Mawaheb students recreated AkzoNobel masterpiece displayed at Dubai Airports

Jan 2, 2022 | Collaborations

AkzoNobel commissioned students of Mawaheb to recreate the masterpiece as restoration of original work continues at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Mawaheb, a non-profit art studio for people of determination 16 and above, is proud to reveal the project between AkzoNobel, KLM and Dubai Airports which will focus on promoting diversity and inclusivity in art and to showcase the skills of people of determination from Mawaheb.

“This project is an exciting and inspiring example of a public private partnership designed to promote inclusivity in art and we see this as an incredible opportunity to use our passion for paint to empower people to express their individuality,” explains Jasbir Gill, AkzoNobel’s Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa.

To help speak more on this opportunity, Wemmy De Maaker, Director at Mawaheb, said, “The project recreates Rembrandt’s masterpiece using modern imaging techniques to tell a different story. This version places Mawaheb artists of determination at the forefront and highlights their efforts along with the support of their art teachers and volunteers. It is an indirect but strong call for equality, acceptance and inclusion. The new creation is an altogether different approach to a historic artwork and this has been possible because of our collaboration with AkzoNobel, KLM, and Dubai Airports.”

After closing its doors during the pandemic, Mawaheb is ready to welcome back the students at its new location at GC Avenue, Al Quoz 3, starting 1st February 2022.