Passage by Nujoom Alghanem

Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives

Celebrating 50 years of the United Arab Emirates, Portrait of a Nation II presents an unprecedented collection of artworks never before displayed together, creating the exhibition’s centrepiece, around which a cultural experience traces the UAE’s visual art history as it has unfolded over a half-century of the nation’s transformative development.

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RACHMANINOFF’S VOCALISE BY EMIRATI SOPRANO SARA AL QAIWANI

The gifted Emirati opera star will perform her interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s famous song, composed in 1915, accompanied by members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Written for soprano or tenor, with piano accompaniment, the piece contains no words, but is sung using only one vowel of the singer's choosing. The iconic American-born Craig Leon, responsible for seminal albums in both popular and classical music, will produce the project.

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