Exhibition / Arab Contemporary / Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

ARAB CONTEMPORARY is the second chapter in the series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. The exhibition takes the visitor to old Yemenite civilizations and new cities like Dubai and new architectural projects that relate to the desert as place. It shows SMAQ’s proposal Ex-Palm for the transformation of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai towards a sustainable city quarter as printed model with a diametre of two metres together with SMAQ’s manifesto for a critical urban transformation “Charter of Dubai” in large format (50 cm x 66 cm) leather bound as well as how other architectural offices such as Jean Nouvel, Henning Larsen Architects and X-Architects, intervene in the region with new interpretations.

The series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” is about how architecture is both a bearer of identity and promotes the shaping of the cultural distinctiveness of a country or a region. The exhibition CONTEMPORARY ARAB attempts to home in on features shared by the Arab countries – from the Arabian Peninsula through Lebanon to Morocco. The Arab world is first and foremost connected by language, but there are other common features that point both to a shared understanding of space and a visual culture where one can draw lines from calligraphy over certain construction elements to architecture on the very grand scale. CONTEMPORARY ARAB traces some of these common lines for consideration, and a picture of the notion of ‘the Arabian’ will arise through various stories from places where significant developments are happening right now. A current focus is the relationship between private and public space, which is presently changing socially, politically and architecturally.

The exhibtion was curated by Mette Marie Kallehauge and Kjeld Kjeldsen.


Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Gl. Strandvej 13
3050 HumlebĂŚk (by train approx. 35 minutes from Copenhagen )


Opening: January 30, 2014
Exhibition: January 31 – May 4, 2014
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 18:00


Charter of Dubai


For further information please visit:
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Arab Contemporary Exhibition Site

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