A few days ago, I decided to hit the shops for a round of therapy. I skipped about Moda Mall only to find an amazing display in the center with a huge silhouette of Um Kalthum and decided to discover. I was inspired. The display, the items on display, and everything else in between was breathtaking. (Psst: they say the planner behind this exhibition did one of Obama's parties on inauguration day, wowza!)
The exhibition was divided into different halls over two floors. The round display hall displayed paintings and portraits of Um K alongside a few of her belongings such as her microphone, her Dior shades, and her infamous "mandeel". The paintings were collected from individual artists, as were her belongings from museums in France and Egypt.
The stairs that lead to the second floor were adorned with Arabic calligraphy.
The exhibition had a guest book. Out of curiosity I flipped through only to find pages and pages of farewell/thank you notes dedicated to the legend. I was surprised that people literally each wrote her a good page or two, wow!
Also displayed were Um Kalthum's radios, dresses, her lizard Gucci shoes and bag, old photos documenting her life, videos and songs playing in the background; all arranged in the most spectacular manner.
Also exhibited was art work by a myriad of artists that spanned everything from fashion to pop art all dedicated to Um Kalthum; beautiful creations inspired by such a beautiful icon.
Make sure to pass by whenever you hit the shops at Moda Mall. The exhibition will be on until March. Enjoy!!
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