My Name Is Danna Lorch And I’d Like To Adopt Salsali Private Museum!

Adopt-A-Museum is the clever project of Jenni Fuchs of Museum Diary, a blog based in Germany.  Art lovers from all over the world write in to nominate their favorite small, unsung hero of a museum and explain their personal connection to the collection.  Jenni and I were first aquainted as fellow students in Holly Becker’s unbelievably helpful online course, Blogging Your Way. We have never met in person so we are virtual pen pals, tapping away at our laptops in our glasses and ponytails, often sending each other ideas and links back and forth across the ocean and through the clouds.

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Jenni invited me to guest post on her blog as a way to share news of Dubai’s emerging arts scene with her loyal European audience. I am blushingly flattered to be the first contributor to Jenni’s blog from the Middle East and to bring some well-deserved international attention to Dubai’s own Salsali Private Museum, the first private museum for contemporary art to be founded in the region and a sentimental place for me.

Interior of Salsali Private Museum. Image courtesy of SPM. Photo by James Harvey

Interior of Salsali Private Museum. Image courtesy of SPM. Photo by James Harvey

Here is an excerpt from the guest post: “When I first arrived in Dubai I felt like I’d moved to a strange moonscape complete with camels, sand, Ferraris, and tall women in cocktail dresses with perfect hair. When I stepped into Salsali Private Museum for the first time and saw Reza Derakshani’s flashing neon sign playfully reading, “This is not a museum/This is a museum,” I knew I had found my niche for belonging to this city—the place that would eventually inspire me to start my own blog.”

Ramin Salsali shows visitors around Reza Derakshani’s solo show at SPM. Image courtesy of SPM

Ramin Salsali shows visitors around Reza Derakshani’s solo show at SPM. Image courtesy of SPM

To read the full post click here.

Good Ideas:

Admission to Salsali Private Museum at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai’s Al Quoz Industrial Area is completely Free. You can learn more and plan your visit here.

You should subscribe to Museum Diary here.

To sharpen your blogging skills set you might consider enrolling in Holly Becker’s next online course in October, 2013.