Monday, April 05, 2010

Tareq Rajab Museum

We had an excellent visit of the Tariq Rajab museum, where we met Mr and Mrs
Rajab themseves. Our tour was guided by Dr Géza Fehérvari himself, a hungarian
born archeologist who works at Tareq Rajab Museum for many years now. His enthusiastic tour was a fascinating introduction to the regional culture. It
would deserve a higher support (and more Kuwaiti visitors). The collection is of an interest which compares if not overpass that of the much acclaimed Doha's
Museum of Islamic Art. But the premises are narrow and do not allow the
spectacular exhibition it would need.

Before coming to Kuwait for business, my good friend Jacques along with his wife, had asked me for places of interest to visit. I must say I felt dumbfounded. First of all I live here so I am not sure what tourists like to see. And after following all the local politics it seems, thanks to our parliamentarian Taliban squad, everything is forbidden! I thought back to all the trips I made to Paris and all the wonderful historical tours Jacques took me on and I felt embarrassed.

After much thought I came up with a list -not very long- that included a trip to Failaka. After a bit of research it turned out you need a special permit and appointment to visit the historical sights there -yes there are historical sights there.

So lastly I resorted to Tareq Rajab museum. I called Dr. Ziyad Rajab who I met very long ago and he was more than nice and welcoming. My guests received a very hospitable reception and came out very impressed. I was equally impressed when I read Jacques' email above comparing his visit with that of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. Even though I am a big fan of the architecture of I. M. Pie and for sure the Qataris have done a great job, most of the collection actually was bought from a Kuwaiti collector (from Al-Homaithi Family). It is sad to see the lack of support for great art collection and collectors here in Kuwait. Hopefully one day we will have a worthy venue for this national treasure and support for collectors.

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