Sami Mohammad, statues of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem (1972) and Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem (1989). Photo: Tarek Al-Ghoussein, K Files_655 (2013)
Statues of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem (1972) and Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem (1989) by Sami Mohammad. Photo: Tarek Al-Ghoussein, K Files_655 (2013)

Kuwait's history is filled with story-telling moments, a past with many thrilling times. This year, art afficionados will experience that and much more at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy (La Biennale Di Venezia). This year's general theme is entitled "The Encyclopedic Palace".

Kuwait's National Pavilion is commissioned by the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters, and curated by Ala Younis, will feature artworks by prominent Kuwaiti artist Sami Mohammad that symbolize Kuwait's foundations and represents the early days of the country as well as the period between the 1960s and 1980s, which was considered the golden era of Kuwait. The pavilion will also feature works by photographer Tarek Al-Ghoussein.

There are pieces that talk about the 1990s during the invasion with many sculptures that tell a significant story. Sami Mohammad created many pieces in London and now in Italy to celebrate the great State of Kuwait.

The Kuwait National Pavilion will preview on the 30th of May at 6 PM (Italy time) and will be open to the public from the 1st of June to the 24th of November 2013 at the Palazzo Michiel, 4391/A Strada Nova Cannaregio, Venice, Italy.

For more information visit www.artkuwait.org and www.kuwaitpavilion.org

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