Bait Muzna Gallery in Old Muscat, Oman

  Nestled in the heart of Muscat old town, surrounded by steep mountains and 16th century Portuguese forts, the Bait Muzna Gallery, originally the home of a member of the Oman Royal Family, is a unique traditionally styled house renovated as an art gallery in January 2000 through the vision and dedication of American-born Sayyida Susan Al Said.”  Art is the soul of a culture and the Gallery recognizes that modern & contemporary art is an essential indicator of the state and progress of a society.  As Oman continues to develop and open up to international business and tourism, Omani art and artists are set to benefit from this increased exposure.  A main goal of Bait Muzna Gallery is to introduce Omani artists to the international Art scene and provide a unique accessible and welcoming venue to showcase these talents.”  The friendly Filipina lady who works at the Gallery-Noora-is more than willing to assist with any questions you might have concerning the artwork.  Tel: 968-24-739-204, Fax: 968-24-739-205, Mobile: 968-24-739-204  Gallery hours are Saturday to Thursday from 9:30am to 7pm.  www.baitmuznagallery.com  www.omanart.com   This oil on canvas piece is titled “Splendor” and was painted by the Lebanese-German painter of Armenian decent, Emmanuel Guiragossian. (8300 RO)  Another piece by Emmanuel Guiragossian titled “The Champion” (/(RO 6950)

  “Reflection from the Moon”, oil on canvas by Omani artist, Hassan Meer. (RO 2800)  Born in 1972, he grew up in Muscat, the capital of Oman.  He received his Bachelor and Master degree in Art from Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia, USA in 2000.  Meer exhibited extensively in Oman and internationally for the past 20 years.  He obtained many awards including the Golden Palm from the second Exhibition of the Gulf States.  Hassan Meer is also the curator of the Circle Show that is taking the lead in encouraging new forms of art in Oman and in the Gulf.”  “Omani Door XXIX” by Omani artist, Abdel Majeed Karooh. (RO 400)  Born in 1975, Omani artist Karooh started painting since the age of 8.  His inspiration comes from his childhood, filled with happy memories, as well as the unique heritage and folklore of the Sultanate of Oman.  His successful contemporary “Omani Door” series are set in bright yet natural colors which are the memories of his family ancestral home.  As for his “Oman Architectural” series, they were inspired by his father, one of the capital’s main constructors, who taught him all his knowhow.  Karooh is a member of the Omani Society for Fine Art and the Youth Studio.  He has won three distinctive awards and has exhibited in Oman, Egypt, Dubai and New Delhi.”  “Old Civilization I” (RO 380) & “Old Civilization II” (RO 380)  are “Mixed Media on Campus” created by the female Omani artist, Enaam Al Lawati. “Omani artist Enaam Al Lawati has a fascination for history and roots of people and she takes inspiration from the ancient Arabic civilizations to bring her work alive.  Her artwork has ancient calligraphy as a predominant theme; the calligraphy of the old civilizations of the Arab world and those discovered in the caves of Salalah called “Al-Mussnad calligraphy”.  In her paintings, she uses clay to sculpt some of the stamps, depicting scenese from the lives of primitive people, which were related to those old civilizations.”  This “giclee print”, painted by Alan Reed, is titled “Sur”. (RO 49)  This photo is by Said Al Harthy and is titled “Salim”. (RO 150)  Said Amur Al Harthy is a free lance Omani photographer and a member of the OSFA Photographic Club since 1996.  ‘Through photography I express what I see and feel, my Images frame the emotions and feelings that I come in contact with. I am greatly inspired by Rembrandt. I specialize in black and white photography and hand printing, documenting both landscape and people. I have participated in local and international exhibitions and competitions. I won my first award at an exhibition in Sweden.’”

If you LOVE art and happen to be in the Sultanate of Oman, you definitely have to make it to the Bait Muzna Gallery which is just across from the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Old Muscat.  Even if you’re not that much into art, I highly recommend a visit anyway as the pieces are beautiful!  Only 5 days left of the exhibit by Tonny Holsbergen on “Faces of Oman”…more on that tomorrow…

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24 responses to “Bait Muzna Gallery in Old Muscat, Oman

  1. Happy New Year to you, Andy & Che! :)

    Thanks for sharing this. I particularly like the painting “Sur”.

