Emirates News Agency – NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery announces 2022 program


ABU DHABI, 1st February, 2022 (WAM) — NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery (NYUAD) has announced two major exhibitions for Spring and Fall 2022, in addition to global projects including the National Pavilion of UAE at the 2022 Arte Biennale in Venice, and the United Arab Emirates 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC.

On Tuesday, March 1, the gallery will open Parthenogenesis: Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian. The artists, originally from Iran, have adopted the UAE as their home. They are known for their immersive and surreal projects, performances, paintings and animations, which have been exhibited internationally, in multiple biennials and major museums (including the Liverpool, Sydney and Toronto biennials, and Kunsthalle Zurich, ICA Boston, MACBA Barcelona and an upcoming project at Hayward Gallery, London).

In their first institutional solo exhibition in the United Arab Emirates, the artists create a landscape in the gallery that traces how a work of art grows through an artist’s relationships with others. Parthenogenesis is a testament to their 13 years in Dubai as artists living and working together, creating an ever-changing landscape and tapestry of ideas and dialogues with collaborators, artists and visitors in their home.

Fall 2022 will feature Khaleej Modern, a historical survey of the past century of modern art movements across the Gulf Cooperation Council states, collectively known as “Khaleej”. Curated by Dr Aisha Stoby – who was recently named Curator of the inaugural Oman Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Khaleej Modern is based on her research, tracing the region’s pre-boom era in the early/mid-20th century until 2008 Dr. Aisha Stoby is an art historian and curator who has published and lectured extensively on modernism in the Global South, with a particular interest in modern art movements in the Arabian Peninsula.

In addition to this year’s program, The Art Gallery‘s Executive Director, Maya Allison, is curating the UAE National Pavilion at the 2022 Arte Biennale in Venice, which opens on April 23. The project stems from his long series of curatorial collaborations with artists. Entitled Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset, this significant new installation of human-sized abstract and organic sculptural forms is inspired by Ibrahim’s deep connection to the local environment of his hometown of Khor Fakkan, on the rocky eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Ibrahim is one of the leading experimental artists in the UAE and an influential member of the historic group of experimental conceptual artists who have led the avant-garde of visual art in the UAE since the 1980s.

Commenting on the 2022 programme, Allison said: “I am deeply thrilled to see the many ways in which, in 2022, we will celebrate and make visible existing art histories and investigate artistic practices that flourish beyond traditional frameworks of the art world. Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim is a seasoned experimental artist rooted outside the region’s urban centers, while Dr. Stoby’s groundbreaking research shows that groups of artistic communities have flourished throughout the modern Gulf, often as informal, self-sustaining collectives, as she will retrace in Khaleej Modern. I am compelled by the depth and complexity of the work of these artists, long recognized by their peers, but only now entering the canons of modern world art history.”

“Similarly, for our partnership with the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, curator, Munira Al Sayegh, and the artists she has selected for their current exhibition are all thriving within the context of the current UAE art scene. This ecosystem includes the artists in our spring exhibition. I look forward to welcoming the public to experience the radical rethinking of artistic practice by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, who have found inspiration in their artistic community in the Arab Emirates Supporting the research of scholars such as Dr. Stoby, Al Sayegh and the artistic practice of Ramin, Rokni and Hesam together constitute a fundamental tenet of The Art Gallery’s mission, both to defend and develop the work of artists and to document the journey that has led us to this moment,” she added.

Meanwhile, the art gallery’s current exhibition, Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Gray Collection, is open through Feb. 5.


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