The Kuwait Scene Category

museum of manufactured response to absence } intervention at the modern museum of modern art

Finally. Kuwait’s Museum of Modern Art holds an exhibition befitting its name (don’t get me wrong, the National Council has wonderful works of arts, but is, unfortunately, poorly curated). I heard about the exhibition Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence: Intervention at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMRtA) months ago and have, since then, been guessing at […]

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rawiya } the other resurrection

I got a sneak peek this morning at CAP’s exhibition The Other Resurrection, a collection of photos by the Rawiya collective, a group of six Arab and Irani female photographers with a story to tell: Dalia Khamissy, Laura Boushnak, Myriam Abdelaziz, Newsha Tobakolian, Tamara Abdel Hadi and Tanya Habjouka. Go to capkuwait.com for details. Like […]

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Sadu House } Laila Al-Hamad’s Zeri Crafts

I must admit that I am finding it difficult to get around to visiting galleries. But every now and then, I make the time, like I did this morning. I visited Laila Al-Hamad’s Zeri Crafts exhibition at the Sadu House. I went because Laila spoke to me about her idea  to contemporize the sadu (traditional Gulf […]

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a landscape in portrait } the filming of the making of two pictures

This morning, two film-makers, two curators and two artists headed off to the Mutla’a desert to film a teaser for an upcoming Gulf landscape exhibition organized by the British Council and, in Kuwait, the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP). So this morning, Hamad Khalaf (artist #1) and I (artist #2) met with Alia Farid and Liane […]

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The Bejeweled Show } Soda Pop Bling | Totemic Flights

I haven’t had much time to visit the galleries this season but this particular show was important to me because not only are LB o J’zazz‘s Lubna Saif Abbas and Bettina Al-Bakhit good friends of mine, but I am so inspired by their hand-made jewelry and am a little girl lost in their bead haven […]

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pictorial stories from a palestinian cultural center exhibition set-up

My set-up mate and muse Hind and I often begin to enjoy ourselves on the second day of setting up for the Palestinian Cultural Center exhibition. Frankly, the gorgeous merchandise lends itself beautifully to being photographed. And so does Hind. The exhibition opens tomorrow, Monday, November 14th, 10 am at Bayt Lothan in Salmiya (by […]

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money boxes for the upcoming palestinian culture center exhibition

At the Palestinian Culture Center we like to encourage the spirit of giving. For a few years now, we’ve been selling these money banks to motivate children and adults alike to collect their change rather than discard it. On the last day of our four-day exhibitions, the money is counted and donated to various Palestinian […]

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Gallery Tilal } Helmi El-Touni Retrospective

As I walked into Gallery Tilal this morning, it dawned on me like a warm Pharaonic sun: I’ve just died and gone to Helmi El-Touni heaven. Around sixty of the Egyptian artist’s works, from 1988 to 2011, are currently on display at Gallery Tilal for just three nights. If you missed the opening last night, […]

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Dar Al-Funoon } Bader Albassam

One of our trips this morning took us to Dar Al-Funoon gallery in Sharq. We were hoping to get a glimpse of tomorrow night’s show by Kuwaiti photographer Bader Albassam. And we did. I really enjoyed gazing at his prints, done with standard film and natural lighting. Taken on his trips to countries such as […]

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gallery morning sunday

I had a busy morning bouncing from one gallery to another. In all, a friend and I dropped by four exhibitions. Our first stop was the Tareq Boutaihi exhibition at Boushahri Gallery. I didn’t immediately take to Boutaihi’s intimate look at barely clothed women but soon their bodies and expressions won me over. As much […]

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Gallery Tilal|Sami Mohammad

I visited Gallery Tilal for very personal reasons yesterday: the exhibition of my first ever inspiration, Sami Mohammad. I remember my father taking me to the Free Arts Atelier over thirty years ago. When my eyes fell on Mohammad’s shocking sculptures. As scary as they should have been to an eight-year-old, I wasn’t afraid; I […]

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Contemporary Art Platform|Opening Tonight

Tonight is the launch of the Contemporary Art Platform at the Life Center in Shuwaikh. For the first time since 2006’s exhibition Unity in Diversity at the Dar Al-Funoon gallery, you can find, in Kuwait, a collection of this caliber under one roof. From Andy Warhol to Shireen Nishat, this is the art lover’s candy […]

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Contemporary Art Platform|Lift Off!

