Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sharjah Ruler opens Islamic Art exhibition

Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah opened on Sunday, an exhibition of Islamic Art at the American University of Sharjah (AUS).Entitled ‘The Beauty of Words’ the exhibition will run for a month at the Rotunda of the AUS Main building.

The exhibition showcases a selection of around 100 distinctive items of Islamic calligraphy from Shaikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum in Doha, Qatar.

Commenting the distinctive organisation of the exhibition, the Ruler thanked Shaikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, collector and owner of Faisal Bin Qassim Museum, for sharing the unique pieces of art with AUS to make the initiative a reality.

Earlier, AUS Chancellor Dr. Peter Heath expressed his gratitude to Shaikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani on supporting this initiative. ‘One significant dimension of the university’s mission consists in cultivating the fine arts, literature, and sciences within the region’, said Dr. Heath.

Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Salem Al Qaseer and Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs Nada Mourtada also expressed their appreciation to Shaikh Faisal for his decision in selecting AUS as a venue for this first ‘Voyaging Museum’ exhibition in the Middle East, which is in line with the University’s mission in establishing strong ties with the community.

Sheikha Al Anood Bint Faisal Al Thani, Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Shaikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum said: ‘We are especially proud of this initiative, which demonstrates our mission to encourage cultural exchange and promote heritage’.

The ‘Beauty of Words’ exhibition is curated by Dr. Dieter Marcos, Director of the Shaikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.

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