Architecture, culture and identity
Gl. Strandvej 13, 03050 Humlebæk Map
Tue–Fri 11 am–10 pm, Sat/Sun 11 am–6 pm

ARAB CONTEMPORARY is the second chapter in the series “Architecture, Culture and Identity” – and is a successor to the exhibition NEW NORDIC, which Louisiana showed in 2012. The series is about how architecture is both a bearer of identity and promotes the shaping of the cultural distinctiveness of a country or a region.

Just as there are ongo­ing discussions of whether anything specifically Nordic exists, the exhibition ARAB CONTEMPORARY attempts to home in on features shared by the Arab countries – from the Arabian Peninsula through Lebanon to Morocco. The Arab world is first and foremost connected by language, but there are other common features that point both to a shared understanding of space and a visual culture where one can draw lines from calligraphy over certain construction elements to architecture on the very grand scale. ARAB CONTEMPORARY traces some of these common lines for consideration, and a picture of the notion of ‘the Arabian’ will arise through various stories from places where significant developments are happening right now.