CULTURE TUESdAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
Dubai voted world’s Middle Eastern, International artists at
JAMM’s upcoming contemporary art auction
best shopping destination JAMM to hold its 2nd auction
in Kuwait of over 90 top-quality
DUBAI: dubai, with its glittering array giant malls
packed full of luxury brands, is seen as the world’s best
lishing it as a popular global shopping tourism destina-
tion. artworks by contemporary
city for shopping among people in the Arab world, ac-
cording to a new survey.
The city’s stable of shopping centers includes Mall
of the Emirates, which features an indoor ski slope, and International artists
The survey by Yahoo! Maktoob Research found 32 dubai Mall, one of the largest in the world that is lo-
percent of respondents ranked dubai as the number cated next to the 828-metre Burj Khalifa. KUWAIT: JAMM, an independent strategic art advisory, will
one shopping destination, beating out more established Paris was ranked the second best shopping destina- host its 2nd auction in Kuwait on 9 February 2011 featuring over
global cities such as London, Paris and New York. tion with 13 percent of the vote, followed by Beijing, 90 works by emerging and established Arab, Iranian and Interna-
dubai’s retail sector has grown rapidly over the last Istanbul and London in joint third with 5 percent, the tional artists according to a press release.
decade on the back of the city’s economic boom, estab- survey found. “This is a wonderful opportunity to present the works of the
New York, Beirut, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo top contemporary artists from Kuwait and to showcase the best
rounded out the top 10, according to the survey, which of the best from across the Middle East and beyond. Part of the
polled 2,900 people across the region. proceeds from this sale will benefit KAACH, the Kuwait Associa-
The results were similar regardless of age or gender, tion for the Care of Children in Hospital,” said Sheikha Lulu Al
but people did tend to prefer the city located in the Sabah, co-founder of JAMM.
country in which they live. Offering over 90 works of art by renowned artists, includ-
Eighteen percent of people in Morocco picked ing Nabil Nahas, Rokni Haerizadeh, Rahim Sharif, Reza der-
Marrakech, compared to 2 percent region-wide, while akshani, damian Hirst, Hassan Meer, Ahmed Alsoudani and
52 percent of UAE residents chose dubai and 40 per- Farideh Lashai, the auction will provide an opportunity for both
cent of people in Lebanon picked Beirut, according to new and existing clients in the GCC region and beyond to add
the survey. to their collections of contemporary art. Keeping in mind the
Below are the results of the survey fast-growing appetite and appreciation for quality artworks at
ranked in order of most popular: the right price, all pieces at the auction will be under 14,000 Kd
dubai (United Arab Emirates) - 32% ($50,000).
Paris (France) - 13% A public exhibition of the artworks will take place at the Av- our 2nd Kuwait auction of affordable established and up-and-
Beijing (China) - 5% enues on 8 February, ahead of the auction. JAMM hopes that the coming international artists” commented Lydia Limerick co-
Istanbul (Turkey) - 5% preview will provide an opportunity for the public to visit and founder of JAMM.
London (United Kingdom) - 5% enjoy the art that will go under the hammer on the 9th. Established in 2009, JAMM is an independent strategic art
New York (United States) - 4% The auction will be conducted by renowned auctioneer, Ai- advisory service founded by Sheikha Lulu Al Sabah and Lydia
Other - 3% leenAgopian, who has been instrumental in the successes of many Limerick who bring a combined expertise of over 15 years in the
Beirut (Lebanon) - 3% evening sale auctions of private collections as well as setting new contemporary and international art market.
Hong Kong (China) - 3% records for artists such as Richard Prince and Julian Schnabel, to JAMM was founded by Kuwait based art-journalist and for-
Bangkok (Thailand) - 2% name a few. 10% of the proceeds from the auction sale will ben- mer Middle East director for Philips de Pury, Lulu M. Al-Sabah
Tokyo (Japan) - 2% efit a Kuwait based non-profit organization, KAACH, the Kuwait and former head of Christie’s, Middle East, Lydia Limerick.
Milan (Italy) - 2% Association for the Care of Children in Hospital. Their mission is to create cultural projects without geographi-
Barcelona (Spain) - 2% JAMM is much more than an art consultancy. With its unique cal boundary. Our goal is primarily to advance Arab and Iranian
Marrakech (Morocco) - 2% global footprint, JAMM aims to bring culture, trends, collectors artists in the West and Western artists in the East and to further
Amsterdam (Netherlands) - 1% and private individuals closer to established and emerging artis- collaboration between the two. Projects range from large-scale
A member of the Armee Francaise team is pictured Madrid (Spain) - 1% tic talent without geographical restriction. The services offered exhibitions and events to small-scale activities focuses on the
above Dubai’s skyscrapers during the Gulf emirate’s Singapore (Singapore) - 1% by JAMM include auctions, amassing private and corporate art development of the art market in the Middle East and other key
2nd International Parachuting Championship and Munich (Germany) - 1% collections, artistic representations, exhibitions and events on an regional markets. For more information on JAMM, please visit
Gulf Cup 2011 on January 7, 2011. (AFP) Sydney (Australia) - 1% international scale. “As a company we are delighted to announce www.jamm-art.com
Greeks rebuild Acropolis Rally with state aid Experience old Europe with
a tour of Austria’s medieval fortresses
ATHENS: Organizers of the Acropolis Rally are help young talented Greek drivers to seek an interna-
aiming to ensure the race returns as one of the World tional career through the WRC Academy,” Vovos said.
