Bahman Mohassess (1931–2010), paper collage, 2009.
© The Trustees of the British Museum

British Museum plans new Islamic gallery

Bahman Mohassess (1931–2010), paper collage, 2009. © The Trustees of the British Museum The National, April 2015 In the same week that the British Museum announced plans for a…

Exodus II – Dubai (2010), Courtesy Marcus Lyon

Artist Marcus Lyon on his Exodus

The National, March 2015 Marcus Lyon is racing up the dramatic, sweeping Nelson staircase in London’s Somerset House, the spectacular neoclassical building on the banks of the Thames…

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Hindu epic Ramayana reunified at last

The National, March 2014 The year is 1649, and the ruler of Mewar in southern Rajasthan is looking mournfully at his pitiful royal library, destroyed by the Mughal…


Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize

Vision, March 2014 It was the painting that everyone kept returning to. Whitney Khan’s image of a young girl breaking through the placid surface of a swimming pool…

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Photography: an influential medium

Vision, February 2014 When Dubai’s Aashish Rajesh was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards this month for his image of the Grand Mosque in Dubai, it was…

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Wael Shawky interview

The National, January 2014 Black camels amble through the desert near Abu Dhabi. Silhouetted against the hot sun, they look both indignant and regal. They’re certainly unlikely stars….


India Art Fair

The National, January 2014 It felt like a major moment in Indian art – and it could have repercussions for the Middle Eastern art scene, too. In December…