By Cécile D., Laurent P. Published December 31, 2020 at 3:59 p.m. Updated December 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
The Institute of the Arab World is adorned with rhinestones and sequins to welcome “#Divas, from Oum Kalthoum to Dalida”. The event exhibition, to be seen from January 27 to July 25, 2021, portrays the great women artists of Arab music and cinema of the twentieth century.
<p>L'<strong>Arab World Institute</strong> pays tribute to all the women who made up the golden age of <strong>cinema</strong> and some <strong>Arabic music.</strong> Come and admire the portraits of these talented stars by visiting the exhibition <em><strong>Divas, d’#Oum Kalthoum à Dalida</strong></em>, of <strong>January 27</strong> at <strong>July 25</strong> 2021. A journey filled with songs, unpublished photos, film extracts, cinema posters or concerts that put stars in our eyes.
Legendary artists, timeless icons, strong women, avant-garde pioneers, the exhibition Divas is a real proof of love to all these actresses and singers who participated in the development of post-war Arab societies and who still remain references adored by all today. Oum Kalthoum, Warda al-#Djazaïria, Asmahan, Fayrouz, Laila Mourad, Samia gamal, Souad Hosni, Sabah, Dalida… They are numerous and they are brought together during a magnificent course.
In the middle of personal items, of robes scintillating stages, photographies period, extracts from films or concerts mythical interviews rare and cinema posters, we discover the life and the combats of these women, and especially theinfluence they had on the patriarchal societies in which they evolved.
The exhibition tells about feminist struggles and the history of Arab women in countries gripped by the struggles ofindependence and the decolonization.
The course unfolds on 1 000 m² exhibition space and is divided into four acts. We pass in turn pioneer women to the feminist avant-garde then to the success of musical comedies. We end with the looks ofartists of today on these divas, whose heritage is a profound source of inspiration for a whole new generation.
You can already get a little taste of this great exhibition with theIMA Summer Club, the rooftop animated that makes us dance to the rhythm of legendary singers from the Arab world. And concerning the opening of the exhibition, it will of course be based on government measures and the evolution of the epidemic.
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