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New Moderns

The United Arab Emirates’

Grand Designs

by Sara Raza

PABLO PICASSO, Tête de Femme, 1953, oil on canvas, 65 x 54 cm. 

Collection of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi.

Within five years, the Gulf region will boast a coastline of world-class museums filled with art from around the world. What will that mean for a region transformed? 

When French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu argued in his seminal 1984 book, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, that the precepts of taste are defined by a…

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