Year: 2017

All the Letters in All the Stars | Timo Nasseri

All the Letters in All the Stars is Timo Nasseri’s first solo show in the Middle East. In it he fuses philosophy, quantum mechanics, calligraphic precision and a romantic conclusion to an ancient story. Timo Nasseri’s Unknown Letters (2015) are a fantasy but couched in reality. He uses the actual historical account of Ibn Muqla […]

Fashion and the Revolution

It’s an exuberant celebration of fashion in all its colours. This season, the Museum of the City of New York is shining the spotlight on the bold, brash New York fashion scene of the 1960s and early 1970s. In an exhibit titled “Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip,” the museum uses the era’s distinctive […]

Sculptural writings

Zheng Lu transforms Arabic calligraphy into graceful stainless steel sculptures The mysterious interplay of shadow and light finds a striking sculptural form in Chinese artist Zheng Lu’s body of work. For his latest exhibit ‘Fluid Symphonies’, now showing at Anima Gallery at The Pearl-Qatar, Zheng Lu delved deep into his decade-long exploration of shadow and […]

A monument to fashion

The new Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh pays tribute to one of France’s greatest designers While almost a decade has passed since the death of legendary French ‘créateur’ Yves Saint Laurent, his legacy is still being celebrated, most notably with the recent opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh. The breathtaking Moroccan […]

Illuminating Central Asia

A series of works by the prolific photographer Max Penson documenting rapid, regional change comes to Dubai Two images, just 10 years apart, illustrate Uzbekistan’s rapid development in the first half of the 20th century. The first, from the late 1930s, shows a trio of females in traditional costumes frowning, perhaps understandably, at distant sunlight; […]

Young Architect and Design Program shines a spotlight on the future built environment

With Arch. Season ’17 from SVENM in Dubai Design Week warming up the city for its inaugural Architectural Biennale next year and news that the Sharjah Architecture Triennial will launch in 2019, alongside the high-profile opening of Jean Nouvel’s iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, the UAE is buzzing with inspiration, ideas and debate on current architectural […]

Urbanisation and its undoing

A thought-provoking stacked stone installation, ‘While we Wait’ explores several topical issues, including the changing dynamics between nature and architecture “In this delicate stone shelter, we will wait and we will testify that all the vanishing isles of the world did indeed once exist”. So ends an evocative text by Karim Kattan, who spent his […]

Reminiscences on the Silk Road

In a recent exhibition of works at Tabari Artspace, Mohamed Abla looks back to the fairytales and folklore depicting this famed trade route in its heyday Uplifting and jovial, an exhibition by Mohamed Abla at Tabari Artspace went some way to reaffirming the idea that an artist’s personality can shine through his work. Abla, of […]

Gabriel and Guillaume

November 16 to December 23 An annual fixture, Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier’s Christmas pop-up returns to Beirut with a diverse selection of design pieces, sourced from all over the world. This year, the duo has chosen to set up their immersive display at Beirut Terraces, Downtown Beirut’s first vertical village, designed by Swiss architects […]

Javlon Umarbekov Reveals a Sense of Hopeful Diversity When We Need it Most

Dubai—Andakulova Gallery, one of Dubai’s most important spaces showcasing Central Asian art, presents a new exhibition by the revered Modernist Javlon Umarbekov. The exhibition surveys Umarbekov’s metamorphosis over the past four decades, tracing both the continuity and variation from his Uzbek roots against the growing specter of globalisation today. Born in 1946, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, […]