Bahrain’s National Museum covers both the ancient heritage of the island as well as the contemporary arts. It is located in a pretty building from before the great boom of monumental national buildings in the Gulf, and conveys a relaxed self-assurance that Bahrain in those days could boast of. The heritage part covers the rich antique periods, and the modern-art part is pleasant and shows both Bahraini painters from the present and the past and other Arab painters. As Bahrain started to modernize quite early, the national visual-arts tradition has a longer past than elsewhere in the Gulf, and the museum highlights this. In front of the building is a sculpture park showing this longer established tradition, including the well-known, huge, winged feminine figure with large breast structures.
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