departure of an institution that collected works and commissioned new ones. Read more »
Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is among the leaders of a cultural shift that over the last decade has brought modern and contemporary art from the Arab world to global attention. He talks to AramcoWorld about his work with the Barjeel Art Foundation in generating cultural awareness of modern Arab art. Read more »
Saudi Arabia, unfairly or not, long has been considered by many in the investment community as an unattractive destination for their funds and by expatriates as a difficult place to live. In this article, Sultan discusses how perceptions of Saudi will change as the Kingdom goes through a series of reforms. Read more »
In 1976, the UAE helped art enthusiast Ahmad Paul Keeler stage one of the biggest artistic events in the world — one that marked a seismic shift in the understanding of Islamic arts in Britain and beyond. Read more »
Within its walls the best of Emirati minds interact with each other and with the best of global minds, making it a factory of the future.
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