x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

UAE museums in the spotlight at Emirates Palace

The National’s Saeed Saeed, left, and Manal Ataya, the director-general of the Sharjah Museums Department. Courtesy ADMAF and Barjeel Art Foundation
The National’s Saeed Saeed, left, and Manal Ataya, the director-general of the Sharjah Museums Department. Courtesy ADMAF and Barjeel Art Foundation

The New York University hosted the final discussion in the Sky Over the East exhibition’s In Conversation series last night. The talk Museum Collections Make Connections had Manal Ataya, the director-general of Sharjah Museums Department, and The National’s senior editor Saeed Saeed discuss how museums have changed in the recent years, the ways in which they can engage and inspire generations and how to use them as education incubators.

The talks were designed to coincide with the Sky Over the East exhibition at the Emirates Palace Gallery, which ends on June 27. On display are works by leading Arab artists of the 20th century who explore the history of the region over the last century.

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