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The Director-General opens an exhibition on contemporary art in Bahrain

On 19 June 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, opened at Paris Headquarters, together with Sheika Mai Mohammed Al Khalifa, Under-Secretary for Cultural and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and His Excellency Hashim Hasan Albash, Ambassador and Permanent delegate of Bahrain to UNESCO, an exhibition on contemporary art in Bahrain.

Organized jointly by the Sector of Culture and National Heritage of the Ministry of Information of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Permanent Delegation of Bahrain to UNESCO, the exhibition displayed 35 works created by eight artists representing the diversity of contemporary art in Bahrain. Most of the artists featured are members of the Bahrain Arts Society, a non-profit organization created in 1983 as a leading forum for the country’s artists.

“Over its long history, Bahrain has nurtured a tradition of cultural pluralism and artistic development that is very much alive in modern Bahraini society”, said Mr Matsuura in opening the exhibit. “The Kingdom of Bahrain’s commitment to the promotion of contemporary creation is reflected in policy and in practice”, he went on.

The Director-General underlined Bahrain’s innovative approach to culture and increasing role as a platform for intercultural exchange. The Kingdom, he said, is “home to one of the most exciting and culturally diverse centres of contemporary creation in the Arab world today”.

“UNESCO, which encourages its Member States to take into account the cultural dimension of development, commends the Government of Bahrain for its initiatives to preserve its tangible and intangible heritage, as well as to promote contemporary forms of expression. We look forward to expanding our fruitful collaboration not only in the field of culture but in all of the Organization’s areas of competence”, concluded Mr Matsuura.

The exhibit is on display at UNESCO Headquarters from 19 to 29 June 2007.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 086-2007
  • 21-06-2007
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