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My Story at Amricani

Do you or any of your family members, acquaintances or friends happen to have a story with the American Missionary hospital in Kuwait (Mustashfa Lemraicani) during the years from 1914 -1967, the official period of offering medical services in Kuwait? Please share with us your story or your memory during those old days by writing [...]

Arts of the Hellenized East

Arts of the Hellenised East  Precious Metalwork and Gems of the Pre-Islamic Era By Martha L. Carter with contributions by Prudence O. Harper and Pieter Meyers An informative and beautifully produced guide to one of the world’s most spectacular collections of eastern Hellenistic and pre-Islamic precious metalwork. This is the sixth volume in Thames & Hudson’s celebrated series exploring the treasures [...]

Dr. Abdulmuttalib al-Ballam on YouTube

Cultural Season 22. Lecture given by Dr. Abdulmuttalib al-Ballam entitled Reconstructing Old Kuwait City Project. 19 December 2016 at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre, Kuwait.

Modern Architecture Kuwait (MAK) Debate

Yarmouk Cultural Centre 2016 As a parallel event to the first representation of Kuwait at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, the first conference on modern building heritage took place in Kuwait. The event included a series of round-table debates between architecture and planning practitioners and the local community. The success [...]

Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at Yarmouk Cultural Centre

The new facility at Yarmouk officially opened on 27 September 2015. For more than 30 years, the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) has been a beacon for culture and education in Kuwait, and now DAI have a new facility, along with the Amricani Cultural Centre, to call their own: Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at Yarmouk Cultural Centre. The [...]

al Fann closes in Rome

Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah's Al Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization exhibition has now closed in Rome. The exhibition had on display 364 countless masterpieces that represent all the major artistic media -  textiles and metalwork, ceramics and glass, miniatures and illuminated Q'uran manuscripts as well as objects made of stone and wood, and jeweled arts. [...]

Story Time Readers Wanted

Dear Friends, We need your help.  Over the summer, the DAI started a Story Time programme that was a terrific success.  The children, many of whom came every week, loved the stories and so did the parents. (Truth be told, so did the readers!) So, due to popular demand, we’re going to launch CS21 Story Time, to be [...]

International Museum Day 2015

For the 3rd consecutive year, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, in accordance with the International Council of Museums, celebrated International Museum Day on May 15th from 4pm – 10pm at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah’s Amricani Cultural Centre. The theme of International Museum Day this year was: Museums for a Sustainable Society. This theme highlights the role of museums in [...]

Arts of the Deccan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

[rev_slider Deccan] A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened in April entitled "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700". Opulence and fantasy characterize the art of India's Deccan courts during the rule of its sultans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The diamond-rich region attracted artists, poets, writers, and traders from [...]

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Exhibition

It’s a cold January in Kuwait as the DAI curator, Salam Kaoukji, guest curator Giovanni Curatola and conservator Sophie Budden travel to Houston, Texas to install a long-term loan from The al-Sabah Collection to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston MFAH. Other than presenting a selection of Islamic art objects from our collection to [...]