Nimrud at Zayed University

Zayed University

College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Opening May 16, 2017

Nimrud is a large-scale hand painted rendering of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq, which was severely damaged and looted by extremists in 2015. The work is a composite of images, archeological drawings and video stills of the site itself in various conditions - from colonial excavation to destruction- as well the portions of the archeological site located in museums around the world, including the National Museum of Iraq, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum.

This mural resonates with the United Arab Emirates' commitment to cultivate in their young people and society at large respect for diversity, ideological openness, and acceptance of others’ viewpoints- whether of civilizations past, present, or those to come. Nimrud aspires to create interest and dialog about the value of diversity, inclusion and stewardship of art and cultural heritage, including archeological objects and sites in the region. 

This mural is created with classical egg tempera paint prepared by hand, a painting technique and application that offers a contemporary approach to a traditional medium.