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Middle East

Artists sign letter in support of Lorde's decision to cancel gig in Israel

Shepard Fairey, Peter Kennard and Emily Young among those who back singer after she was branded an anti-semitic bigot in a full-page advert in the Washington Post

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Museums

Saudi mega museum—King Abdulaziz Center in Dhahran—is finally moving ahead

Cultural powerhouse in the Gulf—backed by Aramco—is extending its local and global reach

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Middle East

Muslim leaders across the Middle East work with Israeli rabbis to keep the peace

Interfaith network says that its efforts are more difficult—and urgent—since President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem’s status

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Artists

Banksy and Danny Boyle create Alternativity in Bethlehem, despite never meeting

Street artist and film director staged performance that was filmed for BBC Two documentary which will air this weekend

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Art market

Abu Dhabi Art censors work by Saudi Arabian artist

Abdulnasser Gharem’s painting about Sunni-Shia divide was removed from Brigitte Schenk's stand at organisers' request

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Art market

Middle East anti-fake drive triggers refund

Bonhams returns £176,500 for piece attributed to Egyptian sculptor

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Private Museums

Pioneers of Lebanese painting star in private museum near the Syrian border

Collector Emile Hannouche has opened his family mansion in the Bekaa Valley to the public

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Exhibitions

Secret objects tell life story of Emirati conceptual pioneer Hassan Sharif

Sharjah show recreates late artist’s studio

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Museums

Marrakech bids to become hub for contemporary African art as museum plans relaunch alongside 1:54 fair

Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden will hold "international opening" in February

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Exhibitions

Largest survey of Qatari contemporary art to open in Berlin despite ongoing blockade

Exhibition is final event in Year of Culture partnership between Qatar and Germany

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Swiss journalists reporting on opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi detained for two days

The pair were blindfolded then interrogated for up to 10 hours by authorities over their coverage of migrant workers

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War

Letter from Yemen: artist speaks out about his country’s 'forgotten war'

Ahmed Jahaf describes what it is like to live through catastrophic conflict

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Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode three: how the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with

Art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and curator Maya Allison tell us how the nation’s creative ambitions have blossomed. Plus: Silver Lion-winning musician and artist Hassan Khan on his Abu Dhabi Art performance

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Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change

As Abu Dhabi Art fair opens, we speak to the Saudi artists Manal Al Dowayan and Ahmed Mater. Plus: Iraq's Dia Azzawi on creating the Arab world's Guernica

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Art fairs

In the afterglow of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s opening, Abu Dhabi Art moves up a notch

Some dealers at the fair report brisk early business but say big sales are a waiting game

Abu Dhabi Art

Video: Abu Dhabi Art opens as the world watches

Is the UAE now the art capital of the Middle East?

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Podcast

Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode one: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art

With all eyes on Abu Dhabi this week, we speak to the architect Jean Nouvel on designing the Arab world's first universal museum. Plus: a preview of Abu Dhabi Art fair

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Art market

Abu Dhabi Art set to benefit from Louvre opening

This year’s fair has 13 new exhibitors and is hoping for more international visitors

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Art market

Collectors tackle rise in fake Modern Middle Eastern art

Dalloul Art Foundation investigates authenticity of some Middle Eastern works before museum opening

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Exhibitions

Saudi artist Abdulnasser Gharem to have first solo US show at Lacma

Former lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Arabian army is known for his politically and socially engaged works that draw on his Muslim heritage