Rally Championship’s (WRC) best through a major re- “We have an excellent co-operation with the gov-
vamp with support from a Greek government looking ernment and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism,” he
to boost tourism revenues. After the race was cancelled added.
in 2010 partly due to the financial crisis in Greece, it “Acropolis Rally will be present in international
is returning to the WRC calendar in 2011 as a fully exhibitions in collaboration with the Greek National
fledged professional event, organized by Celeritas, a Tourism Organization and will be included in all tour-
company set up by former Greek driver Aris Vovos. ism campaigns of the Ministry.” The Acropolis Rally
The rally, which will be the 57th edition and will has been held for 51 years by the Greek motorsports
take place on June 16-19, has been boosted by the organization Automobile and Touring Club of Greece
state’s decision to support the event officially -- along (ELPA), making it one of the longest-standing in world
with the Athens Classic Marathon -- as vehicles to pro- rallying. due to its dusty, rough and rocky mountain
mote Greek culture and tourism. roads during the sweltering summer period in Greece,
“All manufacturers and drivers are delighted to be the rally is widely regarded as the toughest by drivers.
back to Greece,” Vovos, 46, told Reuters in an inter- Vovos said this was something that worked in the
view. “They all missed the Greek round of the WRC Acropolis Rally’s favor.
and are looking forward to the 2011 Acropolis Rally. “WRC events, according to the new FIA president
“Our objective is clearly to return to the top level Jean Todt, should try to go back to their roots. Each rally
of the WRC rallies. Acropolis Rally was voted Best Ral- has to be unique to secure its presence on the WRC cal-
ly of 2005 and we want to regain that spot.” endar and Acropolis is without doubt a unique event,”
Vovos said his team’s investment in the Acropolis he said. “It is, as our mission statement says, ‘A mythi-
Rally was “a big risk” given the current financial cli- cal motorsport experience, where technology meets
mate in Greece. history in the Land of the Gods. The world’s greatest
But with greater support from the state, which has drivers and machines face each other on the world’s
at the same time been making widespread cutbacks roughest surface’.” One of the most significant changes
across other areas of sport, he is confident the project expected in 2011 is ensuring live television coverage
will be a success. of the event, with state broadcaster ERT being the fa- Guessing Castle
“All investments are risky under these difficult vorite at this stage. “There will be live coverage of the in Austria
economic circumstances but we have a three-year plan last special stage of the Rally,” said Vovos. “This is a perches on hill
that hopefully will enable us to make Acropolis Rally new feature of the TV coverage that is introduced by that was long
an event that will not only be self financed, but also North One Sport (global promoters of the WRC) on all ago a volcano.
produce revenue that will give us the opportunity to 13 rounds of the WRC.” -Reuters From the top,
see all the way
Color and curves: Beauty in Africa
across the Hun-
NAIROBI: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. most African countries. “A woman shouldn’t look like GRAZ, Austria: Aficionados of the available to be reserved for private func- valleys, the green forests and the splendid
This adage is also true in the age of globalization. While a boy, rather she should have curves,” said Gitenga pas- Middle Ages and the chivalry of times tions. For those looking for something vineyards of south-east Styria.
in Europe, Asia and the US women are supposed to be sionately. “And above all she should have a beautiful gone by are highly recommended to slightly different, every summer Locken- This impregnable “fortress of Chris-
thin, in Africa an ample bottom is considered attrac- large bottom.” make their way to southern and eastern haus Castle is home to an international tianity,” as it was once known, is an ar-
tive. Joseph Gitenga, a businessman in the Kenyan Indeed, a shapely, ample backside is a source of Austria. music festival held under the direction of chitectural jewel of the Middle Ages and
capital of Nairobi, reluctantly accepted an invitation to pride for women in most African countries and they Here in the states of Burgenland and violinist Gideon Kremer. Turkish armies laid siege to it during their
attend a casting session for models held by an Ameri- emphasize their hips by wearing tight or short dresses Styria can be found some perfectly main- “The castle’s main knights’ hall pro- military push west.
can agency. and skirts. These women can only chuckle at European tained centuries-old fortresses steeped vides seating for 600 people,” says his- “However, the fortress never fell,”
Gitenga knows exactly what these types of events women who consider their wide hips a flaw. And they in history where once Christian Europe torian Peter Hasenstaetter, who is more says castle official Christian Redl.
