Art, culture and architecture

Meissen Porcelain

This sumptuous dual-language Russian-English publication traces the history of Meissen porcelain and catalogues a very fine private collection, from vases and dishes to figurines and animals, using a design template inspired by the idea of the book as contemporary museum showcase.

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Visionaries to Vloggers: Media Revolutions in the Middle East

Social revolutions begin with an idea, the realization of which demands change. In the contemporary Middle East, the upheavals driven by revolutionary movements aiming to seize power and upend unpopular regimes have made media their accomplice. This publication depicts the multiple forms and expressions of the creative culture of dissent that are deeply embedded in Arab culture and daily life as an articulation of independence, dignity and respect, in spite of the restrictions of deep-rooted autocratic structures, before and after the 2011 uprisings.

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The artwork of Swiss artist Zimoun is sculpture, music, composition, soundscape, and installation; it is minimalist, conceptual, expressive, technical, natural, open, rigid, and chaotic. The essays in this book each take different approaches to the question of how to frame, contextualize, and discuss Zimoun’s artwork, beginning with art historical framing, proceeding through music and soundscape, and finally concluding with an interview with the artist himself. There, Zimoun offers: “I like to think of my works as audible buildings that can be entered and explored as much with your ears as with your eyes.”

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This self-titled publication presents the first monograph on the nearly 25-year-long art practice of the US-Iranian artist Pouran Jinchi. Helping to reimagine the engagement of Persian calligraphy within a contemporary art discourse, this title follows a prolific career, examining work that has been exhibited across the world in solo and group presentations and produced across varied media.

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Ways of Seeing

Showcasing 26 internationally acclaimed artists and art collectives from the Gulf region and the world, and directly referencing John Berger’s seminal 1972 eponymous text on visual culture, this publication invites the viewer to actively engage with the artwork, and to explore the ways by which artists assign forms and concepts that seem familiar with renewed appearances and meanings.

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Arab Identities, Images in Film

This collection of essays and conversations sheds light on and discusses how images in films and animation have influenced identity portrayals in the Arab context. Published to accompany the first exhibition at the new Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar, this beautifully crafted book discusses a spectrum of impressions and visual cues in film, both of and from the Arab world, that often unwittingly create distortions, in turn inspiring confidence or promoting stereotypes and even prejudices that have led to war or inter-regional conflicts of many kinds.

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Globes: Visions of the World

Globes: Visions of the World uses remarkable works of cartography, art, science and technology to tell the fascinating story of how humanity has understood our planet and the cosmos across two and a half millennia. This work, in English, French and Arabic, has been published to accompany the second temporary exhibition at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. It seeks to recreate the links between this long search for knowledge and today’s science and comprehension by paying tribute to the visionary scholars whose goal was to model – in spheres, circles and ellipses – our fascinating cosmos.

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From One Louvre to Another

This book has been published to accompany the first temporary exhibition at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. Tracing the birth of the Musée du Louvre in Paris in the 18th century, this beautifully crafted trilingual work sheds light on the way a public collection is formed, drawing mainly on the collections of the Musée du Louvre and the Château de Versailles. The exhibition evokes the creation of the Musée du Louvre from the time of Louis XIV, when the royal collections were presented in the gardens and Grand Apartments at Versailles, through to the opening of the Muséum in the Palais du Louvre in 1793. It examines the question of the origins and role of the museum, born of royal will, and the evolution of artistic practices, enhanced by a reflection on the transmission and teaching of art.

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Hajj: Memories of a Journey

This is the catalogue of the ground-breaking exhibition Hajj: Memories of a Journey, which opened to the public in September 2017. Through a combination of beautiful historic objects, this work represents a powerful and moving narrative of the faith and tenets of Islam, and the reverence for Mecca and Medina. In addition to the dual-language English and Arabic catalogue, there are separate brochures in five language editions: Arabic, English, Chinese, Russian and Urdu.

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But We Cannot See Them

This is the first comprehensive sourcebook for one of the most important contemporary art communities in the UAE’s history. Available in separate English and Arabic editions, this work complete with a bespoke timeline centers on a group sometimes called “the five,” at an intersection of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers based in the UAE. Its members identified with a “new culture” of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Eventually, some of these artists founded the celebrated Flying House.

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