Saturday, May 06, 2006

Middle East Art Now at the British Museum

There’s a new exhibition on Middle Eastern Art coming up at the British Museum which starts later this month called Middle East Art Now.

It features art, calligraphy, poetry, music and lectures of the Modern Middle East which from the online map includes: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and the Yemen.

It’s on from 18th May until 3rd September 2006, and includes a series of events, performance, films, of which there’s a selection here:

  • North African artists in the African galleries
  • Poems in Persian calligraphy
  • Words, letters and beyond
  • Cut and sparkle: insights into Sasanian glass
  • Early discoveries in the Middle East
  • Curator’s introduction to Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East
  • Ancient Iraq in Conflict
  • Arabic calligraphy in the Middle East
  • Dakhla and the oases of Egypt’s Western Desert
  • Sense of Place: European Images of the Middle East
  • Arabic calligraphy in art
  • A source of inspiration: the Arab world in
  • Ancient board games of the Middle East
  • An evening of Sufi music and poetry
  • Literature and the conflict in the Middle East
  • Orientalism Now: the legacy of Edward Said
  • Middle Eastern food
  • 1001 Nights

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