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Tue 1 May 2007 12:19 AM

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Masters on show in Dubai

European masterpieces are set to sit alongside Middle Eastern and Asian art at the second annual Rosy Blue Masters exhibit.

Works of art from European collections will be shown along with those by leading Middle Eastern and Asian artists at the Rosy Blue Masters 2007.

The second annual exhibition will be held from May 10-19 at the One & Only Royal Mirage, under the patronage of HH Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of HH Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs UAE, and President of Dubai Women Establishment, a keen patron of art and an accomplished artist in her own right.

The exhibition brings together a selection of 19th and 20th century works from the impressionist and modern periods. Ballrooms at the One & Only Royal Mirage will be converted into salons showcasing the evolution of art.

Over 70 artists will be shown, including Monet, Raoul Dufy, Pierre Bonnard, Chaim Soutine, Henri Rousseau, Paul Signac, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Max Ernst, Miro and Gorky.

The Orientalist Salon will include masters such as Gerome, Edwin Lord Weeks, and the School of Anthony van Dyck, representing the art movement created by Westerners who came to the Middle East, North Africa and India during the 19th century.

Rosy Blue Masters 2007 will also exhibit contemporary artworks by prominent UAE artists, including Sheikha Manal along with those from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Taiwan, Korea and Latin America, such as Shirin Neshat, Shazia Sikander,YZ Kami, Kim Sooja and Arman.

Although the focus of the event will be on paintings, it will also showcase sculptures, video art, art installations and Islamic calligraphy.

Audio guides will be available in Arabic and English. Other initiative include an art library, education lecture series and seminars.

Rosy Blue Masters 2007 is supported by Dubai Cultural Council, Department of Tourism and Marketing Commerce Dubai, Dubai Ladies Club and One & Only Royal Mirage.

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