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A Work in Progress

The multifaceted Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office and grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, visited Dubai mid-November to give a talk at IkonHouse in Al Serkal Avenue on the theme The Value of the Original. He talked to Selections about championing his grandparents’ ideas, designs and philosophy. Anastasia Nysten: Your talk on The […]

Zambian school clinches 2017 Panerai Design Miami/Visionary Award

Collaborative venture in first-time win A collaborative project to construct a school in rural southern Africa has won the 2017 Panerai Design Miami/Visionary Award. The awards, which were established in 2014, recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of design. Supported by Officine Panerai, which was founded in Florence in 1860 […]

An Alternative Alexandria

Ahmed Morsi’s lifelong poem to his home city is translated through dream-like paintings of myth and mystery. “I wished I could meet you one day in Cavafy’s Alexandria. But that Alexandria is no more, Vanished in the dust of history…” Ahmed Morsi. A Prelude to Meeting Niffari, 1997. Ahmed Morsi’s poetry fills a weighty 1000-page […]

The Louvre Abu Dhabi | Experts React

With the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration now over, Selections asked regional art professionals to give us their views on one of the most high-profile museums to open its doors in recent years After almost a week of official activities, led by speeches from the President of France Emmanuel Macron and the UAE’s leaders, […]

Germany in the front row | Al Riwaq Gallery

Get familiar with the stars of Deutsch design at Qatar’s Al Riwaq Gallery German design excellence takes centre stage at the Qatar Museums’ Al Riwaq Gallery in Doha. Held in celebration of the long-term friendship uniting Germany and Qatar, the Driven by German Design exhibit focuses on German design from the 1950s to the present […]

Today’s talent, tomorrow’s designs

Graduate Fashion Week, Dubai, provided an exciting window on the industry’s promising future A key industry event, Graduate Fashion Week, Fashion Forward Dubai, brought together some of the brightest emerging talent in the business, while providing them with a platform to showcase their cutting-edge creativity and individuality. Drawing inspiration from literature, cultural fusion, sustainability and […]

All things being equal | Hassan Sharif

Sharjah | Hassan Sharif’s landmark retrospective explores his incredible life and career In July 1989, during one of the regular comment pieces that he used to write for many of the UAE’s national newspapers, Hassan Sharif coined the phrase that would come to summarise his practice almost 30 years later. “I am the single work […]

Abandonment issues | Tarek Al-Ghoussein

A photographic exhibition by Tarek Al-Ghoussein puts a different spin on the saying ‘There’s no place like home’ In 2013, Ala Younis invited Tarek Al-Ghoussein to participate in the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Having almost turned it down because he’d just taken on a professorship at New York University Abu Dhabi, Al-Ghoussein decided […]

Tasveer on Anwar | My father’s intensity, identity and spirituality

Although I’m not an artist, I had my 15 minutes of fame in 1966, when I was six years old and won a Blue Peter competition for the first Royal Mail Christmas stamp in the UK. Because my parents were artists, I had access to the most beautiful materials and created an ink painting. The […]

The Bilge Collection | Building on a legacy

Bold canvases cover Muhsin Bilge’s old notary office in central Istanbul; sculptures, abstract and realistic, crowd the desks, while a surfeit of paintings sits on the floor, stacked up against the walls “I think my father was a natural-born collector, very fond of beautiful things all his life,” says Aslı Bilge. “After he acquired his […]