Stories of Cultural Connections at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Why did Manet cut up an original work, The Gypsies (1861-62), into three independent pieces?

As Louvre Abu Dhabi brings the museum to a wider online audience by telling stories about the art works in its collection, we learn that this radical move by Manet was a decisive moment in the history of art, signaling a shift to modernity as he freed himself from the traditional narrative of telling a story.

We also discover how the astrolabes – invented by the Greeks and perfected by the Arabs from the 8th century – was an essential navigational tool up until the 16th and 17th centuries. Made up of several superimposed parts, it measured the position and altitude of stars thus allowing navigators to calculate their geographic position, tell the time, and even locate the direction of Mecca.

Children can also learn to make art inspired by the collection using simple materials such as white or coloured paper, glue, scissors and strings. Check out the Make and Play section featuring a bag inspired by the lines and colours of Piet Mondrian’s 1922 painting and a face mask that references the ritual masks of Alaska during the late 19th century.

To discover more, visit louvreabudhabi.ae/en/art/online-content.

An introduction to Islamic art by Sharjah Museums Authority

More than 100 objects from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation have been uploaded with detailed descriptions of each on the website of ‘Museum With No Frontiers’, which also includes collections from several other globally renowned institutions. The featured objects provide a journey of artistic discovery, including calligraphy starting from the early Islamic period to the modern times.

Look out for the four Umayyad gold dinars dating to late 7th and early 8th century CE that marked the transition to coins with only Arabic script and contains Quranic inscriptions emphasising the oneness and omnipotence of Allah. A horizontal, single parchment page from a Holy Qur’an manuscript featuring a bold, majestic black Kufic script with red vowel markers, arranged over seven lines, created possibly in Iraq or Syria during 10th century CE is another chief attraction.

Go to www.museumwnf.org to see more.

Learn the Al Musnad font

Kids can engage in an ongoing workshop to learn the Al Musnad font, an ancient form of writing that was prevalent in the Arabian Peninsula before the emergence of modern-day Arabic writing, at www.sharjahmuseums.ae. 

Keep an eye out for a virtual tour showcasing the collections at Sharjah Art Museum that will be launched soon.

Workshops, exhibitions and more at Gulf Photo Plus

Look no further to enrich your photography knowledge and skills as Gulf Photo Plus makes online learning fun and flexible with a series of workshops to enjoy from the comfort of your home. With the help of expert instructors, customised tuition and hands-on experience, you can also opt for a tailor-made experience in a specialised genre.

Log on to gulfphotoplus.com/privateclasses for more details.

Also, explore a virtual exhibition of images, video and writing titled All What I Want is Life that documents some of the protest action witnessed across the Arab world in recent times.

From Lana Haroun’s iconic image of a young Sudanese woman passionately leading chants in a nationwide anti-government protest, three haunting portraits by Salih Basheer reminding us why these protests occur in the first place, and a multimedia piece exploring the role played by young people in Algeria to images that capture the outpouring of hope from Lebanese protestors, this extraordinary collection of photographs chronicles a specific period in Arab history.

Open until April 18 on www.alserkal.online/gulf-photo-plus.

From home to stage at Dubai Opera

If you can sing, play an instrument or perform stand-up comedy, all you need to do is record a maximum 90 seconds video of your talent, upload it on social media using the hashtag #FromHomeToStage and tag @dubaiopera. The first prize winner will be selected as an opening act for one of Dubai Opera’s major performers in the upcoming season. The second prize winner will have their own one-hour event that will be held at the Dubai Opera Studio.

Contest closes on Saturday, April 18.

Be Live in Dubai at Coca Cola Arena

Do you want to show the world what talents you have to offer?

Musicians, dancers, performance and freestyle artistes, including comedians and athletes of all levels, can showcase their specialised skills and upload the clips tagging Coca-Cola Arena and using the hashtag #BeLiveInDubai.

Participants also need to share why they believe in Dubai.

‘Be Live in Dubai’ will be running on the venue’s Instagram and Facebook pages throughout April to showcase the city’s talented residents.

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