As people from different parts of the world flock to the ultra-modern museums in Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, I feel the need to raise some concerns about Kuwait's MoMA and the fact that its being semi-neglected and left behind. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I went to Kuwait's Modern Museum of Art to check out Enzo Manara's art exhibition and to see if any new art pieces have been added to the museum. I walked around the building's old architecture which I have always loved. However, the place looked a little tired and rusty, like it's in need of sprucing up. I did notice some few new art pieces here and there. But I was annoyed to see them covered in dust. I felt that little has changed at the museum since the building was opened. No frequent art events or specialized programs for the community, no leaflets/brochures about the museum, no souvenirs shop, and just randomness in the display of art pieces in each room.
Kuwait's MoMA is one window to our culture. It needs to be revitalized and utilized more often. We need to host more temporary exhibitions or put new attractions/activities in there. Find someone who's art savvy, energetic, and well educated to step up to the plate and nurture it. I'm sure that funding is not an issue here, so that should be the least of our worries. Anyhow, enough complaining.. here are some pics of old and new art pieces on display.
This marvelous wooden piece is the creation of Kuwaiti artist Khaza'al Al-Gaffas back in 1979