A Nation in Exile
Exhibition Opening and Book Signing Ceremony
November 22, 1997
after the initiation of this project, concieved by the Algerian
and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish an exceptional exhibition
of zinc etchings by Koraichi, calligraphy by Iraqi artist
Hassan Massoudi, inspired by the poems of Darwish, is once
again brought to life at Darat al Funun.
As a result of this creative effort, Darat al Funun published
"A Nation in Exile" the text of which was written by Morrocan
writter Abdel Kabir al Khatibi...
Collective Exhibition of 5O Arab Artists
the foremost 5O Arab artists from 10 Arab countries exhibit
their work in a single exhibition, under one roof. more
In the Arab world today, the visual arts occupy an important
place in the field of creativity and artistic and intellectual
exploration. They therefore have a major contribution to make
to any study of the roots of creativity in contemporary Arab
National Music Conservatory and the US Embassy's Cultural
Center sponsored oboe and piano duet at Darat Al Funun. The
performance was praised by a Jordanian critic as a delightful
performance with great harmony between the two instruments.
The Bohemia Saxophone Quartet played in the gardens
of Darat Al Funun
June 4, 1997
recite works by Leonard Bernstein. Edouard Grief. G.F. Haendeh
Antonio Vivaldi. George Gershwin and other composers. Following
the current trend,the ensemble will mix modern classical music
with more traditional classical numbers.
Indeed, one of the pieces they are to play, the 'Petitit Quartet"
was written by Jean Francaix a contemporary composer born
in 1912, another by Libor Drevikovsky, born in 1969, as well
as performing music by Vivaldi.
May 27, 1997
Zabbal (a garbage collector) a play written by Syrian
poet Mamdouh Odwan, performed by Naser Omar, was staged at
Darat Al Funun in a new production directed by Ms. Sawsan
Darwazeh. Darwazeh assigned a livelier role to the female
character in the play.
A Subjective View of the Dome
May 15, 1997
al Funun is hosting an art exhibition from 13th May to 12th
June, on the theme of the "dome" by the Paris-based Moroccan
artist Najia Mehadji.
Mehadji's painting technique is simple,yet full of nuances.She
first leaves prints on the canvas from a white-painted sheet
by large arm gestures and then glues the collages previously
painted in black.The glue is colored and the stains left by
the pressure of the hand on the canvas are not removed,but
blurred with fingers. more
Through his book Contemporary Graphic Art
Darat Al Funun celebrated the launch of Iraqi Artist
Rafe' Al Nasiri's book contemporary Graphic Art.
May 13, 1997
The book discusses
the significant strides made in the area of graphic Art. The
artist perfected his talents through his studies and work
in Portugal. He says the Arab world has missed out on this
area of art, and will need to increase its awareness of its
significance today. Mr. Nasiri plans to establish a department
of graphic design in the Fine Art Institute in Baghdad.
Khan Award for Architecture
Amman and Arab Cities of the Future
What will they be like?
April 29, 1997
The "Aga Khan
Award for Architecture" Conference, in collaboration with
the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation initiated a two day seminar
earlier this week at Darat al Funun amongst professionals
whose skills can contribute to answering these questions.
together Jordanian architects with their counterparts from
10 countries across the Arab world,the meeting enabled its
participants to exchange experiences with architects, not
only in the Muslim world, but also in the west.
The regional dialogue concluded with a lecture by renowned
London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, winner of numerous
international architectural competitions.
of the Rock
A Glowing Photographic Perspective
May 16, 1997
A Glowing photographic
perspective capturing time must be a photographer's ultimate
dream. Making time stand still for posterity is the scene
of creativity. Said Nuseibeh's latest photo exhibit on the
Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, is a living tribute to a monument
that lies in the heart and mind of every Muslim and Arab.
What is intriguing
is the 40 brilliant images of the dome of the rock, Haram
al Sharif and the Old City of Jerusalem that are on display
at the Darat al Funun. They show the diversity and richness
of a holy city that experienced continuing Muslim rule.
professionalism is something that comes out in the exhibition.
For example, filming and developing the photographs took about
is rich in alot of ways. The shots of mosaics in the Al Aqsa
mosque are simply breathtaking.To get a perfect view of the
Qubbat Al Silsileh Nuseibeh had to lie on his back, with the
camera on the tripod trying to center the chandelier" I just
fidgeted, fidgeted, fidgeted till it all fitted and worked".
Al Karmal Magazine
May 16, 1997
Darat Al Funun
celebrated the continuation of the Al Karmal magazine in a
ceremony that included its editor Palestinian Poet Mahmoud
Darwish, Darat Al Funun's Chairman Mr. Abdul Majeed Shoman
and Director Ibrahim Izzedin along with an attendance of literary
figures and artists. Editor Darwish spoke of a great need
in the Arab world for a magazine dedicated to the culture
of Arab literature and art, an area scarcely covered in today's
Middle Eastern publications. Darwish echoed his intention
to keep Karmal a mirror of all Arab art and literature, including
Palestinian, which he added continues from the greater Arab
cultural landscape. His statement is a response to criticism
that Karmal's theme did not reflect Palestinian literature