8 Mar - 3 Mar

Divas in the Tropenmuseum


An exhibition about Divas who bring inspiration and experience to Arabic music and cinema.

The new exhibition Divas in the Tropenmuseum shows the worldwide artistic and social impact of female icons from Arab film and music. At the center are the stars Umm Kulthum, Asmahan, Warda and Fairuz whose music and films connect people all over the world. Divas shows how much meaning their work has had and still has today.

Divas tells about the lives and careers of these great artists from the 1920s to the 1970s. The exhibition pays homage to these powerful women who have definitively changed the art forms in which they excel and who, for the first time, give women a place in the press, music, dance, song and film.

Historical women, from the 1920s to today
Personal portraits of the artists also highlight the political and social history of the Arab world. In addition to being exceptional performers, the divas are also important historical figures: through music and film they connect Arabic speakers worldwide. The visitor is taken from the 1920s to the present day.
The exhibition, from March 8/International Women’s Day in the Tropenmuseum, was previously on display at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris in 2020 under the title Divas: D’Oum Kalthoum à Dalida.

Divas, from 8 March, Tropenmuseum, Linnaeusstraat 2