Month: December 2016

Şükran Moral on Overcoming Censorship

Turkish performance artist Şükran Moral explains how fear is the greatest threat to art and why collaboration is the key to overcoming it A veteran performance artist, outspoken feminist and courageous breaker of boundaries, Turkish artist Şükran Moral has spent decades creating challenging, controversial and progressive work with a powerful social message. Born in 1962, […]

Mirror on the Past

A landmark exhibition shines the spotlight on contemporary German artist Anselm Kiefer in Florida Post-war trauma and the complexities of German nationalism have been constants in Anselm Kiefer’s art. Born in Germany at the very end of World War II, the painter and sculptor has made it his life’s work to examine the Third Reich’s […]

Building Togetherness

This year the Aga Khan Award for Architecture celebrates six diverse projects around the world that work to unite local communities The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has a unique mandate, and one that has earned it a stellar reputation as one of the most important awards in the field since its establishment in 1977. […]

Spiritual Abstraction

Miami Beach’s Wolfsonian-FIU museum delves into early 20th-century spirituality with its current exhibit, “The Pursuit of Abstraction.” The show focuses on works produced between 1900 and 1950, by American and European artists who were seeking explanations and answers beyond the boundaries of science. Reacting to a 20th-century world that was becoming increasingly secular while undergoing […]

Political Beauty

In a bold attempt to chronicle the evolution of Mexican modernist art during the first half of the 20th century, the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art is hosting “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950,” a show organized with the support of Mexico City’s Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and that explores a period of […]

Three Questions for Omar Rahbany

The Lebanese composer spills the secrets behind his debut album, Passport Omar Rahbany understands the true meaning of the expression “a labour of love.” The Lebanese artist, composer and producer – a member of the legendary Lebanese Rahabni family that has produced generations of world-class musicians and composers – spent three full years working on […]

The Cost of Conflict

Iranian artist Reza Aramesh shows works that seek to convey the true human cost of war and violence at Dubai’s Leila Heller Gallery Artist Reza Aramesh was born in 1970 in Ahwaz, a small town in Iran, where he grew up desperately dreaming of an unfamiliar and exhilarating world miles away from this perceived enclave. […]

Shakespeare in Art: Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy

Marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Selections takes a look at five great works of art inspired by his plays For the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the world’s theatres went into overdrive. Towards the end of spring, if there wasn’t already one of his plays on, there soon would be. Books […]

Synthesising the Virtual and the Physical

Dancer and choreographer Joumana Mourad is working on setting up the first open online theatre to make dance accessible to everyone Joumana Mourad is a dancer, choreographer and the artistic director of IJAD Dance Company. Of Lebanese and Argentinian origins, Mourad was part of the art projects at Art Dubai 2009. She tells Selection about […]