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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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Boushra Almutawakel to Michael Rakowitz
recent acquisitions of works by Arab artists

21 June – 2 October 2013
Free

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These recent acquisitions highlight the breadth and range of art coming out of the Middle East in recent years, and the stories they tell.

Included in the display is the series Mother, Daughter, Doll by the photographer Boushra Almutawakel, Haram alaykum and other works by Fathi Hassan, a photograph from Gaza by Eman Mohammed, paintings by Ayman and Said Baalbaki, a sun print by Moataz Nasr, an artist’s book by Jean Marc Nahhas and a drawing by Ali Mukkawas.

Michael Rakowitz draws attention to the looting of ancient artefacts from the Baghdad museum in 2003, creating his own versions made out of brightly coloured packaging. These are displayed alongside similar objects from the British Museum’s Mesopotamian collection. What unites all these works is that each, in different ways, offers a documentary perspective on social and political issues that concern the peoples of the Middle East today.

Also included in the display is a drawing by the Iraqi Modernist painter Hafiz al-Droubi, a key artist of his generation (died 1991). These works have all been acquired thanks to generous donations and the supporters of Contemporary and Modern Middle East (CaMMEA).