Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Art and Culture

This morning I spent an hour in downtown. Right next to the Italian hospital is the new Museum of Jordan. It has not yet opened to the public, but it has a soft opening Saturday, Sundays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It contains cultural exhibits from ancient and contemporary Jordan.

This stretch of downtown has an organized park system. Spring grass covers the fields while trees are budding into blossoms. Park benches for relaxation and sculptures adorn the parks.

Right next to the new museum is View Amman, which has a relief of the metropolitan of Amman. It is  quite large and contains informative data about how the city views itself. It showcases what the king would like to city to represent. I was impressed with the exhibit.

The Hussein Cultural Center is a set of two buildings for performances and conferences. It also contains a music conservatory. I'm glad to know that.

I asked the receptionist about the Frederc Chopin statue. He said it was a gift of the Hungarian embassy. I then asked him if Chopin spent some time here in Amman and if once he played in the city. The man replied, "No, he's dead" to which I blurted out a laugh, which I quickly contained.

Across the street from the HCC is the Al-Raisler Gallery that contains sculptures and paintings. Next to it is an old Eletrical Building that has been converted into a warehouse for the arts. Throughout March, Arab photographers are exhibiting their work in galleries throughout the city. This warehouse contains the largest collection of photographers within the Arab Union. It is worth seeing.

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