The painting’s voyage, from the record-breaking Christie’s auction to the mysterious postponing of its unveiling, reflects deep regional ideological and geopolitical rifts — but the debate has hardly played out in the Arabic-language media.
Keeping track of the world’s most expensive painting has become more difficult since it transferred into Saudi hands. One conspiracist claims the painting is involved in a money laundering plot tie Trump-Russia scandal.
Raad’s latest exhibition in Beirut explores history, archives, and reality with his signature inscrutability and dry humor.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is now claiming it owns the world’s most expensive artwork.
The newly opened institution announced on Twitter that the most expensive artwork ever sold will soon go on view there.
When starchitect Jean Nouvel said he “saw no problem” with the way migrant laborers were treated during the construction of Saadiyat Island, you have to wonder if he even looked.
Many reports have emerged of harsh labor conditions during the construction of museums on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, but the cultural institutions involved are showing no interest in discussing these violations with leading human rights groups.
VENICE — On Wednesday the Gulf Labor Coalition held the first in a series of four panels it is organizing as part of the 2015 Venice Biennale.
The Agence France-Muséums has confirmed reports, brought to light recently by the activist and artist group Gulf Labor, that a 28-year-old Pakistani worker died on June 8 at the construction site of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.
The directors of some of the world’s most important art institutions, including the Tate and MoMA, have written a letter to UAE-affiliated art organizations asserting that “artists and academics should be allowed free passage to conduct research and work that is done in a peaceful and productive manner.”
Today Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its third report on violations of the rights of migrant workers on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, where the Guggenheim and Louvre museums are planning outposts and New York University is planning a campus.
Editor’s note: For roughly three years, Hyperallergic has been covering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and how it manifests in the art world, including recently during the 31st São Paulo Biennial. The following report outlines recent developments in regards to BDS and the positions of various art-related entities.