Muscat – The French government, represented by the French Ministry of Culture, bestowed this honor upon H E Jamal bin Hassan al Moosawi, the Secretary-General of the National Museum, as a testament to his endeavors in promoting cultural and museum ties between the Sultanate of Oman and the French Republic.
The award ceremony took place on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at the French Embassy in Muscat. Veronique Ollivier, the Ambassador of the French Republic accredited to the Sultanate of Oman, presented the medal on behalf of Rima Abdul Malik, the esteemed French Minister of Culture.
The ‘Order of Arts and Literature’ (Knight) is one of the highest decorations in the French Republic, comprising three ranks: Knight, Officer, and Commander. It is bestowed upon decision-makers, creators, and distinguished figures in literature and art, recognising their contributions to promoting arts and literature in the French Republic or fostering French culture globally.
Notably, the National Museum has organised various exhibitions and events in collaboration with several cultural and museum institutions in the French Republic. For instance, the exhibition ‘Fragrant Journeys,’ held on October 17, 2022, at Bait Greiza, affiliated with the National Museum, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, France, and the French Embassy in Oman. The Museum also hosted a panel discussion on ‘Perfume Industry: Exploring New Perspectives’ on November 7, 2022, in collaboration with the French Embassy in Oman and the Omani-French Friendship Association, as part of the accompanying events for the ‘Fragrant Journeys’ exhibition. Additionally, on January 17, 2023, the National Museum hosted the conference ‘Oman Through the Eyes of Photographers: A Cinematographic Experience Through the Lenses of Omani and French Photographers’ in collaboration with the French Embassy. On May 11, 2023, the National Museum inaugurated the exhibition and activities for ‘Oman Day’ titled ‘Journey to the Land of Frankincense’ at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, France.
Furthermore, the National Museum has been involved in several bilateral agreements with the Louvre Museum in Paris since 2017. Up to the present date, the National Museum has hosted the exhibition ‘Paradise Gardens: The Language of Flowers in Iznik Ceramics’ as the first external exhibition organized by the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2021. This collaboration also extends to the field of training and professional development in the museum industry.