Author: Selections Magazine

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 […]

Dance Meets Architecture

Siobhan Davies aims to find ways to fuse dance with other disciplines. Her London studios provide a stunning example of a fruitful fusion between dance and architecture Siobhan Davies founded Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988. Today, she is renowned for being one of the most innovative and experimental voices in dance, due to her commitment […]

Building Utopias

Moroccan choreographer and dancer Radouan Mriziga talks references and performing idealised spaces based on lost treasures Radouan Mriziga is a choreographer and dancer from Morocco, based in Brussels. He has performed at the Sharjah Art Foundation as part of The Time is Out of Joint. He tells Selections about the creative process and performing imaginary […]

The Art of Designing Time

Selections talks to Officine Panerai’s Middle East managing director, Milvin George, about what makes the brand so unique Florence-based for more than a century and a half, over the years Officine Panerai has consistently distilled the coolest of contemporary Italian aesthetics and mixed it with the finest Swiss horology. In doing so, it has created […]

The Introspective Gaze

Y. Z. Kami tells Selections the story of transcendence behind his work New York-based Iranian painter Y. Z. Kami is best known for his large-scale ethereal portraits. White Domes, his most recent solo show, ran at Leila Heller Gallery’s Alserkal Avenue exhibition space in Dubai from March 9 to April 25, showcasing paintings, works on […]

Painting Hope

Lebanese artist Raouf Rifai’s solo show at the Beirut Exhibition Center featured paintings and installations that highlighted problems while offering hope Shakespeare’s Fool, an archetypal character appearing in several of his plays, is a rich source of comedy. A seemingly stupid man, he possessed both wisdom and cunning, eventually proving himself more knowledgeable than his […]

A Mad Man’s World

Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin holds her first exhibition in her homeland since her 2012 show It’s a Man’s World was closed down hours after opening It’s been four years since Kuwaiti artist Shurooq Amin’s exhibition It’s a Man’s World was closed down within hours of opening due to controversial and anti-Islamic content. Unexpectedly, the censorship […]

High Jewellery’s Homage to Nature

Van Cleef & Arpels showcased the highlights of a century of craftsmanship at Dubai Design Week, focusing on high jewellery pieces inspired by nature For the fifth year in succession, Van Cleef & Arpels, at home on Paris’s Place Vendôme since 1906, travelled to the Middle East in March and partnered with Dubai Design Week […]

Natural Selection

Chanel’s SS 2016 haute couture show was a revelation, featuring delicate pieces crafted from natural, sustainable materials including wood The first surprise at Chanel’s spring 2016 haute couture show was the set. The house often creates fantasy landscapes inside the soaring space of Paris’s Art Nouveau exhibition hall Grand Palais — anything from a polar scene complete […]