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The Wall & the Check Points
Ica Wahbeh - The Jordan Times Weekender
February 15, 2006

“The wall and the check points”, the exhibition on display at The Khalid Shoman Foundation - Darat Al Funun, groups five Palestinian artists who give poignant testimony of what the breaking up of Palestine means for them and the people under occupation. more
Ica Wahbeh - The Jordan Times Weekender
September 2005

A rich, interesting visual stimulation is offered by Darat Al Funun’s latest showing, a combination of works from the Khalid Shoman private collection, a video art film by Mona Hatoum and an architectural exhibition by Sahel Al Hiyari. more
Palestine & Jordan 1500-1900
Ica Wahbeh - The Jordan Times Weekender 
February 2005

From holding quite a few ministerial portfolios to becoming the possessor of a great collection seems to have come easy to Dr Hisham Khatib.

A Homage to Iraqi Artists
Iraqi Artists Remembered

Mike Derderian - The Star
November 2004

An artist's death doesn't necessarily mean a parting from the world of art for having left behind a multitude of works ensures that a physical presence overshadows the tragic note of his death. Those familiar with these works and those whom have learnt from him the meaning of the word art might conspire a joint art exhibition in respect of his memory. more

Beyond 100 C
Artists with a Message

Ica Wahbeh - The Jordan Times Weekender  
June 2004

Maha Mustafa and Ibrahim Rashid are two intense artists who believe in art with a message. Theirs has a humanitarian dimension: Art is part of life, no different from it, and humankind should strive to reach dialogue and harmony instead of destruction and war. more

Visceral Landscapes
Sima Zureikat - JO magazine

June 2004

"Every individual is unique and special and has a story to tell. The hand speaks wordless texts, reveals anger, anguish, joy, and hope. It is a point of contact between one and the world. One uses it to exercise the creative will." more


of time & light
Jordanian arts center highlights founder's newest exhibition. Suha Shoman's "Of Time and Light" offers glimpse into oneness
with cycle of life
Peter Speetjens Special to The Daily Star
March 2004

Darat al-Funun is in many ways everything Amman is not. Located on a quiet hill overlooking the crowded Jordanian capital, the arts center is based in a restored villa complex perfectly integrated with the remains of a 6th century Byzantine church and surrounded by a green garden. As such, it gives a taste of what the city of seven hills may have looked like before its rapid urbanization in the late 20th century.

Stop the Wall
Exhibit in Amman conveys horrors of Israel's separation wall Photographs, sound effects, replicas of barrier give visitors feeling of imprisonment, suffocation experienced by Palestinians

Rana Sabbagh-Gargour Special to The Daily Star
February 2004

The horrifying illusion of a journey through prison confronts anyone visiting the first extensive exhibition on the separation wall that Israel is building on occupied West Bank land. Combining photography, sound effects, replicas of the Israeli-built double walls, medieval-style observation towers, and barbed wire ripping through seized land, the Stop the Wall exhibition, which opened in Amman on Saturday, triggers feelings of pain, anger and claustrophobia. more


Images & Words
Images and Words Reflections of Ireland and Venice
Hada Sarhan - The Jordan Times
January, 2004

Photographs by novelist and poet Ibrahim Nasrallah are currently on display at The Khalid Shoman Foundation - Darat Al Funun. The photos, depicting abstract images of reflections on water in Venice and Ireland, were taken when the novelist was in Ireland last year for a literary meeting with academic and cultural institutions organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Nasrallah was also the guest of honour at the Fondamenta of Venice. more

Summer Academy 2003
High Art
Sima Zureikat - JO Magazine

The month-long workshops of Marwan Kasab Bashi, a Syrian artist based in Germany, which are held annually at Darat Al Funun, are gaining legendary status among young artists across the Levant. Sima Zureikat meets some of the participants to find out what all the excitement is about.

Artists in Town
At The Crossroad between the West and Middle East, 'Artists In Town'
Anouck Bronee - Special to The Star
July 2003

A total of 12 artists from Jordan, the Mediterranean and the European Union have gathered at Darat Al Funun, to work together and to create sculptures, paintings, collages and other artistic achievements. The workshop, entitled Artists in Town, started on June 25th, and ended July 1st -
a week to meet, to work, to bond, and to create, depict a romance with the beauty of written characters and script." more

The Khalid Shoman Collection
Darat al Funun Brings the Arab Art World Together

Hada Sarhan - The Jordan Times
March 2003

Jabal Luweibdeh's Darat al Funun has succeeded where politicians failed, uniting together all Arab countries together under a single roof in the name of art.