    Have a great year ahead! Which I’m sure you both will :)

  2. Thanks, Jo!!!
    Wishing you all the best in 2010!
    God bless!

  3. The Bait Muzna Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition called “Mystical Oman” with beautiful watercolour paintings by Alan Reed. Take a look at this one of the Jewel of Muscat by copying the link into your browser

    http://bit.ly/9oaEfo

  4. Wow! Beautiful! I love how Alan has combined two important icons of Oman: the Jewel of Muscat and the famous sea arch at Bandar Al Jissah! Thanks, Susan!

  5. Alan & I are hoping to come along to the church meeting this afternoon and look forward to seeing you again.

  6. Hi Susan,
    FYI, there is a 7:30pm church service in Ruwi on Sunday evening if you’d like to (and are free) join us. The Bosches attend that service each week as well.
    You guys must be VERY busy with Alan’s exhibition at Bait Muzna, I imagine! I’ve noticed that you are faithfully updating the website (www.alanreed.com) and even manage to keep up with your blog when you can. Impressive! :-)

  7. loken da humane

    Hi Susan,
    It is long time I had a show in your gallery and believe that your gallery business is doing wonderful. If you think you can be a curator for my show I have work ready and you may guide me. Here is the link for one of your gallery picture and my new art work for your reference. Now I am based in California, USA and look forward to hear from you.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/kumar.lokendra

  8. Dear loken da humane,

    I think you might have misunderstood that this website is Susan’s or the gallery’s. I only posted ABOUT Bait Muzna but I’m not connected in any way. Just a fan! :-)
    You should contact Susan or the gallery:
    Tel: 968-24-739-204, Fax: 968-24-739-205, Mobile: 968-24-739-204
    (Some great artwork in your Picaso Web Album, by the way! :-) )
    All the best!

  9. Salma Al Khamayasi

    Well,,, I would like to say that I have visited Bait Muzna Gallery and loved it.
    I really loved the paitings, especially abstract paitings.
    I hope that one day may paitings will be on it’s wall.

  10. Salam Salma,
    Yes, Bait Muzna is GREAT! The awesome thing about the gallery is that it is constantly changing and new artwork is always being displayed!
    Good luck getting your paintings there someday! :-) Are you an artist? You should start a blog and post some of your art! If you do, let me know the address, please!

  11. My name is Herbert Castro and I am part of a team of filmmakers producing a world wide documentary project. In the process of searching for participants in Oman I came across your gallery. We would love for you to participate in our project. The project is called “One Day on Earth”.

    One Day on Earth will include the participation of documentary filmmakers, students and inspired individuals recording a human experience in EVERY country in the world during the 24 hour period of October 10th, 2010. We currently have over 2300 participants in over 140+ countries. Our goal is to create platform for the global community to gain a greater understanding of the common threads that connect us and also the differences that make us all unique. There are also big issues being addressed and shared, which will hopefully raise awareness to things that don’t make headlines. By participating in this historic event, you will help capture the diversity of life and culture on this planet. Together we will create a document that is a gift to the world. Please visit our website where you may view our trailer. Feel free to email me if you have an questions or feedback.

    http://www.onedayonearth.org

    All the best,

    Herbert Castro
    herbert.castro@onedayonearth.org

  12. Thanks for the info, Herbert.
    I am not the owner of the gallery though. Just a fan! :-) You should contact the manager at baitmgal@omantel.net.om or art@baitmuznagallery.com
    Interesting project you got there!

  13. Hi, am looking at a abstract painting of Omani faces (Man & Woman)

  14. salaam
    really is good see art work of omani artists,
    through the platform Muzna art gallery.
    with beast wishes for future

  15. Syed,
    Yes, it is always nice to see the work of Omani artists! Bait Muzna has some incredible art on display. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Best wishes to you as well! :-)

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  17. i like it a lot and i wounder if u know a photographer who s interrested i giving photography classes

  18. Lina,
    Sorry but no, I don’t know any photographers who are interested in giving photography classes. I hope you find what you’re looking for. Cheers! :-)

  19. Dear Sir / Madam,

    i am requesting you to please visit my works in my website http://www.prasanta.co.in
    and comments on my works, i want to get involved with your gallery as an artists.

    many thanks

    Prasanta Acharjee
    +91 33 9331870529
    http://www.prasanta.co.in

  20. beauty full

  21. beautyfull……………………..sir

  22. hello everyone,
    is there a chance for me to improve my artistic talent to a professional level?
    an art school or any institute where i can use some learning?
    kindly assist me in this
    my email is
    u.zakwani@hotmail.com

  23. i have an excellent set of original sketches of stone town Zanzabir depicting times when the Omanis ruled it . This was created by the local asian artist who has been awarded by the royal crown..anyone interested ???

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