Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa today opened “Istanbul Modern – Bahrain Exhibition”–at the Bahrain National Museum.
The four-day event showcases a selection from the contemporary and photography collections of Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
Gathering together 244 works by 94 artists from different periods, the exhibition focuses on contemporary themes such as imagination, identity, the interdisciplinary nature of visual culture and more.
Istanbul Modern-Bahrain is the latest in a series of shows that Istanbul Modern has held in major cities since 2009.
“A country without culture can’t aspire to promote tourism”, the minister said, stressing Bahrain’s success in building a modern cultural infrastructure as part of Manama Capital of Arab Culture.
She hailed Bahrain’s National Amphitheatre is adding value of the Kingdom’s cultural infrastructure.
She announced that an information centre would be opened this week in Bab Al-Bahrain to serve tourists.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by Minister of State for Follow-Affairs Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Mutawa, Bahrain Fine Arts Society President Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Arab and Asian ambassadors, Shura Council members and cultural and art figures.