The permanent exhibition of the "Khalid Shoman Collection" features 500 works by 79 artists from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and more via painting sculpture, prints, drawing and photography. Darat Director Ali Maher told The Jordan Times that despite the tragedies of war, people should "continue to live and share the beautiful creativity with people the whole world over."

Photos of Light
"Photos of Light"
Ghassan Joha - The Star
Jan 2, 2003

Once eyes encounter Said Nuseibeh's photo exhibition at Darat Al Funun and the Spanish Cultural Center (Cervantes Institute), they will realize the charm of light. The exhibits are thrilling, imaginative and mystic. Reminding us of the curved rainbow, Nuseibeh sees in the colored watery reflection of light as "the Divine's manifestation of nature." His photos stimulate human emotions, reveling one's thoughts about the surrounded objects. more

Journey through Art
Princes Wijdan Ali - Journey through Art
Louis Ibrahim - The Star

December 2002

  Three Phases in four Decades" is the wonder that Her Royal Highness Princess Wijdan Ali takes visitors through in her exhibition at Darat Al Funun. The exhibit is more than an event of art, it almost feels like human feelings made tangible on paper

Photos of Light
Said Nuseibeh - A Silent Poet Speaks
Hada Sarhan - The Jordan Times
December 2002

For Palestinian photographer Said Nuseibeh, the photograph is an honest medium that cannot lie as spoken and written language does. "Language is a barrier. Often times more a hindrance than a help," said the artist, adding that photos can be misinterpreted only if manipulated by computer. "Liquid and Light," currently displayed at Darat Al Funun features 36 photos of San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, grouped into two sets. more

Painting on the Wall
Painting on the Wall
Ibtisam Awadat - The Star
October 2002

He is known for his mastery of drawing portraits, the human face and contours of the human body. These attracted him since early childhood. Aziz Amoura is one of the few Arab painters who manages to get into the inner character of his art. more

Contemporary Arab Artists
Contemporary Arab Artists 9th anniversary
Autumn Festival at Darat Al Funun
Coexisting Art At Arab Causes

By Ghassan Joha -The Star
September 2002

Lately, art in the Arab World has become a vent for artists to introduce their ideas and opinions of political developments in the region. As the late artist Jabra Ibrahim Jabra once said: " Arab artists are speaking for the nation as a whole. Their aptitude is extensive but mysterious." Such a mystery, added Jabra, reflects the Arab nations' identity and its role in developing social unity among the people. The artists of Darat Al Funun's Autumn Festival expressed their perceptions of the current Arab world in various angles. These different angles, however, explain the same concept of oppression within and of the Arab World. The festival includes two exhibitions, with the first celebrating the 9th anniversary of the Contemporary Arab Artists exhibition. more

Jumana al Husseini
Jumana Husseini, Artist's Works 'Depict A Romance With The Beauty Of Written Characters'
March 2002

Art critics believe that, in the tradition of the calligraphic art in the Arab world, art lover and artist share a mutually artistic challenge. The artist must be creative within certain norms while the art lover must show his/her ability deciphering the script; the art lover is disappointed if the calligraphy is too easy to decipher or if the artist excessively stretches the rules of the art. Palestinian artist Jumana Husseini, like many contemporary Arab artists, has initiated a new set of rules in regard to this exchange between art lover and artist. Her works, currently on display at Darat Al Funun, depict a romance with the beauty of written characters and script." more

The Arab College of Jerusalem in Pictures
Arab College Immortalised in Photo Exhibition

Hada Sarhan
February, 2002

LEBANESE WRITER Ghada Samman once said "photographs are attempts to capture a fleeting moment". 'The Arab College of Jerusalem in Pictures', a display of 42 photographs taken by several individuals trying to immortalize mementoes, depicts many momentous events of the college students and teachers. The exhibition shows photographs taken in the 1930 of the Arab College, documenting its achievements over a period extending till 1948. more

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