Middle Eastern & North African art

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Restitution

Returning looted African art is as urgent as giving back works stolen by the Nazis

Congolese-born art collector Sindika Dokolo says this "long-neglected historical wrong" is finally being addressed—but more can be done

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Art market

Iran’s art market defies expectations in face of US sanctions with new fair

In a first for Iran, the Teer Art fair is set to open in June amid a growing but fragile market environment

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Prizes

MCA Chicago launches Dunya Contemporary Art Prize and names first winner, Sophia Al-Maria

The $100,000 award recognises mid-career artists from the Middle East and its diaspora

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Commissions

Emerging Arab artists to get international shows through new commissioning initiative

Six partner institutions including the Hammer Museum are behind collaborative art production model

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Commissions

Kuwaiti artists awarded inaugural Art Jameel commission for new Dubai culture complex

Alia Farid and Aseel AlYacoub will create a light-up botanical garden linking both wings of the Jameel Arts Centre

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Museums

Marrakech museum boosts Africa’s burgeoning art scene

Macaal’s international launch coincides with city’s first 1-54 Contemporary African Art fair

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Art market

Middle Eastern artists are charging a lot of money to certify—or condemn—their works

But when does protecting a creative legacy go too far?

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Biennials & festivals

What to see at 21,39—Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art festival

Critics choose highlights from fifth edition of the Jeddah show, organised by Tate curator Vassilis Oikonomopoulos

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Openings

New Art Jameel space for contemporary art to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2019

The Hayy: Creative Hub centre in Jeddah is latest cultural offering announced in the rebranded Kingdom

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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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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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Art market

Sotheby’s to hold first sale in Dubai

Christie’s moves October auction to London as rival plans first sale in the UAE

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In the frame

BM curator's fan club kickstarts his horror story

Irving Finkel has penned his first novel

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Cultural exchange

Forty years of Arab-British cultural diplomacy—through the eyes of the housekeeper

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Interest in Middle Eastern art is on the rise in China

Guggenheim show in Shanghai was abruptly cancelled but curiosity about the region continues to grow

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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

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Saudi women artists make their mark at 21,39 festival in Jeddah

New works draw attention to destruction of Islamic heritage and female car crash victims