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All that glitter is not gold

All that is said is not true, and not everyone  who says can do. There are many metals, but gold is the valuable of all.

Many metals can be polished and painted to seem attractive. The paint makes that rusty metal as valuable and of a high price. But when it is tested, the paint is washed away and the truth appears clearly. This means that honesty pays in the long run.

Whatever the deceit may be, originality, truth and honesty will be the base of anything, as falsehood and dishonesty will be proved that it is untrue.

Let's imgine a building of salt which appears as a true building in its shape. It will not last long. Salt will be washed away and truth will be clear.

The external appearance will not change anything of the origin of the truth. Beauty is not to wear

beautiful clothes. If beauty is to be true, it must be clothed in a moral character.

You may admire a man's stature and his clothes, but the clothing might hide stupidity and foolishness.

The apparel may deceive and truth will remain bright like the sun.

Sh/ Kh

Annual Autumn Exhibition Opened

Damascus –ST .The Annual Autumn exhibition opened on  Wednesday at the Educational Center for the Fine Arts.

 Some144 painters are taking part at the expo. Displaying  different works including photography, graphic, water and oil colors, sculptures and other works.

The exhibition is considered as an opportunity for the pioneers who are over 40 years to exhibit their distinguished works that reflect their creativity and diversity.

   Minister of Culture, Dr. Lubana Mishweh, stressed the importance of holding this annual exhibition as an annual tradition in cooperation with the pioneers of arts who established  themselves in local and international exhibitions.


 Nada Haj Khiddr


Marwan Abu Shaheen

Marwan Abu Shaheen is apparently one of the most important voices in Syrian dupping field.

He graduated form the Higher Institute of Dramatic Science in 1999, then started acting at Remnants Photos Series (Bakaya Sowar) Directed by Najdat Esmaeel Anzour.

His first experience in the theatre field was (Alu Chekhov).

"Theatre is the spirit of the artist, and the artist can't live without theatre", said Abu Shahin.

Any one can be a T.V star if he had a chance, but he may fail when he stands at the theatre.

A Historic Series (Al-Bawasel) was his first experience after graduating.

Acting at the same field is a failure to the artist, so I worked hard to act in different fields and I had a chance to play a starring role in  a series entitled Under the tread foot (Taht almadass), and many other serieses such as Memories of Flesh (Zakerat aljassad), Men are Wanted (Matloub Rejal)…….etc, he added.

Syrian Drama has a prestigious place at all Arab T.V channels, he added.

He sang three songs in comic series called bomb action directed by Faysal Banni alMarjaeh, and his songs met the audience's satisfaction.

Finally, Abu Shaheen played in drama, theatre and Dubbing such as Cleopatra, Detective Conan, Alive, Bab al-Hara part 3, Lawrence of Arabia and Khaled bin alWaleed and many other series.


Maher Taki  

Protecting antiquities a must

The General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums on Wednesday hold a symposium at the Damascene Hall in the National museum.

The symposium discusses the evaluation of  Antiquities and the strategy of protecting them during the ongoing crisis in Syria.

The general director of Antiquies and musumes. Dr. Mamoun abdul karem discusses the statues que of the Syrian museums.

"the explosions that hit the national museums of Aleppo and Der ezor, the Western wall of National Museum in Hama, Folk Tradition Museum and Medicine and Science Museum (Argoni Bermarestan) resulting in material  damages", affirmed Abdul Kareem.

In addition, some 17 ancient pieces had been stolen from Ga'bar citadel,

Non-original pieces and  ancient pieces from the Dura-Europos museum.

 Safety procedures:

It is worth noting that museums were equipped with alarm devices and  most of the museums' funds were in safe .

The researcher Nazer Awad talked about  damages of :

Al-Zahrawi palace, al-Madek citadel, al-Husun citadel, Aleppo citadel entry and Sheizar citadel.

Safety strategies:

A strategy has been  adopted by the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums to protect heritage from thieves  by increasing the number of guards and activate the police's role.


Hanan Shamout

Fateh al Moudarres

Born in Aleppo in 1922 ,Fateh al Moudarres was one of the pioneers of the modern art movement in Syria. He is also a  painter and sculptor. In the beginning the self-taught painter was working in a realistic style, he was inspired by Surrealism in the 1940s and 1950s, and he explained his work in verse and prose to the public. After studying at the "Accademia di Belle Arti", Rome (1954-60), he returned to Syria and developed a highly personal style that he described as 'surrealistic and figurative with a strong element of abstraction.' Moudarres's work was influenced by the icons of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Syrian Classical art, which he studied in the National Museum of Damascus. His works became increasingly abstract in the 1960s, although after 1967 he expressed political themes. He studied at the "Ecole des Beaux-Arts" in Paris(1969 to 1972). His paintings have an accomplished sense of composition and balance of colour. Moudarres trained several generations of a University of Damascus. Upon his return from Italy late 1950s, Moudarres abandoned the traditional formulas of painting prevalent in Syria and began to create a language where his vocabulary was drawn from the primitive and ancient arts of his country. In his expressionistic idiom reality is mixed with fiction.
The heroes are taken both from the present and from ancient civilizations, and are both nameless farmers and legendary figures. Their square-shaped heads recall those of Assyrian statuary, and those of the figures in Palmyrene frescos, and also of early Christian iconography. These characters are enriched with warm and vibrant colours and executed in a variety of ways, sometimes with dense application of paint, sometimes scratched, or stippled, or with the addition of sand. Often a specific group of colours, such as red and black, or white and fawn, will dominate the painting.

Growing up Fateh Moudarres spent much time in the countryside, but the agricultural crisis of the 1960s forced him to relocate to Damascus.
Moudarres, along with several contemporaries, often sought to depict the everyday people and the problems they encountered. He was especially moved by the life of ordinary people in the Syrian countryside. For them, what on the surface which can often incorrectly be characterized as an idyllic existence was in fact a way of life marred by problems caused by social upheavals. The present composition depicts the life of the simple peasants, showing the country bride and wedding party.
In such a scene one might expect to see joyful celebration, but instead there is a palpable aura of sadness, as Moudarres reveals something of his feelings about suffering and helplessness of these women in the rural areas. He Passed away in Damascus 1999.


Nada Haj Khiddr