I think this is going to be one of the most exciting events of the year, if only for the birth of a new Kuwaiti hub for the contemporary arts. I’m not going to be able to attend but gallery director Liane Al-Ghusain was gracious enough to let me have a sneak peak Wednesday morning, […]

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Boushahri’s 3rd Annual Art Salon

Boushahri’s 3rd Annual Art Salon has opened and I finally got a chance to visit this morning. This exhibition will be up until September 15, so there’s lots of time to visit. It’s a very peaceful gallery and there are lots of places to sit and contemplate the works. Boushahri Gallery, Baghdad Street, Building 36, […]

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Reza Doust|Get Tested|The Sultan Gallery

Last Thursday, in the nick of time, I managed to make it to Reza Doust‘s exhibition at the Sultan Gallery. According to his tally, I was the fourth Kuwaiti artist to visit that afternoon. Not bad for someone who has never been in the top ten of anything before. Back to the point, I had […]

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Shadows of Memory|Fa Gallery

Although I went to this exhibition four nights ago, I wasn’t too keen on writing about it. And the reason for not writing bothered me more than the fact that I hadn’t written. As I was washing my dishes wondering why I didn’t even bother to upload the photos I’d taken, I came to a […]

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Without Boundaries|Young Kuwaiti Talents|FA Gallery

I wasn’t planning on visiting this exhibition last night because I knew it would probably be crowded and I wouldn’t fully appreciate the work. But I ended up going. I got in little later than I normally frequent these events, which served my purpose much better than I could have planned it to. Not only […]

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Huda Lutfi|Zan’it Al-Sittat|The Sultan Gallery

I can’t believe it took me this long to finally make it to Huda Lutfi’s exhibition Zan’it Al-Sittat. Honestly, I just forgot and remembered late last week that this jewel existed in the midst of Sabhan’s warehouses and factories. I walked into the gallery and squeaked with delight (I think I may have even quietly […]

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Protected: Neither Here Nor There|Dar Al-Funoon |May 2-May 19

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Gallery Tilal|AbdelRida Baqer

One of the exhibitions I visited last Sunday was one of Kuwait’s veteran artists’, AbdelRida Baqer. If you like muted, neutral colors, bold yet understated brush strokes and lots of movement, then I think you might like this show. It’s up until May 3rd at Gallery Tilal.

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crotches, cats, dervish dancers and a sole penguin|abed el kadiri|identity turbulences

I always enjoy the FA Gallery exhibitions. There’s something about the building itself both on the outside and in which is warm and welcoming. The openings are always a great buzz and more often than not I like the work I see. But this time there was more. Abed El Kadiri’s work moves me. Rare […]

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Reminiscing Kuwait II: A Tale of a Country|By Ali Sultan & Hamad Al Saab

Both a celebration of and a requiem to Kuwait’s past, Ali Sultan & Hamad Al Saab’s Reminiscing Kuwait II reads like a story which has prematurely reached it’s happy ever after in the sixties and witnessed a steady decline ever since. I do, however, also think it’s a story of hope. Although my first impression when I […]

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Please Touch|Cristina Portella|Fa Gallery

We grow up being told not to touch. Even as adults we see the unfriendly ‘Do Not Touch’ sign at museums, stores and even novelty boutiques which tantalize us to touch but order us not to. But last night, visitors to Cristina Portella’s exhibition ‘Please Touch’  at the FA Gallery were not only encouraged to […]

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Monira Al Qadiri|The Tragedy of Self

I am so happy that I made it to Monira Al Qadiri’s solo exhibition The Tragedy of Self, at the Sultan Gallery last night. However, I could just kick myself in the bum for not taking my camera with me (I’m disappointed in myself for allowing this dust to keep me from going back this […]

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