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Mesopotamia to modern art

DNMUM385115 | 3/19/2017 | Author : Marisha Karwa | WC :459

Forty antiquities and several contemporary exhibits from Iraq will feature at Venice, the big daddy of biennales, this summer, finds Marisha Karwa
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It s an extraordinary remnant of history: a Babylonian-period contract of adoption with each witness name impressed upon it with a decorative stamp.
The surviving fragment from a civilisation that goes back to 2000BCE is one of 40 antiquities spanning six millennia that will be on display in custom-made vitrines alongside contemporary exhibits and such everyday objects as jugs and sieves from Iraq at the Venice Biennale.
Started more than a century ago, Venice Biennale is the Mecca for contemporary art and serves as a model for other biennales across the world. The 57th edition will open this May and run until November. The Ruya Foundation, which has commissioned the National Pavilion of Iraq, is eager to showcase the nati
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