Friday, 15 Nov 2019 | 18 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
Museum of Modern Art delegation visits sultanate

Museum of Modern Art delegation visits sultanate

An art collector and author of ‘Art through the Eyes of an Ambassador’ (2018), Ali described the evening as an try to open a door for the art aficionados and collectors for Omani artists and vice versa.

The International Council is a group of supporters and donors of MoMA began in 1953. The council visits galleries and views art collections in various components of the globe each and every year. Its itinerary in 2019 brought the council to the area with stops in Qatar, Bahrain and Oman following the opening of the Sharjah Biennial earlier this month.

“These are the who’s who of art collectors from Argentina, Chile, India, South Africa, the UK, the US and other countries. They now have exposure to Omani art. I hope our emerging artists are able to use this exposure to their advantage. The door is open on both sides,” Ali mentioned.

He attends art lectures and auctions routinely and collects from London auction homes as effectively as straight from artists. Ali’s 40 year old collection consists of not just art but a 300 year old edition of the Holy Q’uran, prayer beads, statues, rugs, books, ornaments and a lot more which are of interest to the International Council of MoMA producing the go to achievable.

About the delegation’s go to to Oman, Jay A Levenson, director of MoMA’s International Program that is supported by the International Council, informed that they arrived on Friday and had been scheduled to leave on Monday. The delegation visited Royal Opera House Muscat, Bait al Zubair, Stal Gallery and the National Museum, which he was impressed with.

According to Levenson, who has been director of the International Program for a lot more than 22 years, Omani artists should exhibit at international fairs and exhibitions for exposure.

Asked how art can be additional created in the sultanate, Levenson mentioned, “You already have the artists. What you need is more galleries. In the early stages of artist recognition, it is important to have private galleries.”

Among the Omani artists who attended the reception was Hassan Meer. He echoed Levenson’s opinion of the require for a lot more museums and art galleries. Curator and artistic director of Stal Gallery, Meer mentioned wealthy businessmen can assist art develop in Oman by developing foundations and supporting artists. Another artist present on the occasion, Anwar Sonya, who was introduced at the ‘Godfather of Omani artists’ by Ali to the going to delegation, mentioned there is considerable help for art in the nation. “Everything is free. There’s even a department for youth affairs. More galleries will come in the future.”

Ali mentioned, Oman was the initial in the nation exactly where art was patronised. “In the mid-70s, or early-80s, an art centre was opened under the instructions of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said himself. There was nothing like that at the time in the whole region. But the authorities have not developed it further.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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