|Arabian Bronze Hand 100-300 CE, Yemen
The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) in collaboration with the British Museum,
opens A History of the World in 100 Objects –an exhibition that captures a history of the world through a vivid display of compelling objects.
Open for 100 days from April 23 – August 1, 2014
at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island
Curated by Becky Allen from the British Museum, A History of the World in 100 Objects presents 100 significant objects in a narrative that brings contemporary audiences face-to-face with cultures across time and space. Bringing to life the material culture of the past, the exhibition will feature a variety of objects such as a lifelike cast bronze hand from Yemen that was made between 100 and 300 CE, an Egyptian granite statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II discovered on Elephantine Island at the Temple of Khnum, and the famous Royal Game of Ur, found in a royal cemetery in southern Iraq and estimated to be around 4,500 years old. Within the exhibition narrative the story continues to contemporary time and to the celebration of today’s objects such as Reem Al Marzouqi’s recently conceived Prototype Foot-controlled Car. An Emirati student from the UAE University, Reem’s car showcases how inventors of today create objects that add new stories to our history.
Located in a dramatic new building at the centre of the Saadiyat Cultural District, and commanding views of Abu Dhabi and the Gulf beyond, Zayed National Museum will celebrate the unification of the Emirates and their transformation into a modern nation under Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918–2004) – the ‘Father of the Nation.’
There will be a full public program of workshops, tours and seminars derived from the objects in the exhibition. For example, in a workshop dedicated to juniors, participants can create a blue-and-white design on pre-glazed earthenware using ceramic paint, or in another for adults, in a workshop inspired by the German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and his famous Rhinoceros woodcut (1515), people can learn about techniques and processes of woodblock printmaking.
For further details on the public programme please visit www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
or call +971 (0) 2 657 5800.