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Sharjah Museums Authority extends art exhibitions

SHARJAH, July 13, 2020

Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) has extended a number of art exhibitions that were halted by the nation-wide precautionary closures due to Covid-19.
 
SMA had been quick to move some of its exhibitions and activities, but since museums have started to reopen in phases, the Authority has decided to extend two shows at Sharjah Art Museum that were originally slated to end in May.
 
The exhibitions that will now run until end of October include “Fairytales Come True: Worlds From the Imagination of Hans Christian Andersen” and "Homebound: A Journey in Photography” for Ethiopian artist and photographer Aida Muluneh.
 
By extending the shows, SMA provides members of the public with a chance to visit these important exhibitions and appreciate the life and journey of these great artists.
 
Honouring the life and work of the Danish writer Anderson, the exhibition is organised by UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) in collaboration with SMA, as the first Hans Christian Andersen exhibition in the Arab region. The exhibition, which was originally slotted to open from March 1 to May 30, comes in celebration of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019.
 
People will enjoy drawings and artworks by the writer as well as themes inspired by some of his greatest fairytale stories that are spread across 15 rooms at Sharjah Art Museum.
 
They will also see some of his literary works brought to life using props and digital solutions.
 
"Homebound: A Journey in Photography”, which was launched virtually due to the enforced shutdowns, will now allow art enthusiasts to physically visit the exhibition and take a closer look at Muluneh’s works.
 
The exhibition, launched by The Africa Institute in Sharjah (TAI) in cooperation with (SMA) and Sharjah Art Foundation, showcases exceptional examples of Muluneh’s works that chronicle her journey as an artist and a photojournalist in its first part, curated by Dr. Salah Hassan, Director of TAI, along with Sataan Al Hassan as co-curator.
 
In the second part of the show that is curated by Aida Muluneh, visitors will enjoy displayed works of contemporary African photographers that were previously showcased at the Addis FotoFest founded by the artist herself and launched in 2010 in Addis Ababa, as the first and only international photography festival in East Africa. 
 
SMA has adopted a raft of safety and health precautionary measures at its operational museums to ensure the wellbeing of visitors and staff including temperature checks, physical distancing and running at 50 per cent of their total visitor capacity.
 
Museums are opened Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm and from 4pm-8pm on Fridays. - TradeArabia News Service 



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