Dubai Metro stations to turn into art museums
Dubai, March 18, 2014
The Dubai Metro stations are set to be transformed into art musems that display artworks and creations from different themes and cultures, said a report.
The initiative, under the directive of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is aimed at making arts and creativity accessible to all segments of the society, said the Emirates News Agency (WAM) report.
The project is set to be completed within 12 months and will synchronise the launch with the commencement of ‘Art Dubai 2015.’
With more than 137 million visitors last year and an average of 500 thousand visitors a day, Dubai Metro Museum initiative aims at creating an artistic environment with a wide reach to inspire creativity and innovation.
The project’s first phase will include transforming four vital metro stations into art museums. Each of the museum will have a specific theme that highlights a specific aspect of arts or cultures.
The themes are Islamic arts and Arabic Calligraphy Museum, Inventions Museum, Contemporary Art Museum and Visual Art Museum.
The Islamic art and Arabic Calligraphy Museum will include a collection of artworks inspired by the Islamic art and its development phases over 1,400 years.
Manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery will be some of the items on display which highlight the art and cultural aspects of the times they represent. Calligraphy paintings will also be on display to give visitors a taste of the Arabic calligraphy art and its development through the different ages.
Inventions Museum will offer the visitors from different ages a unique and interactive educational experience that illustrates the most important human inventions in different fields such as engineering, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, geography and many other fields.
The Contemporary Art Museum will offer a comprehensive view on modern art through a collection which reflects the sense of contemporary creative expression. It will have paintings, designs, graphic illustrations and models that reflect the styles which have been created by contemporary artists from different parts of the world.
Visual Art Museum will highlight the contemporary visual art scene through screening movies and documentaries, and displaying multimedia content of cultural and artistic essence. The visual art museum will give its visitors the opportunity to share their work and have it on display as well.