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Syria Matters Exhibition

November 22, 2018 - April 30, 2019


Syria Matters takes as its subject the extraordinary cultural heritage of Syria, illuminating Syria’s key role in the artistic and intellectual history of the world. So much of this precious heritage has been tragically lost through the destruction of its fabled cities of Palmyra and Aleppo, as well as countless other cultural heritage sites, during the bitter civil war. This exhibition will bring to life the multifaceted layers of Syria’s architectural and cultural history going as far back as the country’s early pre-Islamic past and will explore its many contributions to world history.

As part of the exhibition installation, there will be a specially-designed immersive experience of several key sites such as the Umayyad Mosque of Damascus and the Citadel of Aleppo, giving visitors a unique experience of these remarkable locations.

Curator-Led Tours

Join co-curator Rania Abdellatif for a tour of the galleries to learn more about Syria’s immeasurable contributions to global history and appreciate what is at stake, culturally, with the recent destruction of sites due to war. To be held on Saturday, 24 November at 12 pm and 3 pm.

Home Within

The first of these activities will be held on 23 November 2018 at 7 pm in MIA’s Atrium, featuring renowned Syrian musician Kinan Azmeh and Syrian Armenian artist Kevork Mourad with their Home Within performance. In Home Within, art and music develop in counterpoint to each other, creating an impressionistic reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath in a spectacular and moving experience.

‘Syria Matters’ Discussions

This will be followed by a lecture titled ‘Syria Matters’ with MIA’s Director, Dr Julia Gonnella on 27 November 2018 at 6 pm, where she will discuss the exhibition and its key themes, as well as the first Syrian-themed book club discussing Syrian Folktales by Muna Imady on 28 November 2018 at 5 pm.

Souq Al Hamediya

On the sidelines of the Syria Matters exhibition, MIA Park will host its own version of the famous Souq Al Hamediya starting from 21 November until 23 December 2018.


November 22, 2018
April 30
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