Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts offers a thorough representation of the culture and arts of the country’s heritage. From painting, sculptures and embroidery , the collection spans two separate buildings with a park in the center of the two. A coffee shop serves refreshments in the garden area.
The art pieces clearly represent the uniqueness of each artist with a touch of Jordanian influence that the country they lived in has given them. The influences that come through are also from Lebanon, Oman, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Palestine. The paintings on display are aesthetically beautiful depicting grieving, weddings, praying and other forms of cultural partaking.
There are both paintings and sculptures that are politically motivated such as oppression of women and war zones of Palestine. Some would say that these pieces are difficult to understand as they haven’t truly lived in the Middle Eastern societies to know what has taken place through history. Many art pieces display Arabic calligraphy, which is not only beautiful, but history in itself.
The second building, which is larger than the first, has themed floors. These are exhibiting Spanish works, works from all over the world, and of course, Arab works. This building also houses a library on the top floor. Visitors are free to pick a book and page through it on the outdoor patio at leisure.
If you are lucky, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts may have few visitors meaning the curator can spend time with you while walking through the exhibits. He will discuss the art pieces with you to make it an even memorable visit.
It isn’t very hard to find, situated opposite the King Abdullah Mosque, and entry is very inexpensive. For those seeking traditional art, it may be a bit disappointing as this art gallery is currently known for its contemporary, modern art pieces with vibrant colors and scenes.