In 1900, the Hijaz Railway was built to provide a modern means of transport for pilgrims travelling from Asia, Europe and the Levant for the Hajj, as well as strengthening ties across the then-fragmented Muslim world. This work explores the many-layered stories of discovery of this historic railway, shedding light on this fascinating part of Saudi Arabia’s cultural legacy.
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.”
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.
As the top-ranking public arts graduate programme in the United States, VCU became the first American university to come to Qatar. This title reflects on and celebrates the 20 years since VCUarts Qatar began its mission of providing a steady source of innovation, exploring alternative ways of looking at the world and at ourselves, and proving that the arts is the connective tissue that supports and binds together the full spectrum of disciplines as we aim to solve today’s most pressing challenges.
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.
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.
Featuring extraordinary, documentary-style photography, this beautiful and engaging coffee table book follows the remarkable journey of the Scimitar-horned Oryx as it is reintroduced into Chad’s Sahelian heartland. Considered the world’s most ambitious large mammal reintroduction project and a milestone for future species conservation efforts, the book charts the collaborative efforts of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Government of Chad and Sahara Conservation Fund, along with some of the world’s leading zoological societies and research institutions, as this iconic species sets foot on its native soil nearly three decades after it was declared ‘extinct in the wild’.
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.
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.