are about: “The ugly ones win,” he said. consider the sizes of jeans marketed by international faced the advancing forces of Islam. interested in Lockenhaus’s past than its The castle entrance is reached via a
Really? What exactly is ugly about the tall, delicate designers an unreasonable imposition. There is relief Today many of the castles once oc- present. long, steep footpath. Three kilometers of
African beauties that increasingly are seen strolling for the distress caused by the fashion industry: An Afri- cupied by knights and Crusaders are now “It seems Lockenhaus was a fortress defense walls with loopholes, seven arch-
catwalks in the US and Europe? It must be attributed can designer clothing shop in Nairobi, for example, of- populated by tourists who flock here from of the Knights of Templar,” he says. ways and eleven bastions are evidence of
to the adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. fers jeans that have an “African fit.” And in Ivory Coast spring to late autumn. At least that’s the view of Austrian au- the castle’s impregnability.
The established western beauty ideal - tall, thin and a beauty product claiming to help women’s bottoms One particular point of interest is thor Gerhard Volfing, who claims to have Until seven years ago many gave up
straight through the hip - appeals only to a minority in get bigger is on the market. Forchtenstein Castle in northern Burgen- collected enough evidence in his book before reaching the castle gates but since
doctors, however, warn about such products as land near the Hungarian border, which “Auf den Spuren der Templer in Oesterre- 2003 a new cableway on the north side
well as products designed to lighten the skin. Some over the centuries repelled all attacks and ich” (On the trail of the Templars in Aus- of the castle now leads visitors up to the
Africans choose skin lighteners because they believe a has been in the continuous possession of tria) to substantiate his assertion. fortress in just 90 seconds.
lighter complexion can positively influence careers as the House of Esterhazy since 1622, when A line of former defensive fortresses A witch museum reminds tourists
well as one’s prospects with the opposite sex. On the Nikolaus Esterhazy, founder of the west- are strewn like a chain from north to of one of Europe’s darkest chapters. Be-
other hand African women love colorful clothing, even ern Hungarian Esterhazy line, received south along Austria’s eastern border and, tween 1546 and 1746, over 800 men and
when purists complain about the influence of western the castle from Emperor Ferdinand II. according to historians, the area provides women were charged with witchcraft
fashion. “The arsenal is home to the largest one of the highest concentration of cas- in Styria with courts sentencing 300 to
The colorful prints and patterns of African fabrics private weapons collection in Europe,” tles in Europe. Most castles now play an death, mostly by being burnt at the stake.
in fact have inspired the ethnic looks of many inter- explains castle spokeswoman Edeltraud important role for tourism in Austria al- A fortress tour is an ideal holiday for
national designers and African designers are more Werschlein. though some are still in private hands. those travelling by car. The internet pro-
frequently connecting traditional patterns with avant- Perched on top of a volcanic moun- “We get around 90,000 visitors a vides all the dates for concerts, jousting
garde tailoring. tain is Guessing Castle, which was built year to Forchtenstein Castle,” says Wer- competitions and medieval banquets. Vi-
Particularly in west African countries, many men in 1157 and is the oldest castle in Burgen- schlein. enna or Graz make a perfect base for day
and women find the flowing caftan comfortable in the land and a regional landmark. There is also another use for these trips or for round trips of several days.
humid climates. And uncomplicated and elegant head- Although over 850 years old, the for- remnants of more warlike times. For ex- If possible, tourists should consider
dresses such as those worn by Nigerian woman conceal tress was completely renovated at the end ample, the Burg Schlaining fortress near staying overnight in a fortress. Some
hair that hasn’t been cut and styled. of the last century and now offers theatre Oberwart, which dates back to the 13th castles offer room and board while the
But that’s not to say that African women don’t like performances, concerts and readings in century and once allowed knights to con- fortress in Bergstein im Burgenland spe-
to do their hair. There’s a broad range of cornrow styles the castle grounds during the summer trol important trade routes, is now home cializes in providing a romantic experi-
and it’s not unusual for an African girl to sit for hours months. to Austria’s Student Centre for Peace and ence, complete with antique furniture
when her hair is due to be restyled. There are also of- The clock tower offers views deep into Conflict Resolution. and tile ovens. There are no televisions or
Africa has its own ideals of feminine beauty, typified ten tears when a girl goes to the hairdresser and has Hungary while a museum provides infor- The fortress is also open to visitors telephones although the bathrooms have
by this curvaceous young resident of Abuja, Nige- to endure the discomfort of having her hair combed mation on the violent history of the area. and has a peace museum. been upgraded to modern standards. din-
ria (file photo, November 8, 2008). Many African out. Because of these bad childhood memories, many The castle’s restaurant serves up food and East of Graz close to the border with ner is served in the historic knights’ hall
men ridicule US and European ideals of beauty, with women prefer a short haircut and a collection of wigs drink in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Hungary and Slovenia, the 12th century by candlelight in front of a roaring fire.
their emphasis on thinness without curves. (dpa) or braided hairpieces. -dpa Middle Ages while some rooms are also Riegersburg stands guard over the gentle -dpa