Dubai: Works of art from the collection of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, will be included in the first physical exhibition of the âDubai Collectionâ.
The exhibition, titled âWhen Pictures Speak: Highlights from the Dubai Collection,â will be held at the Etihad Museum in Dubai on November 6. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the museum ticket.
The Dubai Collection was developed last year in conjunction with the Art Dubai Group, which continues to be the primary point of contact for its full operations, performing activities on behalf of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
Built through an innovative partnership model, the collection brings together works of art from private and corporate collections for public appreciation and international scholarship.
Organized by Dr Nada Shabout, the exhibition will present a selection of modern and contemporary art from across the region, retracing a historical investigation into Arab modernism and its progression in contemporary trends, while highlighting the role of the Gulf region. in the documentation of the history of the Arab world of art.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Chairman of the Dubai Collection Steering Committee, said: Updating an innovative initiative conceptualized right here in Dubai. This could not have happened without the confidence of our patrons and their belief in the ambition of this project which aims to introduce the art of the Emirate to the public and public spaces of the United Arab Emirates and to the foreigner ; connect patrons with local artists; and collectively build Dubai’s art collection by supporting its cultural sector.
She added: âWe are delighted to present in our first exhibition works of art from the collection of [Sheikh Mohammed]. The presence of His Highness’s collection in Dubai Collection’s first-ever physical exhibition reflects its support for the growth of the creative sector in Dubai. The exhibition will present a rich account of 20th century Arab art, which will also shed light on the role played by the Gulf in documenting this artistic period. We look forward to welcoming the public for our inaugural exhibit at the Etihad Museum in November. “
Dr Shabout said: “With the aim of creating a historical study of modern and contemporary art in the region,” When Images Speak “will feature some of the most influential and progressive artists, all of whom have played a role. central role in the formation of modern movements in the region and shed light on the socio-cultural dynamics of their time.
Entitled ‘Abstract Variations’ and showcasing essential works of art by prominent artists from the region, including Dia Al Azzawi and Omar El Nagdi, the first chapter of the exhibition will examine the subject of abstraction in modern Arab art. .
The second chapter, âSocieties in Transitionâ, presents the surveys of artists on society, history, family, mythologies and culture. The works of artists such as Baya Mahieddine, Naziha Selim, and Asaad Arabi articulate artists’ understanding and self-dialogues through societal relationships.
In addition to the exhibition, an eponymous digital catalog presenting the research of Dr Shabout allows to contextualize the exhibited works.
The first physical exhibition will coincide with the launch of the collection’s ‘Digital Museum’, which will feature a catalog of works included in the Dubai Collection and biographical information on each of the artists, as well as editorial content on the history of Dubai. the collection in the United Arab Emirates. , profiles of the main patrons involved in the initiative and more information on the works.