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Living on a prayer

27th October 2014

GULF TIMES, By Anand Holla

Captivating geometric symbols replace the human form to represent the five postures of prayer.

Egyptian-born artist Ehab Mamdouh’s debut exhibition titled Muqeem – A mesmerising call to stillness – promises to be a far-reaching exercise in contemporary Islamic art in how it moves away from calligraphy and embraces the human figure to advance the dialogue.

Muqeem Series I opened Thursday and is on till December 12 at Riyadh’s Alāan (meaning Now) – the key contemporary forum, at the heart of the city’s emerging arts scene. The exhibition combines “a reverence for that which is spiritual and universal,...

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The Islamic Dimension in the Contemporary Works of Ehab Mamdouh

12th October 2014
Religious Dimensions of Classical and Contemporary Islamic Art

ESSAY: By Maha A. al-Senan, PhD

In the West, the term “contemporary Islamic art” is commonly used to describe religiously themed works by artists from the countries of the Muslim world; in this sense, it suggests that the genre is an extension of conventional Islamic art. But the term is also used more broadly to refer to all art produced by artists from these countries; here the term implies that contemporary Islamic art is the product of the aftermath of September 11, revolutionary political movements in the Arab and Muslim worlds, economic and cultural growth in the...

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MUQEEM: settling the mind in Ehab Mamdouh's debut show

12th October 2014
A mesmerising call to stillness

PRESS RELEASE: At a time when the world is flooded with often confusing images of Islam, Alāan Artspace is proud to introduce the artist Ehab Mamdouh and our current solo exhibition Muqeem, Series I. This is the first-ever exhibition of the artist. Muqeem, Series I combines a reverence for that which is spiritual and universal, though distinctly Islamic, with contemporary ideas about art that results in a thought-provoking and profoundly beautiful body of work.

The show opens to the public on October 23rd.

The word ‘muqeem’, the title of Alāan’s newest exhibition, is used by the artist to suggest...

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CRATE | Pop-Up Shop

16th June 2014


Alāan Artspace is excited to launch our newest project, “CRATE,” located in our beautiful ground floor gallery. Perfect for introducing your brand to new audiences, this modern and attractive interior is conceived as a temporary platform for designers, from emerging and established to local and international. “CRATE” allows you to take advantage of our inviting and welcoming space, as well as our desirable location, within blocks of the famous Kingdom Tower.

نحن في مساحة “الأن” الفنية سعيدون بتقديم مشروعنا الجديدلعرض منتوجاتكم و بيعها في مساحتنا الرائعة في معرض «كريت» . معرض...

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Alãan meaning Now is Riyadh’s key contemporary forum, at the heart of the city’s emerging arts scene. We foster the city’s growing arts community through exhibitions, event programmes and an important arts library. Through Alãan Projects we integrate arts education and community events with exhibitions showcasing unique local design talent. Our stunning exhibition space is deliberately set at street level, welcoming a relaxed, immersive experience.

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