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Simon Shukar, Wali, date unknown, oil on canvas, about 50" x 30"
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A Visit to Kabulís National Gallery
by Steve Mumford

Kabul, June, 2010 -- The National Gallery of Kabul is situated in a beautiful and stately old manor, surrounded by the crazy bustle of this dusty, crowded city. It houses a collection of 20th century painting, distinct from the National Museum, which is devoted to ancient sculpture and artifacts. The National Gallery has no website, and no one there speaks much English on the day I visit. Through a combination of pidgin and miming I indicate to the staff that I want to take some photographs of the collection.


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